Some products require specific preparation so they arrive at Amazon fulfillment centers in the best condition. Prep guidance for many products is available in the Prepare products step as you create your shipment. You can also have Amazon do the prep for you for a per-item fee.
The shipment creation workflow allows you to create a shipment to our fulfillment centers in these six easy steps:
Set quantity for shipments to Amazon
Prepare your products for FBA shipping
Label your products
Review/view shipments to Amazon
Prepare shipment to Amazon
Summary of shipment process
FBA Prep Service
If you want Amazon to prepare your products for you, select Amazon in the Who preps? column. For more information about the per-item cost, see FBA Prep Service.
Important: FBA can prep only products that have a single UPC or EAN that corresponds to an ASIN in Amazon’s product catalog.
Even if you sign up for the FBA Prep Service, package your products so they will arrive safely at the fulfillment center. Package fragile, glass, and sharp items in such a way that they arrive intact and that fulfillment center associates can handle them safely.
Important: If you do not select Amazon in the Who preps? column, you are responsible for ensuring that your products meet all FBA prep requirements for shipping.
The Prep required tab on the Prepare products page has guidance for items that have specific preparation requirements.
If you think the requirements for the product you have listed are not appropriate or essential, click Investigate to start a review.
Items that have not been prepared according to the requirements will be subject to charges for unplanned prep services at the fulfillment center. Learn more about unplanned services fees
Prep requirements may include:
Products that require poly bagging should be completely sealed in a clear polyethylene bag that is at least 1.5 mil (0.0254 mm) thick. Make sure the barcode can be scanned through the bag, or place a barcode label on the outside.
Note: Adult products must be packaged using black, opaque poly bagging or shrink wrap. Bags that have an opening that measures more than 5 inches when laid flat must have a suffocation warning printed on or affixed to the, in a prominent location and in a legible font size.
Poly bagging may be required to:
Prevent leaks or spills from damaging other items in the shipment — usually for liquids and powders
Protect items from dust or dirt
Prevent loose items from being separated, such as individual items being sold as a set
For more information about specific product categories that may require poly bagging, see:
Packaging pellets, powders, and granular products
Packaging liquids, pastes, gels, and creams
Packaging plush units
Packaging apparel, fabric, and textiles
Packaging small products
Packaging sharp products
Products that require bubble wrap must:
Be tightly wrapped and taped shut so the product cannot fall out
Have a scannable barcode label on the outside
Be able to pass a 125 cm drop test on a hard surface without the contents breaking. A drop test consists of five drops:
Flat on base
Flap on top
Flat on longest side
Flat on shortest side
On a corner
Bubble wrap may be required because the item is:
Fragile and could be easily damaged during transit
Heavy or dense and could damage other items during transit
For more information, go to Packaging glass, ceramic, breakable, and fragile units.
Products that expire and are contained in packaging that requires additional prep, such as glass jars or bottles, must be prepped to ensure that fulfillment center associates can see the expiration date. For more information, go to Expiry-dated FBA inventory
We may require overboxing when there are safety concerns over shipping and handling. Overboxing generally involves placing a prepared or packaged product in a box for added protection (even if the product is already boxed). For products over 10 lb (4.5 kg), use double-wall corrugated boxes for overboxing.
Overboxing is required for the following types of products:
Sharp items that may puncture packaging materials
Fragile items that failed a 125 cm drop test after bubble wrap was applied or that may be damaged during shipping and handling
Hazardous liquids in glass containers over 125 ml
Products with this requirement need additional taping beyond what might normally be used to seal a box or poly bag or secure bubble wrap around an item.
Extra taping may be required if the item:
Might fall out of its packaging if the container is not taped shut
Might leak if the lid is not taped in place
Needs tape to be fully sealed within the container
Prep may be required
Click the Prep may be required tab to see products for which prep guidance is not available. This may be because the product has not been sent in before or has not been classified as having a specific prep requirement.
If you know the prep required for those products, click Choose category in the Prep guidance column, and from the drop-down list select the prep category that best suits your product.
If your product does not require additional prep, you can select No prep required.
The prep categories are:
Baby products: includes plush toys and other products for children 3 and under, such as teddy bears, pacifiers, and baby bottles.
Sharp: includes items that have sharp edges or are pointed, such as knives, scissors, and some tools.
Fragile/glass: includes items that can break or shatter, such as glassware, china, and picture frames.
Apparel, fabric, plush, and textiles: includes products made of cloth or textiles, including apparel not on hangers, blankets, and linens.
Small: includes products smaller than 2⅛ inches (5.4 cm) on the longest side, such as jewelry, key chains, and flash drives.
Adult: includes products displaying potentially offensive material, including explicit magazines and movies.
Liquids: includes liquids or gels of more than 125 ml in plastic bottles or jars, such as liquid soap, sprays, and lotions. Treat liquids in glass bottles or jars as fragile.
Powder, pellets, and granular: includes powders, scented home products, and powdered detergents.
After you have reviewed all of the prep guidance, click Continue.