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Fee changes in France in relation to the Digital Services Tax

What is the FR Digital Services Tax?

The FR government introduced a 3% tax on the revenues of large multinational enterprises generated from the provision of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces, which derive value from FR users. See here for more information.

How much will fees increase by?

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) fulfillment fees, monthly FBA Storage fees and Multichannel Fulfillment (MCF) fees in FR will increase by 3%.

To calculate the increase on fees which are a cash value (e.g. FBA fulfillment, MCF and storage fees), you should add 3% on to the cash value. For example, a €4.72 fulfillment fee becomes €4.86 (calculated as €4.72 + 3% = €4.86).

What fee types are being increased?

The following fee types are being increased in FR as of September 15, 2021:

  1. FBA Fulfillment fees: FBA fulfillment fees are a flat fee that you pay per unit shipped using FBA, based on the product type, its dimensions and its weight. Learn more about this fee type here. The increase will be applied to the FR rates on all envelope and parcel sizes (including oversize) for domestic FBA, Pan European FBA, Cross-border (European Fulfilment Network) and Small and Light. Example: for a parcel with a current FBA rate of €4.72 (standard parcel ≤0.4kg), you will pay a fee of €4.86 (calculated as €4.74 + 3% = €4.86) starting September 15, 2021.
  2. Multichannel Fulfilment (MCF) fees: MCF fees are charged to fulfil orders from other websites using inventory stores in our fulfillment centers. Learn more here . The increase will be applied to the FR rates on all envelope and parcel sizes (including oversize) for domestic FBA, multichannel inventory (MCI), Pan European and Cross-border (European Fulfillment Network) shipments, for both standard and expedited services. Example: A parcel with a current rate of €5.80 (standard parcel ≤0.4kg), you will pay a fee of €5.9 starting September 15, 2021.
  3. Monthly FBA Storage fees: Monthly storage fees are calculated based on the space you use to store your items in an Amazon fulfillment Centre. Storage fee is based on the daily average volume in cubic feet per month and varies between low season (January to September) and high season (October to December). Learn more about this fee type here . The Digital Services Tax Recovery fee will be applied to the FR rates across all categories, standard size, oversize and low season (Jan-Sept) and high season (Oct-Dec) rates. Example: The standard size storage rate in FR which is currently €26 per cubic meter per month, you will pay a fee of €26.78 per cubic meter per month starting September 15, 2021.
  4. FBA long-term storage fees: Inventory items that have been in our fulfillment centers for more than 365 days will be charged a monthly long-term storage fee. Learn more about this fee type here . The increase will be applied to the FR rates across all categories. Example: the standard rate for non-media items is €170 per cubic meter per month. You will pay a fee of €175.1 per cubic meter per month starting September 15, 2021.
  5. Returns processing fee: the returns processing fee is equal to 50% of the total fulfillment fee for a given product in the Clothing, and Shoes and Handbags categories. The increase will be applied depending on customer and selling partner location, to the FR rates on all envelope and parcel sizes (including oversize) for domestic FBA, Pan European FBA, Cross-border (European Fulfilment Network) and Small and Light. Example: the standard returns processing fee for a standard parcel ≤0.4kg is €2.36, you will pay a fee of €2.43 starting September 15, 2021.
  6. Optional services (removal, disposal, labelling, bagging, bubble wrap, taping, and opaque bagging) are charged per unit. Learn more about this fee type here .The increase will be applied to the FR rates across all categories, envelope, parcel, oversize and Small and Light. Example: the standard bagging fee for parcel is €0.5 per unit, you will pay a fee of €0.51 per unit starting September 15, 2021.

    What fee types are not being increased?

    Unless the fee type is stated above, it will not be subject to the 3% increase at this time.

    If the monthly FBA Storage Fees are being increased from 15 September, 2021, when will I see the increase in my invoice?

    The increased inventory storage fee for September will appear in your October invoice, which will be raised between 7th and 15th October.

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