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Amazon Institutes New Requirement for FBA Sellers

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Fulfillment By AmazonAmazon announced a new requirement for sellers who use its Fulfillment by Amazon FBA service. Beginning October 2nd, sellers are required to provide the weight of a product in the manufacturer’s original packaging. There was some confusion among sellers who wondered if that included any extra packaging they added before sending to Amazon warehouses.

One seller asked, “It says manufacturer’s original packaging…. sometimes we put the item in another box for protection before shipping to Amazon. So, would it be the weight of the item in the manufacturer’s original packaging?”

Among the responses, one seller replied, “Most manufacturers have specification or sell sheets or catalogs that include this information. You may need to request it. That is pretty normal for new products. Hopefully this will be similar to providing the package dimensions and you only do it for items that have not yet been shipped (ever) to a fulfillment center and never need to do it again.”

Amazon letter to sellers follows:

Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon,
In order for your products to be placed in our fulfillment centers more accurately and to be ready for sale quicker, starting on October 2, 2017, you will be required to provide the weight of a product in the manufacturer’s original packaging.

This information will help improve the accuracy of your inventory records and help move your products through our fulfillment network more efficiently so that they can become ready for sale quicker. You will receive a prompt to enter this weight for each ASIN when you create a new shipping plan if this information is not already on file. You will only be asked to provide this information once per ASIN.

The weight of the product in the manufacturer’s original packaging is needed in addition to the box content information, because it allows us to calculate the weight of each unit within the box individually.

Visit Send FBA inventory to Amazon (sign-in required) to learn more about shipping to our fulfillment centers.

To find out more about box content information, visit Box content information for shipments to Amazon (sign-in required).

Thank you for selling on Amazon.
The Fulfillment by Amazon team

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One thought on “Amazon Institutes New Requirement for FBA Sellers”

  1. Does this mean that Amazon will not be shipping all the extra air in a box. You know the box that weighs 2 lbs and is shipped in a box weighing 3 pounds because the outer box is bigger than large.

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