FBA Prep and Compliance: Understanding Amazon’s Requirements

November 17, 2023
FBA Prep and Compliance

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Prep and Compliance is a vital aspect of utilizing Amazon’s FBA services. Understanding and adhering to Amazon’s stringent requirements is crucial for successful participation in the FBA program. This article comprehensively discusses these requirements and offers guidance for e-commerce retailers to navigate the FBA system effectively.

Amazon FBA Explained

Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) allows e-commerce retailers to outsource packaging and delivery tasks to Amazon’s dedicated third-party centers. This system eases the logistical burdens on retailers and ensures a streamlined delivery process. However, participation in the FBA program necessitates adherence to specific requirements, particularly regarding product barcoding and packaging​​.1

Amazon FBA Checklist Steps

It’s essential for sellers to thoroughly understand and comply with Amazon’s Terms of Service and FBA requirements. These guidelines cover various aspects of merchandise preparation, packaging, and labeling​​.2

Preparation Essentials

1. Gathering Materials
Successful FBA prep starts with acquiring the right materials. This includes measuring tools (like scales and tape measures), packaging items (such as poly bags, bubble wrap, and boxes), a thermal-capable printer, and a dedicated workstation. Labels and barcodes for tracking packages are also necessary​​.3

2. Packaging Options
Sellers can choose between self-packaging or using a prep center. Prep centers, operated by third parties, provide shipping equipment and labels, but at an additional cost​​.4

3. Packaging Specifications
Amazon allows several types of packaging, including poly bags and various box types like B Flute, ECT-32, 200 Burst Strength, and Regular Slotted Carton. Each type has specific requirements in terms of size, weight, and durability​​.5

4. Special Considerations
For case-packed items, Amazon has guidelines on the number of units per box. Additionally, certain clothing items have specific rules regarding packaging with hangers​​.6

5. Labeling Requirements
Amazon mandates specific shipping marks and labels for FBA items. These include manufacturer-affixed barcodes, Amazon FNSKU barcodes, safety labels (like “Team Lift” or “Mechanical Lift” for oversized items), and a shipment ID label. Proper placement of these labels is crucial to avoid shipping errors​​.7

Avoiding Common Shipping Errors

Common mistakes include using prohibited packaging materials like styrofoam and packing peanuts. Sellers are encouraged to use acceptable alternatives like air pillows or full sheets of paper​​.8

Amazon FBA Compliance

Compliance is key to maintaining safety and regulatory standards. Non-compliance can result in serious consequences, such as removal of listings, customs issues for international shipments, and destruction of inventory at Amazon fulfillment centers​​.9

1. Manage Your Compliance Dashboard
Amazon offers a “Manage Your Compliance” dashboard to help sellers upload and manage product compliance documents efficiently. This tool streamlines the process of adhering to compliance requirements, reducing the time and effort involved​​.10

2. Bulk Document Upload
The dashboard allows bulk uploads of compliance documents for up to 5,000 ASINs at a time, simplifying the process for sellers with multiple listings​​.11

3. Compliance Reference Tool
This tool assists sellers in navigating compliance obligations across various product categories and types, staying updated on changing requirements. It includes information on import/export regulations, product safety, and more​​.12


Adhering to Amazon’s FBA Prep and Compliance requirements is critical for sellers to maintain their presence and success on the platform. By understanding and efficiently managing these requirements, sellers can ensure a smooth operation within the Amazon ecosystem, ultimately benefiting their business and customer satisfaction.

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