Amazon FBA Packing Requirements

Fulfilment by Amazon - Ship from China to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world via CNXtrans

Selling through Amazon FBA has become one of the most profitable ways to sell products purchased from China to customers in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Before getting started, it is important to know and understand the Amazon FBA packing requirements before shipping internationally to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world. As your China-based shipping agent which ships thousands of packages to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world each year, CNXtrans is aware of all these requirements but it would be good for you to let your suppliers know to so that they are aware when preparing your goods. 

Amazon FBA Shipment Packaging Requirements

(as stipulated by Amazon)

Amazon FBA Shipment Packing Requirements

Since we ship out hundreds of shipments from China to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world each month, CNXtrans is familiar with all the Amazon FBA packaging requirements as given below. If your suppliers do not pack and label your goods in a way that meets Amazon's FBA requirements, we will repack and label them for you. You can email (contact@cnxtrans.com) all the Amazon labels to us and we will print them out and label your packages accordingly at no extra charge. 

Nevertheless, just so that both your suppliers and you are aware, below is a list of Amazon's FBA shipment packaging requirements. You can also share this information with your suppliers in China.

 

Following these instructions helps ensure that your Amazon shipments arrive undamaged and ready for intake to Amazon fulfilment centers:

  • Use a rigid, six-sided box with flaps intact.

  • Use a single address label that has clear, complete delivery and return information.

  • Each box you include in the shipment must have its own unique FBA shipment label printed from your Shipping Queue.

  • Each pallet requires four labels, one on the top center of each side. Each box on the pallet also requires its own label.

  • When shipping multiple case packs in a master carton, apply the unique shipping label on the master carton.

  • If you are reusing boxes, remove all old shipping labels or markings.

  • Cover existing barcodes with opaque tape or use a black felt-tip marker to render the barcode un-scannable. This prevents the incorrect barcode from being accidentally scanned during the receiving process.

  • Wrap all items separately.

  • Use adequate packaging material.

  • Use strong tape designed for shipping.

  • Use 5 cm of cushioning between each of your items and the inside of the box.

  • After you pack your box, shake it gently. The contents should not move when shaken.

  • Using boxes with dimensions measuring at least 15 x 10 x 5 cm and weighing at least 500 g (but no more than 150 cm on any side and under 30 kg total) can reduce delays in receiving.

 

Avoiding the following also helps ensure shipments arrive ready for intake to Amazon fulfilment centers:

  • Do not use point-of-sale containers. Point-of-sale containers are part of the product you are selling and typically contain one single unit. (For example, a coffee maker shipped and sold in its original container.)

  • Do not use open boxes typically used for display purposes. (For example, open- front boxes or boxes without tops.)

  • Do not use pallet-sized boxes (also known as gaylords)

  • Do not use string, straps or over-wrap (plastic or paper).

  • Do not bundle multiple boxes together.

  • Picking the right-sized box for what you are shipping is important. If the container is too large, you will need to fill it up with enough packaging material so that the box will not collapse if heavier boxes are stacked on top during shipping.

Acceptable standard boxes:

 

  • Regular slotted carton (RSC)

  • B flute

  • ECT-32 (edge crush test)

  • 200 lb./sq. inch (burst strength)

 

 

Use a minimum of 5 cm of appropriate packing material around each item and the same amount in between your products and the walls of the box. If your items are being shipped in the manufacturer's case pack, the 5 cm of packing material is not necessary.

Box dimensions

Boxes containing multiple standard-size items must not exceed 150 cm on any side. Boxes that are excessively large relative to the oversize units may be subject to restriction of shipping privileges, additional fees or refusal at an Amazon fulfilment center.

 

Box weight

If you are using an Amazon-partnered carrier, weigh and measure boxes and pallets accurately and ensure that the correct values are supplied for every shipment. In addition:

  • Boxes must not exceed the standard weight limit of 30 kg, unless they contain one single oversized item that exceeds 30 kg.

  • For a single oversized item that exceeds 30 kg, attach a label that clearly indicates Manual Pallet Jack Lift on the top and sides of the box.

  • Boxes containing Jewellery or watches must not exceed 28 kg.

 

If your suppliers do not follow these requirements when packing your goods, we'll repack your goods for you to ensure that they adhere to them and are ready to be shipped and accepted by Amazon FBA warehouses around the world. 
 

Packing materials:

Using appropriate packing material ensures your shipment quickly moves through the fulfilment centre receiving process and protects our associates from potential safety issues.

 

Use these:

 

  • Bubble Wrap

  • Full sheets of paper (heavy-weight kraft paper is best)

  • Inflatable air pillows

  • Polyethylene foam sheeting

 

 

Do not use these:

 

  • All types of packing peanuts, including those made of biodegradable material or corn starch

  • Foam strips

  • Crinkle wrap

  • Shredded paper

  • Thermocol chips

  • Styrofoam