Amazon has announced that they’re making some changes to their Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) fees. These changes will affect FBA sellers beginning in October. We want to give you as much advance warning as possible so you can make decisions regarding your FBA shipments.
Amazon had a significant storage shortage during last year’s holiday months, and are trying to encourage their sellers to only store items that will sell during the holiday season. Items that don’t sell are set to be charged more fees.
This change does not affect you unless you use Amazon’s fulfillment services.
Starting on October 1st, 2016 and continuing through the holiday months to 2017, Amazon is raising some of their monthly storage fees for FBA inventory. The storage fees for October will decrease, but will then increase for November and December. You can expect to see these increases in your November charges for items stored in October.
Amazon is also decreasing the weight handling fees they charge in November and December to defray the additional storage costs. If you’re reducing the amount of storage you’re using, and your items are moving, you’ll likely pay less in overall FBA fees.
Box content information will be required beginning in November, 2016. This is different from previous box content requirements in that it will now apply to all boxes. Previously shipments with 55% or more FBA units were already providing box content information.
Amazon has provided a full list of fees and fee information, including more in-depth information regarding these changes. You can find this information on Amazon’s FBA charges page.
Look over your FBA shipment plans for the holidays. If you have items that didn’t sell quickly last year, or may not sell quickly this year, consider shipping them after the holiday season to keep your storage fees low. Take advantage of the reduced weight handling fees to send in items that may be heavier than your usual shipments, but that will move quickly.