This article applies to selling in: United Arab Emirates

Prepare shipment

The Prepare shipment page helps you ship your inventory to Amazon. Follow the requirements below to help ensure safe and on-time delivery to our fulfillment centers.

Prepare shipment is the fifth step in the six-step shipment creation process:


  1. Set quantity
  2. Prepare products
  3. Label products
  4. Review shipments
  5. Prepare shipment
  6. Summary

On the Prepare shipment page, you can make selections regarding shipping method and carrier, and plan the number of boxes that will make up the shipments you are preparing to send. As part of this step, you also schedule and pay for your shipment, as well as print all of the labels for your shipping boxes or pallets.

You can make small modifications to your shipment at this time. However, the changes that you can make without incurring fees are limited to 5% of your shipment, or 6 items, whichever is greater.

Small parcel delivery (SPD)

Small parcel delivery (SPD) is for items packed in individual boxes, and the shipping boxes individually labeled for delivery.

Important: For small parcel delivery:
  • Approved boxes must be used
  • All boxes must have an FBA shipment label and a carrier label
  • Boxes containing multiple units must not exceed the standard weight limit of 15 kg
  • Individual items weighing more than 15 kg must be palletized and clearly marked, with "heavy weight" viewable from both the top and sides of each heavy-weight container
  • All boxes must adhere to the maximum weight of 40 kg that can be received in the fulfillment center
For more information, see Shipment Packing Requirements.

To complete your small parcel delivery request:

  1. Select Small parcel delivery (SPD) and your preferred carrier.
  2. Under Shipment packing, provide information about the contents of each box, including the quantity of each ASIN in each box, the weight and dimensions of the box, and any expiration dates. Click Confirm.
  3. Skip this step if you have not chosen a partner carrier in step 1 (unavailable in your region) - add the boxes, click Calculate to get an estimate of your shipping charge. Select I agree to the terms and conditions, and then click Accept charges.
  4. Select the label stock and click Print box labels. A PDF file is generated for you. You can open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader and print your labels immediately or save the file and print your labels later. Make sure you print the full set of labels.
    1. If you do not chose a partner carrier in step 1: There is one (1) label for each box in your shipment: an address label for carrier, which includes information the fulfillment center uses to verify the arrival and contents of the box. Make sure you put the correct label on each box. If you modify the number of boxes after you have already printed your labels, you must reprint the entire set of labels for your shipment.
    2. If you have chosen a partner carrier in step 1 (unavailable in your region) - There is one (1) more label for each box in your shipment: an shippin label.
    Important: When dealing with shipping label, each shipment ID labele is unique and required. Do not photocopy, reuse or modify labels for use on additionals boxes.
  5. If chose a partner carrier in step 1 (unavailable in your region). Affix the shipment labels to the boxes.
    If you are reusing boxes from previous shipments, remove or cover any other shipment labels or markings. Do not place labels on the box seam. Whenever possible, place shipment labels no closer than 1¼" from the edge of the box. The tape used to seal the box should not cover the shipment labels.

Less-than or full truckload (LTL/FTL)

Less than truckload (LTL) is for cases or boxes secured on pallets labeled for delivery. For LTL, the truck might contain shipments to other destinations. If your shipment qualifies for Full Truckload (FTL), the shipment will go directly to the fulfillment center. LTL and FTL shipments require a delivery appointment. For more information, see Scheduling advanced delivery appointments.

Important: For products shipped by truck:
  • Place labels so that they don't cover box seams
  • Stack boxes on standard EPAL pallets (1,200mm x 1,000 mm)
  • Pallets must not be stacked more than 180 cm high, including the pallet
  • Total weight of the pallet must not exceed 1,000 kg
  • Securely stretch-wrap each pallet
For more information, see Shipment Packing Requirements and Truckload (LTL/FTL) Packing Requirements.

To complete your Less-than or Full truckload request:


  1. Select Less than truckload (LTL) and your preferred carrier.
  2. In the "Shipment packing" step, follow the directions to provide box content information for each of your boxes. Box content information includes the quantity of each ASIN per box, the box weight and dimensions, and expiration dates (if applicable). Click Print box labels.
  3. Affix a label to the outside of each box so they will be visible when the pallet is unpacked at the fulfillment center.
  4. If you have pallets of differing heights and weights, click Add another row to add more pallet definitions.
  5. Skip to step if you have not chosen a partner carrier in step 1 (unavailable in your region):
    1. Under Freight-ready date, enter the date that your shipment will be ready for pick-up.
    2. Confirm that your contact information is correct. To modify your contact information, click Change contact.
    3. Select your freight class from the Freight class drop-down list. If you do not know the freight class, the carrier you selected will estimate it for you.
    4. Addthe boxes, click Calculate to get an estimate of your shipping charge. Select I agree to the terms and conditions, and then click Accept charges. Otherwise proceed with the next step.
  6. Click Print box labels. A PDF file is generated for you. You can open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader and print your labels immediately, or save the file and print your labels later. Make sure you print the full set of labels. Four (4) copies of each FBA shipping label for each pallet in your shipment will be generated. The FBA shipping label includes information the fulfillment center uses to verify the arrival and contents of the shipment. If you modify the number of pallets after you have already printed your labels, you must reprint the entire set of labels for your shipment.
    Important: Each label is unique and required. Do not photocopy, reuse, or modify labels for use on additional pallets.
  7. Skip to step if you have not chosen a partner carrier in step 1 (unavailable in your region)
    1. Affix an FBA shipping label to the top-center of each of the four sides of every stretch-wrapped pallet in your shipment.
For products shipped by truck:
  • Place labels so that they don't cover box seams
  • Stack boxes on standard EPAL pallets (1,200mm x 1,000 mm)
  • Pallets must not be stacked more than 180 cm high, including the pallet
  • Total weight of the pallet must not exceed 1,000 kg
  • Securely stretch-wrap each pallet
For more information, see Shipment Packing Requirements and Truckload (LTL/FTL) Packing Requirements.
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