Packaging your shipment correctly is crucial to making sure your inventory reaches us safely and that it's optimized for entry into our fulfillment centers.
A successful Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) shipment to a fulfillment center begins with the proper product preparation and packaging. See Packaging and prep requirements for important instructions. For larger scale shipments, see Truckload delivery to Amazon.
Following these instructions helps ensure shipments arrive undamaged and ready for intake to our fulfillment centers:
Avoiding the following also helps ensure shipments arrive ready for intake to Amazon fulfillment centers:
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.
Use a minimum of 2 inches 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 2 inches of packing material is not necessary.
Using appropriate packing material ensures your shipment quickly moves through the fulfillment center receiving process and protects our associates from potential safety issues.
Bubble Wrap or small cell bubble sheeting provides surface protection as well as shock absorption. It can also be wrapped around almost any product, regardless of shape or size.
Paper, specifically kraft paper intended for packing applications, can be used to fill empty space in your shipping box. For best results, use kraft paper with a minimum basis weight of 27 kg to ensure that it is thick enough to provide protection.
Inflatable air pillows use air pressure to secure and hold products in place inside the shipping container, and provide an air barrier of cushioning. They generally come in a strip of air pillows that you can easily use as lightweight dunnage to fill the empty space in your box.
Polyethylene foam sheeting is thin, soft, resilient, and provides surface protection and cushioning properties. This type of packaging is good for protecting lightweight items.