This article applies to selling in: United Arab Emirates

Customer returns for international sales

When processing an international return for orders that you ship to customers in the United Arab Emirates, you must use 1 of the 3 methods listed below.

Return method options:

  • Method 1: Offer a full refund without requesting that the item be returned
  • Method 2: Provide a local return address in the buyer's store. For example, if you sell on Amazon.ae, provide a return address in the United Arab Emirates. If you do not have a local return address, an International Returns Provider on the Solution Provider Network may be able to help.

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  • Method 3: Provide a pre-paid return postage label for a return request from the store in which you are selling. For example, if you are a China seller selling on Amazon.ae, provide the customer with a return label from United Arab Emirates to you. We recommend that prepaid return shipping labels include tracking.
Note: Because buyers will no longer need to pay up-front for return shipping and wait to be reimbursed by the seller, we have disabled this option.

How to offer each return method

Method 1: Offer a full refund without requesting that the item be returned:

  1. From the Orders drop-down menu, click Manage returns.
  2. Select the return you would like to refund, and then click Issue refund.
  3. Select Buyer return as the reason for the refund, and process a full refund.
  4. Close the returns request by selecting Refund without return as the reason for closing the request and provide comments to the customer.
    Important: If you are issuing a Refund without return, you must refund the exact amount paid for the item. Negotiating a partial refund is not an alternative to a return.

Return method 2: Provide a local return address. To update your local return address:

  1. From the Settings drop-down menu, click Account Info.
  2. On the Seller Account Information page, under the Shipping and Returns Information section, click Return Address.
  3. On the Return Settings page, click Return Address Settings.
  4. Select an existing local address as your default domestic return address or enter a new default return address.
    Note: This must be a valid address that you are authorized to use.
  5. Click Submit.

Return method 3: Provide a pre-paid return mailing label for a return request:

  1. On the Orders drop-down menu, click Manage Returns.
  2. Click Authorize Request for the return request you would like to approve.
  3. Under Your return mailing label section, select I will provide a pre-paid mailing label for this request.
  4. Upload a shipping label, select the carrier used, and enter the Tracking ID if you have it.
  5. Set the return label cost to AED0.00 to ensure the buyer is not charged for return shipping.

Alternatively, you can email the pre-paid return label to the customer from the Buyer-Seller messages section of your Seller Central account.

Examples of providers of pre-paid labels include:

If we determine that you did not follow these requirements, we may pro-actively issue a refund to affected customers (allowing the customer to keep or discard the item).

As you consider how your customers will return items that they purchase from you, note the following options:

Customs

For international returns, you are responsible for complying with all the import and export obligations, and for payment of all applicable duties and customs fees.

Using Fulfillment by Amazon

When you choose FBA, Amazon will handle local returns on your behalf for FBA orders in that store, so you don't have to worry about providing a local return address. To learn more about FBA returns, go to Customer returns for orders fulfilled by Amazon.

Implementing restocking fees and offering partial refunds:

In certain situations, it is appropriate to charge the customer a restocking fee or offer a partial refund on the product being returned. Restocking fees or partial refunds must comply with Amazon's policies on returns, including for Returns and Restocking Fees.

Offering partial refunds:

In certain situations, it may be appropriate to offer a partial refund on the returned product. Full refunds should be given for returns, cancellations and out-of-stock items. Partial refunds should only be performed as a goodwill gesture or for compensation/dispute resolution issues (for example, the item arrived slightly damaged or there were minor discrepancies in the product description) and are made at the discretion of the seller. If you decide to issue a partial refund, we recommend agreeing on this with the buyer in advance to help avoid misunderstanding or a possible A-to-z Guarantee claim. For more information, go to Issue a Partial Refund.

Engaging a third-party international returns provider:

Depending on your sales volume and unit price, International Returns Providers may offer solutions that reduce the costs you incur when customers in other counties return your products. For example, some providers will consolidate returns and ship them back to you or ship them to another customer.

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