As an Amazon seller, it is very important that you know about Amazon FBA Label requirements and Amazon packaging requirements.
You should remember that Amazon fulfillment centers process thousands of shipments every day. They don’t have time to deal with shipments with no label, and also don’t have time to care about whether your products are with the right label.
Shipments with no FBA Box ID label will mostly be rejected by Amazon. Products with the wrong FNSKU will lead to sending the wrong goods to customers.
This blog will give you some detailed information about Amazon FBA label requirements. Let’s dive right in.
Amazon FBA Product Label Requirements
When it comes to properly labeling your FBA packages, it is important that you know the key label requirements that you will have to follow. You will need to be as meticulous as possible, because labeling mistakes could cost you both time and money.
What is FBA Product Barcode Label
FBA product barcode labels are necessary for identifying and tracking products within Amazon’s fulfillment circle. The wrong product barcode label will waste you time and money, and provide a bad experience for you customers.
When it comes to Amazon FBA label requirements it is important that you know how to use FBA product barcode labels.
What are FBA product barcode labels? These are specialized barcodes that are used to identify and keep track of inventory during the entire fulfillment process.
Whether you are going to send any product to an Amazon fulfillment center, you will need to get a product barcode. Here are the three kinds of barcodes.
Manufacturer Barcodes (UPC)
A manufacturer barcode is used to keep track of all eligible inventory during the fulfillment process. Manufacturer barcodes include UPC, EAN, JAN, and ISBN. If a product is not considered eligible for virtual tracking, a manufacturer barcode will no longer be used. Instead, an Amazon barcode will be used.
Amazon Barcodes (FNSKU)
FNSKU means Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit. This is used by Amazon to identify a product, that is unique to a specific seller. If a product does not fit the overall requirements for a Manufacturer barcode, an Amazon barcode will be used instead.
Transparency authenticity code
This is an item-level sticker that helps safeguard brand owners and customers from counterfeit products. These codes usually come with a “T”logo. These logos must never be covered or covered by another label. Please be reminded that it is not required for all products.
Tips: Your products must have manufacture barcodes or Amazon barcodes label. And the transpanrency authenticity code label is not required for all items.
Why You Need To Choose FNSKU
There are manufacture barcodes and Amazon barcodes, choose which one?
The FNSKU is a better choice. As stated earlier, an FNSKU is used by Amazon to identify products that are unique to a specific seller.
Firstly, there will be times when a seller’s inventories have the same manufacturer barcodes. In this case, Amazon will usually fulfill the orders of the sellers with inventory that is closest to the customer. This will speed up the delivery process.
So, if you use manufacturer barcode, Amazon may use your inventory to fulfill other sellers’ orders. But if you use FNSKU on your products, this kind of thing won’t happen.
Secondly, some products must use FNSKU, such as:
- Media product
- Product designed for infants or children
- Items with an expiry date
- Items that are not in new condition
Other Labels on FBA Products
Aside from the labels mentioned earlier, there are other labels that you will need to be aware of. These labels are also important, because if your product lacks these labels, you may have to pay an extra fee in the long run. Here are other labels that you should be aware of.
1) Sold as set
This label is meant for products that are sold as a set. This is meant to warn the shippers that it has various parts, and should not be separated. This designates the product with a “do not separate” or “part of a set” status.
2) Suffocation warning
This label is meant to warn the buyers and the packing company that the contents are a suffocation hazard and should be kept away from the reach of children. If you use a polybag as a product package and its opening is over 12.5 cm, a suffocation warning label is required.
3) Country of origin
The term country of origin refers to the country from where an item was manufactured or produced. This label is particularly important because a majority of shipments need to pay specific import fees.
Some key examples of countries that need country of origin labels are The United States of America, Germany, South Korea, France and the United Kingdom.
Common Mistakes About labeling Product
- Use a unclear FNSKU label, which can not be scanned
- The FNSKU label cover important information (product name, logo and material)
- The FNSKU be placed on an inaccessible place, which can be scanned
- Required label missed. For instance, your product sold as a set but don’t have this label
Amazon FBA Box Label Requirements
As we delve deeper into Amazon FBA box label requirements, please be reminded that there are two labels required for each shipping box. These are the FBA box ID label and carrier labels.
What is FBA Box Label
What labels are required on your shipping box? FBA Box ID label, carrier label, anything else? Read on to learn more.
FBA Box ID label
The FBA Box ID label is a label that is necessary for the shipping process. For each box, a unique FBA ID label should be attached. The main use of this label, is that it helps Amazon identify the items in the shipping box.
If you are going to use an FBA Box ID label, it should contain the following information.
- Ship From: This should contain the seller’s name and address.
- Ship To: This should have the address of the Amazon warehouse.
- FBA shipment identifier: This specialized barcode helps to distinguish your packages.
- Internal use only: This data is located below the FBA barcode, and should contain the following information: Product unit quantity, Mixed SKU statement which are for parcels containing products with different SKUs and Partial case statement, which are for large boxes that contain multiple parcels.
A carrier label is a kind of identification label that helps to specify and describe the contents of a package. Your carrier label usually depends on the carrier that you use. However, even if you use different carriers, you should still make sure that the label has the necessary address, name, weight and tracking barcode.
A quick reminder about carrier labels. If you choose to use an Amazon-partnered carrier label such as UPS, ACPS, or FedEx, you will get your carrier label from Amazon seller central. However, if you opt not to use an Amazon-partnered carrier label, then you could always get a carrier label from your freight forwarder or carrier.
Other Labels on Amazon FBA Box
Aside from using carrier labels and FBA box ID labels, you will also need some other labels to speed up the shipping process. Here are some key labels that you will need to use.
1) Country of Origin
The country of origin label is necessary due to the need to pay specific import fees. Putting the country of origin label on your shipment expedites the shipping process.
2) Team Lift Labels
This label is necessary if your Amazon FBA package weighs more than 50lbs. If a package is heavier than the limit, Amazon will consider your package as over-sized. When placing the label on the box, it must be placed on all sides of the box.
3) Mech Lift label
This label is meant for packages that weigh more than 100lbs. When placing this label, it must be put on top of the box. You should also put them on the side of the surfaces.
4) Fragile Label
If you are going to ship easily broken packages, you will need to use a fragile label. Some key examples of fragile objects are industrial materials, laboratory equipment, and retail goods. By using these labels you will be able to warn the movers that your products need careful handling.
How to Label for Amazon FBA Box
Now that you know what Amazon FBA shipping labels and carrier labels are. Let’s get started on how to actually label your Amazon FBA box. Here are some key tips for labeling your Amazon FBA box.
- You should make sure to attach the FBA Box ID label in an accessible place.
- The labels must not be closer than 2cm to any of the edges of your box.
- The carrier label must be near the FBA box ID label
- Before sending out your package, you should make sure that your boxes have a unique carrier label and FBA box ID label.
Common Mistakes on Label Shipping Box
While you could follow all the FBA shipment label tips, you may still end up making some mistakes. Remember that any mistakes could cost you a good deal of money and time in the long run. Here are some common FBA shipment label mistakes that you should take into account of.
- You accidentally put the FBA Box ID labels or carrier labels on the opening of the shipping box.
- Mistakenly using A4 paper to print FBA Box ID label.
- The FBA box ID labels are smudged and cannot be scanned.
- Two different FBA Box ID labels are used on one shipping box.
- Two differing carrier labels are used on just one shipping box.
- Required label missed
Amazon FBA Pallet Label Requirements
When it comes to transporting large products safely, it is a good idea to use FBA pallet services. Before you use them though, you should be aware of the labels that are used. Lets delve further into Amazon FBA pallet services and their required labels.
What is an FBA Pallet Label
The FBA pallet label is a specialized label that Amazon uses to move palletized shipments. What are palletized shipments? They are shipments that utilize pallets or crude makeshift platforms.
These types of shipments take a great deal of heavy lifting, and will need specialized labels in order to pass through Amazon shipping requirements.
If you use LTL or FTL, you need an FBA pallet label. This helps Amazon quickly identify what the shipments on the pallet are, and improve the speed of warehousing.
Each pallet must have four FBA pallet labels, you can find and download your pallet label on Amazon seller central.
Other labels on FBA pallet
Apart from Amazon FBA pallet label there are other labels that you will need to take into account. These labels are the following:
1) Do not break label
This label is used when the pallet is stretch-wrapped in clear plastic. This label is meant to warn handlers that the plastic should not be broken. You should also take note that plastics must be clear. If you use the black or colored stretch wrap, your shipment could get rejected.
2) Single ASIN pallet label
An ASIN means Amazon Standard Identification Number, and is meant to act as an identifier for products during the shipping process. Each pallet must be equipped with a single ASIN pallet label. This will contain the 10 letter or number combination that will help speed up product identification.
How do you label for Amazon FBA pallet
When using any labels on an Amazon pallet you should remember that amazon follows strict rules for labeling. Here are some key tips for labeling an Amazon FBA pallet.
- You should use the right pallet label.
- The pallet label must be attached to an easily accessible place.
- The labels should be attached to all four sides of the pallet, on the outside of the stretch wrap.
Common Mistakes on FBA Pallet Labels
Aside from following the necessary tips for using FBA pallet labels, you should take note of the following mistakes on FBA pallet labels. Here are some common mistakes you should take note of.
- You should avoid using the wrong pallet labels. They won’t match the shipment and cause confusion.
- You should never use A4 paper to print your pallet labels. They are against regulations.
- Refrain from attaching the pallet labels to the inside of the stretch wrap.
- Required label missed
When it comes to being an Amazon seller, it is very important that you know how to use Amazon FBA label requirements. Remember that your Amazon FBA is very strict when it comes to labels. If your FBA labels are incorrect, your products will be rejected by the Amazon FBA fulfillment center. This will end up costing you time and resources in the long run.
In order to prevent these mistakes from happening, you should master all the Amazon FBA requirements. On the other hand, if you find memorizing these requirements tricky you could always hire a trustworthy freight forwarder that has a prep service to do the task for you.