FBA Fees 2019 - Fulfillment Fees, Storage Fees & Referral Fees
Effective February 19th, 2019
Each year Amazon makes FBA fee changes relative to the changing market costs it experiences in providing fulfillment, transportation and customer services. This year, the FBA fee changes will apply to shipments leaving FBA fulfillment centers on or after February 19th, 2019.
Fulfillment fees are what you pay to Amazon for returns, and customer service, receiving your item, packaging it and sending it to a customer.
There is also a new fulfillment fee structure for products deemed “dangerous goods”. Dangerous Goods include flammable or pressurized aerosol substances and items that contain lithium-ion batteries.
According to Amazon this is good news because "over 40% of FBA units shipped to experience no change—or even a decrease” with the new changes.
* Intended to be used and must be used for informational purposes only.
Fees may be changed by Amazon at any time.
The 2019 FBA Fee Changes
In the above table, sizes in the far left column are defined as follows:
- Small standard-size: packaged items weighing 12 oz. or less with longest side equal to 15 inches or less, shortest side equal to 0.75 inches or less, median side = 12 inches or less
- Large standard-size: packaged items weighing 20 lb. or less with its longest side equal to 18 inches or less, its shortest side equal to 8 inches or less, and its median side equal to 14 inches or less
- Small oversize: any packaged unit weighing 70 lb. or less with its longest side equal to 60 inches or less, its median side equal to 30 inches or less, and its longest side plus girth equal to 130 inches or less
- Medium oversize: any packaged unit weighing 150 lb. or less with its longest side equal to 108 inches or less, and its longest side plus girth equal to 130 inches or less
- Large oversize: any packaged unit weighing 150 lb. or less with its longest side equal to 108 inches or less, and its longest side plus girth equal to 165 inches or less
- Special oversize: any packaged unit with weight exceeding one or more of the following: over 150 lb. (dimensional weight or unit weight), exceeding 108 inches on its longest side, or over 165 inches when longest side is added to girth. In addition, products that Amazon determines require special handling or delivery will qualify for Special Oversize
While fulfillment fees have remained unchanged across small and large standard-size products, heavier items, oversize items, dangerous goods and Subscribe & Save items have all been subject to fee changes.
- Heavy and oversize items – Sellers have seen a slight increase in rates across all oversize items, as well as standard-size items weighing more than 10 oz.
- Dangerous goods – For the first time, Amazon is billing dangerous goods separately from other items. Products containing flammable substances, pressurized aerosol substances or lithium-ion batteries are now subject to slightly higher fulfillment fees.
- Subscribe & Save – Beginning in September, Amazon will be simplifying fees for Subscribe & Save items, offering a 5% or 10% discount with every new item you add to the program.
After increasing long-term storage fees in September of 2018, Amazon is reversing this decision by lowering long-term storage fees and completely eliminating fees for units stored for 181-365 days. Amazon now charges long-term storage fees only on units that are stored for more than a year and has reduced the minimum storage fee on these items from $0.50 per unit to $0.15 per unit.
We are, however, seeing an increase in monthly storage fees for dangerous goods, aligning with the fulfillment fee changes mentioned above. Amazon has now introduced separate storage fees for dangerous goods, charging slightly higher monthly fees on any items with flammable or pressurized aerosol substances.
2019 has brought about some welcomed changes for sellers in the Beauty, Health & Personal Care, Baby products, Grocery & Gourmet products, Jewelry and Watches, Jewelry items and Furniture categories. Amazon has lowered referral fees across these categories, likely in an effort to build up its product offerings in these areas, with percentages breaking down as follows:
- Beauty, Health & Personal Care, and Baby products (excluding Baby Apparel) – drop from 15% to 8% on items $10 or less
- Grocery & Gourmet products – drop from 15% to 8% on items $15 or less
- Furniture items (excluding mattresses) – drop from 15% to 10% on any amount of the total price above $200
- Jewelry items – drop from 20% to 5% on any amount of the total price above $250
- Jewelry and Watches – drop from $2 to $0.30 per item
30 additional categories – drop from $1 to $0.30 per item
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- Median side: the dimension of a product that is neither the longest nore the shortest side
- Girth: equivalent to 2 x (median side + shortest side)
- Unit weight: the weight of an individual unit
To determine which product size tier your product fits under, refer to Amazon's posted product size tier.