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Remove inventory from Amazon FBA

By Last updated on: February 11, 2021

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Amazon FBA sellers sometimes find themselves in a position of needing to reduce inventory. But, returning or disposing of products from Amazon FBA centers isn’t free. If the merchandise is not selling, it might be beneficial to avoid long-term storage fees. We will discuss why removal could be helpful and how to accomplish a successful removal.

Why remove inventory from Amazon FBA centers?

Remember, even if a product is not subject to long-term storage fees, there is still an Amazon storage fee. If profits will not cover these expenses, it’s prudent to take down the listing and eliminate the product from FBA centers.

Inventory removal tips

  • Fulfillable inventory is available for purchase until you withdraw it.
    • To prevent the sale, close the listing entirely.
  • After the removal order is created, the address on the removal order cannot be changed.
  • Amazon provides notification of required removals when the inventory is not sellable.
  • Amazon cannot ship removal orders to US territories, postal boxes, or other fulfillment centers.
  • The full name and address fields must be under 50 characters.
  • The return address must be a physical street address in the seller account

It can take up to 30 business days to Remove inventory from Amazon FBA with a removal order. Once the carrier has picked up the stock, they will contact the designated recipient to arrange the transfer. If there are any issues, an Amazon team member will contact you. FBA inventory located in various fulfillment centers may arrive in multiple shipments from different carriers.

Cancel a Removal Order?

Once a removal order is submitted, there is only a short time to cancel the order. You can cancel the order if the status is “Planning” or “Pending.” Removal orders typically stay in Planning or Pending status for only a few hours. But if the status is “Processing,” the order cannot be canceled

Ordinarily, orders to remove inventory from Amazon FBA are executed within 14 business days. Yet, removal order processing could take 30 business days or more during holidays and peak periods.

FBA removal order fees  

Size TierShipping WeightRemoval fee per unit
Standard size0 to 0.5 lb.$0.25
0.5+ to 1.0 lb.$0.30
1.0+ to 2.0 lbs.$0.35
More than 2 lbs.$0.40 + $0.20/lb above first 2 lb
Oversize and special handling items*0 to 1.0 lb$0.60
1.0+ to 2.0 lb$0.70
2.0+ to 4.0 lb$0.90
4.0+ to 10.0 lb$1.45
More than 10.0 lb$1.90 + $0.20/lb above first 10 lb

Shipping weight in the standard-size tiers under one pound is calculated by rounding up to the nearest 0.1 pound. The shipping weight is calculated for the remaining size tiers by rounding up to the nearest whole pound. Special handling items may cover apparel, shoes, watches, jewelry, and hazardous goods.

Removal order transactions  

When a seller initiates a removal or disposal order, the fees become effective on that creation date. Removal transactions will appear in the payments report. In the “Transaction View” tab of the payments report, select “Service Fees” from the drop-down menu. Then select the desired date range from the drop-down menu and click “Update.”

Under Product Details, find transactions labeled “FBA Removal Order.” The date column displays the date that the removal order was processed. Then, the Amazon fees column indicates the amount charged for that line item.

Remove inventory from Amazon FBA

Remove inventory from Amazon FBA automatically  

It is possible to remove inventory from Amazon FBA automaically. You can enable removals for unsellable inventory, for inventory subject to long-term storage fees, or for both types of merchandise.

When inventory in an Amazon fulfillment center is not in sellable condition, its status changes to “Unfulfillable.” This inventory is set aside. If, after 30 days, you do not create a removal order for your unsellable inventory, it is likely to be automatically disposed of. You can also choose to have all unsellable inventory returned to you automatically by enabling this in your seller account.

Remove inventory from Amazon FBA

Effective inventory control is the secret to maintaining a strong profit margin.

Damaged or incorrect removed items  

When the removed inventory from Amazon FBA arrives, accept delivery and document any damage or loss. Amazon will issue reimbursement for damaged units per the FBA lost and damaged inventory policy. This is the same policy in which you can request reimbursement for your FBA inventory. Refund Retriever also monitors the entire lifecycle of your inventory.

In order to claim reimbursement, present evidence of the damage to that unit.

  • Take pictures of the packaging, labels, and all visible damage.
  • Keep all original packaging until there is an outcome.
  • If the shipment includes items that do not belong to you, accept delivery, and document the items you received.
    • Then contact Amazon with a complete inventory.
  • Providing full, clear pictures of damaged or incorrect items help Amazon resolve the issue more promptly.

Make the call to remove inventory from Amazon FBA

Sometimes, removing inventory from Amazon FBA is the best call. Seasonal products, products that didn’t sell well, or outdated merchandise, or maybe you just want to avoid long-term storage fees. Whatever the goal, the process of removing inventory from Amazon FBA is quick and easy.

Brian Gibbs

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Brian Gibbs | President of Refund Retriever

Brian Gibbs founded Refund Retriever in 2006 while running his first eBay based business and seeing the shortcomings of other shipment auditing companies. Refund Retriever's primary focus is FedEx and UPS parcel invoice auditing. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001, he then graduated from the University of Houston in 2004 with a JD and MBA. Gibbs has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and other publications discussing parcel auditing, shipping, e-commerce and more. Learn more at www.refundretriever.com or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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