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Costs Associated With FBA And How To Calculate

Amazon FBA fees combine picking, packing and shipping into one fulfillment fee and the other is monthly storage fees. Amazon FBA fees are based on size and weight of your products and where you sell them. Your Selling on FBA fees starts with your subscription plan. Amazon offers 2 selling plans-

  • Professional Account
  • Individual Account

The Professional plan costs a $39.99 monthly subscription fee on top of per-item selling fees, called referral fees, that are dependent on their category. However, if you plan to sell fewer than 40 items a month, the Individual plan may be a better fit for you as no monthly subscription fee is tied to it. Instead, Individuals pay $0.99 per item sold plus referral fees.

Seller Account Type Individual Professional
     
Monthly Subscription N/A $39.99
Per Sale Closing Fee1 $0.99 N/A
Use of feeds, spreadsheets, and other tools to load inventory No Yes
Access to order reports and order-related feeds No Yes
Earn top placement on product detail pages No Yes
Sell in 20+ open categories Yes Yes
Apply to sell in 10+ additional categories No Yes
Customize shipping rates No Yes

Whether you’re selling on Amazon through FBA or on your website or some other marketplace, you will have to pay two kinds of fees. These are called FBA Fixed Fees

  1. Fulfillment Fees: This is an all-encompassing fee, covering picking, packing, shipping, and cost of packaging material. It includes returns processing as well, only for items not under free returns.Please note Apparel items incur an additional 40¢ per unit.
  2. Storage Fees: Storage fee is charged for storing and maintaining inventory in the fulfillment centers. These are levied monthly, calculated on the amount of space occupied by your products in the fulfillment center. This cost is calculated per cubic feet.
  3. Short- term storage Fees: These charges are taken monthly between the 7th and 15th of every month. Each month, you calculate how many items you stored within their fulfillment center and pay the adequate price for that storage space.
    Month Standard-size Oversize
    January – September $0.69 per cubic foot $0.48 per cubic foot
    October – December $2.40 per cubic foot $1.20 per cubic foot
  4. Long-term storage Fees: These fees are paid twice per year. They include all products which were stored for at least six months within the fulfillment center. The long-term storage fee is in addition to the monthly inventory storage fee. Fees are not charged if a removal order has been submitted prior to the fee being charged.
    Storage period Fees
    6 to 12 months $11.25 per cubic foot
    More than 12 months $22.5 per cubic foot
  5. Referral fees: Referral fees on Amazon are also known as the commission fees that sellers need to pay on each item sold on Amazon.  For most product categories, the Amazon referral fees are fixed at 15% of each sale and every seller needs to pay them, while most of them range from 6% to 18%, excluding some exceptions.
  6. Closing Fees: They are extra fees which sellers have to pay for making a sale on Amazon. Variable closing fees are applicable to media items such as books, video games/software, videos, consoles, music, and DVDs. For Individual sellers, Amazon also retains the $0.99 fixed closing fee. This is not applicable to Professional sellers.

Price based on the weight of products sold on Amazon

Amazon FBA charges different fees according to the weight and size of the product. Items are set into 2 categories- Standard size: These are products which weigh under 20 lbs and measure less than 18″x 14″x 8″ with full packaging. There are 4 subcategories within standard products. They are small( 12 oz. or less), large( 1lb or less), large( 1lb.- 2lb.)and large(over 2lb).

  Small standard-size (1 lb. or less) Large standard-size (1 lb. or less) Large standard-size (1 to 2 lb.) Large standard-size (over 2 lb.)
Fulfillment fee $2.41 $3.19 $4.71 $4.71 + $0.38/lb. above first 2 lb.

Oversized: Oversized products are items that weigh more than 20 lbs or larger in size than the standard items with packaging.  Again there are 4 subcategories; small oversize(70 lbs or less), medium oversize(150 lbs or less, longest side plus girth 130” or less), large oversize(150 lbs or less, longest side plus girth 165” or less) and special oversize(150 lbs or more, girth 165” or more, or any product that requires special handling).

  Small oversize Medium oversize Large oversize Special oversize
Fulfillment fee $8.13 + $0.38/lb. above first 2 lb. $9.44 + $0.38/lb. above first 2 lb. $73.18 + $0.79/lb. above first 90 lb. $137.32 + $0.91/lb. above first 90 lb.

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Amazon MCF Fees

When sellers are selling their product on multiple channels like Amazon, eBay, their website, but use FBA for fulfillment, then this service is called Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF) by Amazon. There are 3 kinds of shipping methods in MCF-

  • Standard (3-5 business days)
  • Expedited (2 business days)
  • Priority (1 day or next day)

Again in MCF, fees is segmented on the basis of product sizes and shipping method. Please note, In MCF, storage fees are the same as FBA, only Fulfillment fees are higher.

Fulfillment fees: Standard Products (per unit)

Standard shipping (3-5 business days)
Size 1 unit 2 units 3 units 4 units 5+ units
Small standard: 1 lb or less $5.85 $3.75 $3.35 $3.25 $2.20
Large standard-size: 1 lb or less $5.90 $3.90 $3.40 $3.30 $2.80
Large standard-size: 1 to 2 lb $5.95 $3.95 $3.45 $3.35 $2.95
Large standard-size: Over 2 lb $5.95 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $3.95 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $3.45 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $3.35 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $2.95 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb

 

Expedited shipping (2 days)
Size 1 unit 2 units 3 units 4 units 5+ units
Small standard: 1 lb or less $7.90 $4.65 $3.55 $3.40 $2.41
Large standard-size: 1 lb or less $8.30 $4.80 $3.80 $3.55 $2.99
Large standard-size: 1 to 2 lb $8.35 $5.35 $5.15 $4.95 $4.18
Large standard-size: Over 2 lb $8.35 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $5.35 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $5.15 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $4.95 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $4.18 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb

 

Priority shipping (next day)
Size 1 unit 2 units 3 units 4 units 5+ units
Small standard: 1 lb or less $12.80 $7.30 $6.30 $5.80 $4.30
Large standard-size: 1 lb or less $13.80 $7.80 $6.80 $5.90 $4.80
Large standard-size: 1 to 2 lb $13.85 $7.85 $6.85 $5.95 $4.85
Large standard-size: Over 2 lb $13.85 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $7.85 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $6.85 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $5.95 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $4.85 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb

Fulfillment fees: Oversize products (per unit)

Standard shipping (3-5 business days)
Size 1 unit 2 units 3 units 4 units 5+ units
Small oversize $12.30 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $6.80 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $5.80 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $4.80 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $3.80 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb
Medium oversize $15.30 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb
Large oversize $78.30 + $0.80/lb above first 90 lb
Special oversize $143.30 + $0.92/lb above first 90 lb

 

Expedited shipping (2 days)
Size 1 unit 2 units 3 units 4 units 5+ units
Small oversize $13.30 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $7.80 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $7.30 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $7.15 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $6.85 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb
Medium oversize $16.80 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb
Large oversize $78.30 + $0.80/lb above first 90 lb
Special oversize $143.30 + $0.92/lb above first 90 lb

 

Priority shipping (next day)
Size 1 unit 2 units 3 units 4 units 5+ units
Small oversize $20.80 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $11.30 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $8.20 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $7.70 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb $7.30 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb
Medium oversize $31.30 + $0.39/lb above first 2 lb
Large oversize $78.30 + $0.80/lb above first 90 lb
Special oversize $143.30 + $0.92/lb above first 90 lb

Other charges associated with Amazon FBA and MCF

Apart from the standard fees by both FBA and MCF including picking, packing and shipping, there are other charges that sellers might end up paying.

  1. Labeling fee: Amazon has a set format for labeling products before you ship them to the fulfillment centers. If you don’t label properly, Amazon will charge you a labeling fee. In fact, you can opt for FBA Label Service for a fee of $0.20 per item.
  2. Planned and unplanned Prep fee: Amazon has a list of prepping and shipping supplies. You can either get them before shipping your products to Amazon or you can ask Amazon to prep your products for you at a fee. However, if your prepping isn’t up to Amazon’s standards, then you may be charged unplanned prep fees.
  3. Returns processing fee: This fee is applicable only on product categories with free returns. They are equivalent to FBA fulfillment fees. Another important thing is that if returned items need repackaging fee, then Amazon charges you that as well. Amazon retains 20% of the original order-related-fees, up to a maximum of $5, for each line item in the refund.
  4. Long-term storage fee: If your stock sits unsold for longer than 6 months, Amazon charges a long-term storage fee. Amazon conducts an inventory cleanup on the 15th of every month. Inventory that sits in the fulfillment center from 181-365 days is charged a long-term storage fee per item.
    Inventory cleanup date Items in fulfillment center 181 to 365 days Items in fulfillment center more than 365 days
    15th of every month $3.45 per cubic foot $6.90 per cubic foot
  5. Stock Removal Fee: FBA charges a removal fee if you want to pull inventory from Amazon or dispose of the unsold stock.
    Service Standard-size (per item) Oversize (per item)
    Return $0.50 $0.60
    Disposal $0.15 $0.30
    Liquidation 10% of liquidation proceeds 10% of liquidation proceeds
  6. Inventory Placement Fees: Once Amazon receives your inventory, it sends it to different fulfillment centers. If you don’t want this, you can sign up for Inventory Placement Service to have all of your inventory in a single fulfillment center.
    Standard size (per item)
    1 lb or less $0.30
    1-2 lb $0.40
    Over 2 lb $0.40 + $0.10/lb above the first 2 lb
    Oversize (per item)
    5 lb or less $1.30
    Over 5 lb $1.30 + $0.20/lb above the first 5 lb
  7. FBA Manual Processing Fee: If you choose not to provide box content information, Amazon will manually process your boxes at the fulfillment center and a fee will apply. Shipments that are manually processed may be received more slowly than shipments with box content information. The FBA Manual Processing Fee is $0.10 per unit for shipments received from January to October and $0.15 per unit for shipments received during November and December.

Finally

Amazon FBA and MCF fees calculation might seem daunting to many newbie sellers. However, regardless of the various costs and policies associated with Amazon FBA and MCF, it is an excellent option where you can get your orders fulfilled by Amazon, even on other channels without worrying about the hassles of customer service and shipping.

Other Related Blogs:

# A to Z Guide for Amazon FBA – https://www.orderhive.com/a-to-z-guide-for-amazon-fba

# Amazon’s FBA or Self-Fulfilment – https://hackernoon.com/amazons-fba-or-self-fulfilment-which-one-s-right-for-your-business-f4f8a4f121f5

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