Amazon FBA Referral Fee Updates & More For 2019
To start 2019 strong as an Amazon seller, it’s important to stay updated on policy and fee changes so you aren’t hit with any surprises. To help the cause, we’ve compiled and explained what some of the most prominent changes coming to Amazon will be (at least, for February). We’ll even recommend the software for Amazon FBA that will help you roll with the punches. Without further ado, let’s get started on the latest FBA news and updates.
Amazon Fulfillment Fee Changes
The biggest changes Amazon will be rolling out for February 2019 involve their FBA sellers, including multi-channel FBA users. FBA fees generally change slightly each year with fluctuations in fulfillment and transportation costs, so they’re something to be prepared for if you’ll be selling on Amazon with FBA long-term.
To begin, small standard and large standard-sized packages of 10 oz or less will experience no fulfillment fee changes. Items of greater weight and oversize packages will experience small fulfillment fees per unit to account for things like transportation cost changes. To accommodate this change, the dimensional weight billing calculation will be updated so sellers can get accurate weights and packaging costs for oversized items.
Along with size-based fee increases, Amazon will also be introducing separate fulfillment fees for certain dangerous items. These items include flammable or pressurized aerosol substances or any item with lithium-ion batteries.
These fees will be implemented on February 19, 2019.
Amazon FBA Storage Fee Changes
Good news for FBA users with long-term storage! If your items have been in a fulfillment center between 181 and 365 days, they will no longer be subject to long-term storage fees. The last day sellers could be charged for items in storage for that period of time was January 15, 2019.
Items that have been in storage for more than 365 days, known as minimum long-term storage, will still receive fees. However, the fee per unit per month will be reduced from $0.50 to $0.15. Like long-term storage items, the last $0.50 charge occurred on January 15, 2019, meaning that on February 15, 2019, the charge will drop to $0.15.
Lastly, like with fulfillment fee charges, a separate monthly storage fee will be introduced for dangerous goods. This change will be reflected in April 2019 storage fee charges.
Amazon FBA Referral Fee Charges
When selling through FBA (or on Amazon in general) there are usually either minimum dollar amount referral fees or a calculated percentage. Many items that used to have a referral fee of 15% will see a reduction to 10%. For example, furniture items that cost over $200 will have a 10% referral fee. However, furniture items that cost under $200 will still see the 15% charge. As for dollar amount referral fees, sellers in most categories will see their minimum per items fees drop from $1 to $0.30.
The goal of the fee reductions in many categories is to encourage sellers to sell more items in those categories, which will offer more variety to buyers. This change will occur February 19, 2019.
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