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FBA inventory storage limits

Note: Effective January 1, 2022, the IPI threshold for storage limits is 400 (previously 500).

For storage limits taking effect on or after January 1, 2021, you will get one set of storage limits in each storage type covering UK inventory, and a second set of storage limits covering inventory across the EU (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands). Previously, there was one set of storage limits that applied across the UK and the EU. For more information, visit Brexit FBA inventory storage limits FAQ.

Storage limits criteria

Individual selling accounts have a set storage limit of 0.28 cubic meters, and this value does not change. Individual selling accounts are not subject to storage limit increases.

Professional selling accounts may or may not have storage limits, depending on the following criteria:

  • Sellers who maintain an Inventory Performance Index (IPI) of 500 or above on either of two score checkpoints will not be subject to storage volume limits for standard-size, oversize, clothing, and footwear items.
  • New sellers who have been active for less than 26 weeks, or sellers without enough sales data to generate an IPI score during both of the two score check weeks will not receive storage limits.

Professional accounts that do have storage limits will still have a minimum of 0.71 cubic meters for standard, oversize, clothing, or footwear inventory.

Professional account holders can track their Inventory Performance Index in the Inventory performance dashboard and learn about IPI on the IPI Help page. The dashboard provides a hub for optimizing your FBA business, including customized recommendations to grow your sales and reduce costs. Your IPI score is updated weekly based on your ongoing inventory management.

Storage limits are calculated using several factors including:

  • Your sales volume (including your sales' seasonality periods)
  • Your historical IPI scores
  • Available fulfillment center capacity

Sellers with consistently higher IPI scores will receive higher storage limits, adjusted for sales volume and available capacity. When setting limits for an upcoming quarter, Amazon considers both your recent sales volume and seasonal volume from the last year.

Storage limits schedule

Storage limits are set by volume. Your remaining 2020 storage limits will be determined based on your IPI during two score check weeks: the week of July 27, 2020 (Week 31) and the week of August 24, 2020 (Week 35). You are not subject to storage volume limits if your Inventory Performance Index is 500 or above on either one of these score check weeks.

Storage types

Storage limits are applicable for four storage types: standard-size, oversize, clothing, and footwear. To see which storage types your products are categorized as and how much cubic feet or meter they occupy, go to FBA inventory age and the Inventory Age report.

If you do not see a storage type in your Storage Volume, it is because you have a limit of zero for that storage type.

Dangerous goods storage limit adjustments (flammable and aerosol) are handled separately from other storage types. For more information, search for "dangerous goods" in Seller Central and select Dangerous goods FAQ at the top of the search panel.

Note: Amazon determines the storage type of your inventory based on the characteristics of the product. Storage type is not a category that sellers can adjust. Products are not classified by more than one storage type.

Calculating cubic meters from centimeters

  1. Multiply length x width x height in cm to get the volume.
  2. Divide the volume by 1,000,000, which is one cubic meter in cm.

Example: A unit measuring 100 x 60 x 25 cm divided by 1,000,000 = 0.15 cubic meters.

Note: Amazon may verify the weight and dimensions of a product using representative samples. Amazon’s information about a product’s weight and dimensions will be used to calculate fees if there is a difference between Amazon’s information and a seller’s information. Amazon may change its information about a product’s weight and dimensions from time to time to reflect updated measurements. Fees based on the weight and dimensions of a product are calculated using Amazon’s information about the weight and dimensions of that product at the time the fee is calculated.

Exceeding your FBA storage limit

Under the FBA inventory storage limits policy, you will not be able to create a new shipment to Amazon for a storage type until your inventory level drops below your limit for that storage type.

For example, if your current limit for standard-size inventory is 3 cubic meters and you have 5 cubic meters of standard-size inventory at an Amazon fulfillment center, you will not be able to create a new standard-size inventory shipment. However, if you are below your storage limit for oversize inventory, you can create shipments of oversize inventory.

If you send more inventory than what your storage limit allows, the extra inventory may be refused at the fulfillment center. For more information, see Shipping and routing requirements.

Storage overage fees will be charged if your existing inventory exceeds your storage limit for any storage type on any day within a given month. To learn more, visit Overage fee.

Reducing inventory

There are three ways to decrease the amount of inventory you have in an Amazon fulfillment center:

  • Sell more inventory. Manage Excess Inventory provides recommendations to increase sales.
  • Request to have inventory returned to you by creating a removal order.
  • Request to have inventory disposed of by creating a removal order.

For more information, see Remove inventory (overview).

Important: When you submit a removal order or make similar changes, the Storage Volume won't reflect the changes until your request is moved to Pending. Typically, this happens on the following day. Customer returns contribute to your overall inventory count.
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