How to Avoid Paying High Amazon FBA Placement Fees? Seller Assistant Guide

Adam Wilkens


As Amazon continues to innovate and enhance the logistics capabilities of Amazon FBA, a new inbound shipping placement fee will be introduced, effective March 1, 2024. This fee is meticulously calibrated to the size and type of product, ensuring a tailored approach to logistics management. Specifically, the fee for standard-sized items will be set at approximately $0.27 per unit, while larger, bulkier items will incur a fee of about $1.58 per unit. Understanding the importance of a smooth transition for their valued sellers, Amazon will be implementing a grace period for these adjustments. Though these fees officially take effect on March 1, Amazon will begin their collection on April 15, 2024, providing our sellers with a 45-day window to refine and adapt their FBA strategies. This phased approach underscores their commitment to supporting our seller community through every evolution of our platform, yet so far these fees have caused more worry than appreciation. It is important to note while these fees will be effective April 15th, Amazon also claims sellers will see selling fee reductions around the same period.

Seller Strategies to Navigate Amazon FBA New Shipping Fees

To navigate around the new Amazon FBA inbound shipping placement fee, sellers have several strategies at their disposal:

Leverage Inventory Placement Service:

Opting into our Inventory Placement Service can streamline your logistics, allowing you to send inventory to one location, from which Amazon efficiently distributes it. This might offer a more economical solution compared to the new fees, depending on your product types and volumes.

Utilize Distributed Inventory Placement:

By default, Amazon's Distributed Inventory Placement optimizes where your products are stored, potentially saving you money by strategically positioning your inventory closer to your customer base.

Explore Seller Fulfilled Prime:

For those who qualify, Seller Fulfilled Prime allows you to directly fulfill Prime orders, giving you direct control over shipping costs, albeit with stringent standards to uphold.

Consolidate Your Shipments:

Merging your shipments into larger, less frequent batches can significantly reduce your logistical expenses, including mitigating the impact of fees associated with multiple fulfillment center destinations.

Optimize Your Packaging:

By designing your packaging to be as efficient as possible, you may limit your shipments to fewer fulfillment centers, thus reducing costs. Try to get your cases or individual selling units as tightly packed as possible. Remove all air, which could reduce your inbound costs and storage fees. This is especially beneficial for overweight products in large packaging.

Refine Your Inventory Management:

An analytical approach to your inventory can prevent both overstocking and understocking, minimizing the need for constant restocking and associated fees.

Negotiate Better Terms with Your Suppliers:

Engaging in negotiations with your suppliers for improved rates or terms can help balance out the expenses incurred from Amazon's fees, potentially including direct shipments to various fulfillment centers.

Adjust Your Pricing Strategy:

Reassessing your pricing model to subtly incorporate these new costs can help maintain your competitiveness while safeguarding your margins.

Consider engaging with an Amazon consulting agency to evaluate which strategies align best with your business objectives and operational capabilities, accounting for unique market dynamics.