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Expiry-dated FBA inventory

Before listing products for Fulfilment by Amazon, it is important to know what is suitable for our fulfilment process and what is unsuitable. Make sure that you review the other sections below for additional product requirements and restrictions:

Important: Failure to comply with FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements and product restrictions may result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfilment centre, disposal or return of inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfilment centre, charging for preparation or for non-compliance at the fulfilment centre.

Expiry-dated inventory requirements


All topical and consumable products (including nutritional supplements), whether for human or animal consumption, are considered by FBA to be subject to expiry, even if an expiry date is not indicated on the packaging. Inventory in the Health and Beauty category with a Period After Opening (PAO) symbol (example below) is marked to expire 900 days after the date that it is processed at the fulfilment centre.


To be eligible for FBA, food and beverage products and products that are shipped with food or beverages must be lot-controlled and have a minimum remaining shelf life that is greater than 90 days. Items within 50 days of the expiry date at the time of arrival will be marked for disposal by Amazon. Inventory subject to disposal cannot be returned to you.

For all other non-food and beverage items with an expiry date, the remaining shelf life must be greater than 18 months at the point of receipt.

Important: Expiry-dated products intended for regular application or consumption must have a remaining shelf life that includes the consumption period in addition to the 90 days. For example, a 240-count bottle of daily supplements must have a remaining shelf life of 240 days + an additional 90 days at the time of check-in at the fulfilment centre.

All expiry-dated case packs, multi-packs and display boxes must have the expiry date on the box or bundle, as well as on each individual item inside the box or bundle.

When you ship expiry-dated inventory to a fulfilment centre, only one expiry date per ASIN is allowed in the same shipping box. Multiple ASINs with differing expiry dates can be shipped in the same box only if all of the units of each ASIN have the same expiry date.

Lot numbers alone are insufficient.

Some selling categories have different expiry date requirements to the ones described above. For more information, contact Seller Support.

Prepping expiry-dated products

Expiry-dated products must be fully enclosed and sealed in packaging suitable for shipping.

Expiry-dated products that require additional prep, such as poly bagging or bubble wrap, must have labels with expiry dates applied to the outside of the product prep or packaging.

Important: Failure to include the expiry date on the outside of the prepped item may result in the item being relabelled at additional cost to you.

Labelling expiry-dated products

All expiry-dated inventory requires an Amazon product label. For more information, see Use an Amazon product label to track inventory.

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