Amazon have announced that they will waive FBA long term storage fees for the May 15th billing cycle. This will apply across the EU for inventory stored in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
This comes on top of waiving April fees for heavy (over 15kg) items and monthly storage fees in France and Italy where they stopped taking orders for all but essential orders or stopped shipping entirely.
FBA sellers have been hard hit by Amazon’s reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic, first setting sales stop dead when delivery dates were pushed out by four or five weeks, still seeing extended delivery times, watching sellers who fulfil from their own warehouse winning the Buy Box in preference to FBA offers, restrictions on replenishing FBA stock and being unable to retrieve their stock through removal orders (there are still some restrictions on incoming FBA shipments, extended delivery promises but now by days instead of weeks, and delays to processing removal orders).
Bearing in mind the extremely frustrating and financially devastating impacts of Amazon focusing on essential products, it’s good to see Amazon waiving storage fees for those sellers impacted.
“Many of your products can now be shipped into our fulfilment centres, and we thank you for your patience as we’ve made adjustments in our facilities to protect our employees and fulfil the highest priority products that customers need. We are making additional adjustments to upcoming storage fees to support you during this time.
- We are waiving the May 15 long-term storage fees for inventory stored in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic. While you can continue to create removal orders, there will be delays in completing the requests. Similarly, auto-removals will be delayed.
- As previously announced, we are waiving April monthly storage fees for products over 15 kg, where we stopped taking customer orders due to social distancing guidelines. This applies to inventory stored in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
- As previously announced, in France and Italy, where we temporarily stopped taking orders for lower priority products or where our fulfilment centres were temporarily closed, we are waiving April monthly storage fees for the impacted days.
You can learn more on this help page. Please note that Amazon, including Selling Partner Support, does not have further guidance. We hope you, your family, and your employees are safe and healthy. Thank you for participating in FBA.”