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Check your new ASIN Quantity Limits for the UK and EU
Amazon issued a note over the weekend to inform you that, following the split of UK and EU inventory pools, your ASIN Quantity Limits have also now been split to reflect UK and EU separately. You now have two sets of ASIN quantity limits. One for your UK inventory and one for your EU inventory.
This is of course as a result of Brexit and Amazon ceasing to fulfil orders or move stock across the Channel between the UK and the UK. The European Fulfilment Network will no longer enable your UK stock to be sold in the EU and Pan European FBA no longer includes the UK, although you can still manage your European business from your UK Amazon account.
When creating a shipping plan that contains an ASIN with a quantity limit, you cannot exceed the stated maximum quantity. ASIN quantity limits for FBA may change based on inventory levels and sales.
You will want to review your UK ASIN Quantity Limits as they may have significantly reduced from previously. This could also impact everything from your Long Term Storage fees to your inventory performance index (IPI score). Don’t forget also starting from the 1st of August 2020, Amazon introduced a monthly overage fee of £7.80 per cubic foot (excluding taxes) which is in addition to normal fees and Long Term Storage fees.
It is unlikely that most merchants will have much stock in Amazon EU at the moment due to the inability to ship in the period before the end of 2020 and Amazon’s current suspension of the Partnered Carrier Programme to Europe. These teething problems will however be ironed out and you are likely to see a significant drop in your overall business due to the loss of EU sales if you don’t address the current challenges with EU FBA.
If you are listing directly on Amazon EU sites and fulfilling from the UK, don’t forget that Amazon insist that you delivery without the consumer receiving an additional bill for any taxes or tariffs. This mean delivering duty paid and that in itself is a challenge, especially for low cost goods, due to the additional costs involved for carriers. FBA is likely to be the lowest cost alternative option and so it’s worth checking out your EU ASIN Quantity Limits and starting to ship stock into the EU as soon as you are ready to resume EU selling.