If you are shipping through Amazon distribution centers, meaning you ship your product to Amazon facilities for delivery to your end customer, Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging requirement updates will apply to you.
To reduce waste, Amazon has officially put into effect new Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) requirements, officially starting September 3, 2019 (pushed back from its original start date of August 1, 2019).
Find out exactly what the new FFP requirements are, how they affect you and how BGR can help you make sure you’re compliant.
What is Amazon’s New FFP Requirement?
All items larger than 18″ x 14″ x 8″ or 20 lbs or more sold through Amazon must be designed and certified as ready-to-ship (Tier 1 – FFP or Tier 2 – SIOC) within their Frustration-Free Packaging programs. Amazon will charge $2.00 per shipment to retailers who do not meet their packaging requirements.
Amazon’s goal is that these packages will be right sized, protective against damage, ready-to-ship without the need for additional packaging, and ideally easy to open, and recyclable. This will reduce waste through the entire supply chain and ensure a better experience for Amazon consumers.
What is Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program?
For anyone who is new to Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging, this term generally refers to packaging that is made of 100% recyclable materials, easy to open, and made to ship products in their original packaging, which eliminates the need for an extra shipping box.
Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging program started over 10 years ago and has grown to include over 750,000 products. The company continually evolves the program based on consumer feedback and other research.
The Frustration-Free Packaging program includes multiple sustainable packaging initiatives, such as moving small items from boxes to flexible mailers, optimizing our selection of boxes to better address product size and weight, launching fully recyclable mailers, and working with global Vendor partners to develop ready-to-ship packaging. According to Amazon, these initiatives have eliminated more than 244,000 tons of packaging materials, and in 2017 alone, they saved the equivalent of 305 million shipping boxes.
For more detail, here’s the complete guide to Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program Certification Guidelines.
What is Amazon's APASS Certification?
The Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) is a group of companies and labs that can help test, design and supply packaging in line with Amazon’s packaging certifications. These labs have received guidance from Amazon and can provide packaging testing for you to comply with the new FFP requirements along with all 3 tiers of certification, including:
- Tier 1 FFP (Frustration-Free Packaging)
- Tier 2 SIOC (Ships-In-Own-Container)
- Tier 3 PFP (Pre-Free Packaging)
How We Can Help Test Your Packages for Compliance
Here at BGR, our network of partners includes several suppliers on Amazon’s official list of APASS companies. These companies have certified labs that will test your packaging against Amazon’s regulations at no cost to our customers.
The benefit of this free testing is, once testing is complete and your samples pass, you can certify your product’s packaging using the test results at Amazon’s Vendor Central website portal. Should your packaging fail the test, our supplier partner will suggest ways that you can make changes and achieve compliance successfully.
Contact your BGR rep today to find out how you can take advantage of our partners’ free testing capabilities, make sure your packages comply, and avoid fines by Amazon.