Amazon systems are barcode-driven. Each unit you send to a fulfillment center requires a barcode so that it can be tracked throughout the fulfillment process.
Products that do not use a manufacturer barcode for tracking require an Amazon barcode. You can print Amazon barcodes from within your seller account and apply the barcodes yourself.
If you do not want to apply the barcodes yourself, you can sign up for the FBA Label Service and have Amazon apply the labels for you for a per-item fee. For more information, visit FBA Label Service.
For eligible products, you can use the manufacturer barcode to track your inventory. For more information, visit Using FBA virtual tracking.
Any item that requires an Amazon barcode that arrives at a fulfillment center without one will be subject to an unplanned prep service fee. For more information, visit Unplanned services
Important: Failure to comply with FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions may result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfillment center, disposal or return of inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfillment center, or charging for preparation or for noncompliance at the fulfillment center.
For additional information, view our video and PDF content:
How to Label Products for Fulfillment by Amazon (Video)
Packaging and Shipping Inventory to Amazon (PDF)
How to Label Products (PDF)
Print Amazon barcodes
Amazon Bar code labels will be printed immediately if you use a thermal printer. For laser printers, a PDF is generated that you can use to print labels with standard label paper.
Amazon barcode requirements
When printing Amazon barcodes onto labels, make sure that the printed labels include:
Sufficient white space around the Amazon barcode and related text: (0.25 inch on the sides and 0.125 inch on the top and bottom)
ASIN or FNSKU
Note: Amazon barcodes that have been printed directly onto the product packaging must meet these requirements as well.
If you are the product manufacturer or brand owner and you want to print barcodes directly onto the product packaging, apply for your own GS1 standard UPC barcode. For more information, visit GS1.