OK, there seems to be a lot of confusion on this new FBA Annual Storage Fee, so this Blog Post is hopefully going to shed a little light on the subject, and help you to understand what is really going on, and to dispel the panic and misunderstanding that seems to be rampant.
No, it is NOT $45 per unit.
It is $45 per cubic foot of volume space taken up.
So it depends on how large an item is.
Here is the exact rule:
Monthly Inventory Storage Fee
|Month||Cost per cubic foot per month|
|January – September||$0.45|
Effective August 15, 2011:
- An annual Long-Term Storage Fee of $45.00 per cubic foot will be applied to any Units that have been stored in an Amazon fulfillment center for one year or longer. The fee is in addition to the regular Inventory Storage Fee and will not be charged if a request has been made to remove or dispose of the Units prior to the fee being charged.
- The per Unit price of a removal for Media and Non-Media Units will be reduced from $0.60 plus shipping to $0.50 including shipping. Alternatively, Units can be disposed of for $0.15 per Unit. (The per Unit price of a removal for Oversize Units will be reduced from $3.00 plus shipping to $0.60 including shipping, or $0.30 for them to be disposed.)
- Each seller may maintain a single unit of each ASIN they carry without being charged the Long-Term Storage fee.
- In June 2011, we will be providing FBA sellers with more details about this change.
Calculating Cubic Feet from Inches
Multiply length x width x height in inches to get the volume.
Divide the volume by 12 cubic inches (12″ x 12″ x 12″ = 1,728)
Example: A Unit measuring 47″ x 12″ x 10″ divided by 1,728 = 3.3 cu. ft.
Or use the calculator below:
Enter the dimensions of a single Unit when properly packaged and ready for shipment to customers in accordance with the FBA Program Policies to calculate estimated volume and the Inventory Storage Fee.
Estimated Volume and Inventory Storage Fee
(Length x Width x Height)/1728
|January through September
|$ per month|
|October through December
|$ per month|
If you go to Inventory Amazon Fulfills,
the last columns shows you the Unit Volume (cubic feet):
Here are some examples from my Inventory:
|0533125030-1267725660696||Dear Teacher||Used – Very Good||$10.00||0||1||0||0||0.01|
|0553255681-1263403763741||Anxiety Disease, the||Used – Good||$2.65||0||1||0||0||0.01|
|0609808214-1263333505959||The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, 32nd Edition||Used – Very Good||$5.75||0||0||0||0||0.04|
|0679404945-1263414440612||The Peacemakers: Arms and Adventure in the American West||Used – Very Good||$23.99||0||0||0||0||0.07|
|0684834200-1263403763740||Autopsy for an Empire : The Seven Leaders Who Built the Soviet Regime||Used – Very Good||$11.99||0||1||0||0||0.05|
|0689110790-1263333505958||Susan Hayward: Portrait of a Survivor||Used – Good||$12.00||0||0||0||0||0.04|
|0721683169-1267725660695||Physical Therapy for Children||Used – Like New||$50.00||0||1||0||0||0.09|
|0748733523-1267725660695||Rehabilitation of the Severely Brain-Injured Adult: A Practical Approach||Used – Very Good||$60.00||0||1||0||0||0.03|
Notice that most are .01, .03, .05, etc..
So for a item that is .03 x $45.00 = $1.35 annual charge.
Just to put things in perspective.