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Vendor Qualifications
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Understand the packaging requirements to certify your products
Tier 1 - Frustration Free Packaging (FFP)
To qualify for this tier, your item’s packaging:
  • Must be made of 100% curbside recyclable packaging materials
  • Must be easy to open with minimal use of scissors or box cutters
  • Cannot contain blister packs, plastic inserts, packaging peanuts, shredded paper, or welded clam shells
  • Have all contents be removable from the package within 120 seconds
  • Must meet all the standards of Tier 2 and 3
Tier 2 - Ships in Own Container (SIOC)
To qualify for this tier, your item’s packaging:
  • Must be either a rigid 6-sided box, a rigid or padded mailer, or a bag
  • Must meet the minimum dimensions of 6" x 4" x 0.375"
  • For items in flexible packaging only: cannot exceed maximum dimensions 18" x 14" x 6" (L+H ≤ 21" and W+H ≤ 16") and 7lbs
  • Be securely sealed to protect product within and follow the labeling and carton marking requirements (outlined in the Vendor Shipment Prep and Transportation Manual available in Vendor Central)
Tier 3 - Prep Free Packaging
To qualify for this tier, your item’s packaging:
  • Must not require additional Amazon prep

There are some product exceptions to the program (e.g. hazmat products with transportation regulations) and additional packaging requirements. Review our full program guidelines (updated April 2024).

Vendor Benefits
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The benefits received depend on the tier of certification achieved

Amazon Packaging Tiers

Benefits

Tier 1 (FFP)

Tier 2 (SIOC)

Tier 3 (PFP)

Reduction/removal of Amazon prep chargebacks

Reduction/removal of Amazon Ships in Product Packaging chargebacks
(shown as Ship in Own Container (SIOC) chargebacks in Vendor Central)

Opportunity to reduce packaging costs

Opportunity to reduce inbound transportation costs

Opportunity to enhance your brand equity

Improved customer unboxing and disposal with curbside recyclable materials