Before sellers send in any perishable items to an Amazon Fulfilment Centre they must flag the item on their Seller Central Account prior to creating a shipment. All sellers must:
The FBA Attributes* file can be downloaded from your Seller Central account by typing “FBA Attributes” in the search bar. Select the first option “FBA Flat File Feeds” and then select the option to download the FBA Fulfilment Attributes Template.
This will download an excel sheet and you will need to complete the tab titled “Template.” You can use the tab “Example” to see how the form should be filled out. In column A input the FBA SKUs which contain an expiration date. In Column B select "TRUE". Columns E to H requires the dimensions of the product as well as the unit of measure (column H). You must fill out all columns.
As with most Amazon Flat files, once they are complete they must be saved as "Text (Tab delimited)" documents before uploading. To upload the file on your Seller Central account select “Add products via Upload” under your “Inventory Tab”. In the drop-down menu, select “Inventory Files for non-Media Categories”, then locate your file by selecting “Browse > Choose File” before selecting “Download Template.”
The file can take up to 45 minutes to upload. Once complete you can then convert your listings to FBA and continue working on your shipment.
Please note that failure to use the Attributes file for expiry dated products can result in delays of receiving your shipment at the Fulfilment Centre of up to 10 days.
*FBA Attributes file can also be used to input product dimensions in bulk.