Before listing expiration-dated inventory, ensure that you adhere to the following policies and requirements. Not complying with product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions is a violation of Amazon policy and may result in customer complaints, purchase order exclusions, account-level exclusions, and chargebacks.
Amazon considers any product with a shelf life, or that loses effectiveness with time, to be subject to expiration, even if an expiration date is not indicated on the product packaging.
Products subject to expiration include, but are not limited to, the following:
At the time of check-in at Amazon fulfillment center, all products must have a remaining shelf life that allows sufficient time for the product to be consumed in full, plus an additional 90 days. For example, a bottle of supplements with 240 daily servings must have a remaining shelf life of 240 days and an additional 90 days, which makes 330 days.
The following table lists products that Amazon considers subject to expiration, along with their respective shelf-life guidelines.
|Product type||Minimum arrival time at Fullfillment Center before product expiration|
|Baby & Infant||90 days|
|Baking Supplies||90 days|
|Boxed Meals||90 days|
|Canned Goods||250 days|
|Foreign Foods||120 days|
|Gift Baskets & Hampers||70 days|
|Pasta & Grains||130 days|
|Cooking Sauces||100 days|
|Snacks & Desserts||70 days|
|Boxed Chocolate||90 days|
|Oil, Vinegar||100 days|
|White Bread & Similar||90 days|
|Naan, Breads, Chapatis & Pappadums||60 days|
|UHT Milk & Similar||60 days|
|Soft Drinks||120 days|
Expiration-dated products must follow these labeling requirements.
In addition to meeting the requirements above, all expiration-dated FBA inventory requires an Amazon barcode label. For more information, go to Use an Amazon barcode to track inventory and FBA Label Service.
The following products are not mandated to include an expiration date on the physical product.
Expiration-dated products must be fully enclosed and sealed in packaging that is suitable for shipping. Expiration-dated products that require additional preparation, such as poly-bagging or bubble wrap, must have labels with expiration dates applied to the outside of the product prep or packaging. This is to ensure that the expiration date is accessible to Amazon associates during the check-in process.
Once products have arrived at our fulfillment centers, we monitor their shelf life to protect our customers from receiving products past expiration. Unsold inventory that passes its expiration date, or is close to exceeding the shelf life of the ASIN, is set to an Unsellable state and an Expired disposition.
For more information, go to Required Removals. To have your unsellable products sent back to you automatically, ensure that your Automated unfulfillable settings are set to Return. For more information, go to Remove inventory automatically.