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Cancellations FAQ

A buyer wants to cancel an order. What should I do?

Both cancellations and returns are a normal part of most sales operations.

Note: Buyers only have 30 minutes to cancel their own orders; you can cancel orders up until the minute you ship them.

Your options will depend on the order status.

You have not yet shipped and confirmed the shipment.

You can cancel the order in Manage Orders or using Order Cancellation feeds. When you cancel an order, Amazon automatically updates the order status in the buyer's Amazon account and sends an e-mail notification to the buyer.

You have shipped the order.

You can let the buyer know that the order is already on its way and ask the buyer to return it to you for a refund. When you receive the return, issue a refund if you had confirmed the shipment, or simply cancel the order if you had not yet confirmed the shipment.

Note: The buyer is not charged for an order until you confirm shipment.

See also Cancel an order or multiple orders.

I mistakenly canceled an order. What should I do?

If the buyer reaches out to you saying they still want the product, ask them to place a new order.

An order is in "Pending" status. Can I cancel it?

Orders are listed as "Pending" while Amazon is verifying the payment method provided by the buyer. Pending orders do not include the buyer's shipping address or contact information and should not be shipped, even if the buyer contacts you directly. If buyers contact you while their order is in "Pending" status, refer them to Amazon Customer Service.

Once the payment method has been verified, the Confirm shipment and Cancel order buttons will become available in Manage Orders. In addition, the order will appear in both the Orders Report and the Unshipped Orders Report. At this point, the order should be shipped (or canceled, if necessary).

To learn more, view Pending Orders help page.

Buyer and seller did not cancel this order then who cancelled the order?

Amazon can automatically cancel orders if seven days have passed after the expected shipping availability date and you have not yet shipped and confirmed the shipment.

How long can an order be in Pending status before it get cancelled?

In some cases, payment and order detail verification processes may potentially extend order processing times for as long as 21 days.

What kind of cancellations negatively impact Cancellation Rate metric?

Cancellation requested by Cancellation scenario Negatively impact Cancellation Rate?
Buyer raised

1. Standard cancellation request

2. Non-standard cancellation request



Seller raised

1. Cancellation due to item went out of stock

2. Cancellation due to undeliverable address

3. Cancellation due to unresponsive buyer




Amazon raised

1. Auto cancellation when Seller did not confirm shipment within 7 days of ship-by-date

2. Amazon detected buyer to be fraudulent, cancels order

3. Payment verification failure cancellation




What is the process of cancellation that will not impact Cancellation Rate metric negatively ?

You receive the cancellation request through the Buyer-Seller messaging service that contains the specific subject line: "Order cancellation request from Amazon customer…"

To cancel an order requested by a buyer, follow these steps:

  1. From the Orders drop-down, select Manage Orders.
  2. Find the order referenced in the email notification and click Cancel order in the Action column.
    Note: The Cancel order button is available only for Unshipped orders.
  3. On the Cancel order page, select the reason for cancellation as Buyer Canceled.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. After you cancel the order, you and the buyer will receive separate email confirmations that the order has been canceled.
Note: Additional communication to or from the buyer might change the subject line of the original communication.

Non-standard cancellation process that might count against your metrics:

You receive the cancellation request that does not include the standard subject line "Order cancellation request from Amazon customer…"

To avoid canceling an order in a manner that impacts your metrics, use Buyer-Seller Messaging and request the buyer to submit an official cancellation using the standard process. Use the following instructions in your response: You can find the order in your Amazon account by clicking Your Account > Your Orders > Request Cancellation.

How to cancel partial order? Can all sellers cancel order partially?

Refund Orders tool on the Order Detail page and the Order Adjustments feed both enable you to issue full and partial refunds for each item in an order.

Occasionally, you may need to cancel part of an order with multiple items and refund the items that are canceled. For a partial cancellation, upload an Order Adjustment Feed.

Important: You must be an Amazon MWS developer in order to send a Feeds request.

For details, see Cancel an order or multiple orders.

Note: To start a refund, the order must have already had the shipment confirmed.

What do I do if buyers reach out to update address in the order?

If you have not yet shipped the order and the buyer says they cannot receive the order at the address they provided originally, ask the buyer to cancel the order. The buyer can then return to Amazon to place a new order using the correct address. Amazon’s policy requires sellers to ship only to the address provided in their seller account.

I cannot fulfil this order as address is undeliverable? What should I do?

If you have not yet shipped the order you can reach out to the buyer by contacting them through the Buyer-Seller Messages to cancel this order and place new order for correct address.

If order is shipped you can contact the carrier service and ask them to return back the product and when the product will get back, you can deduct the restocking fee from the order and can refund the buyer.

Need more details from buyer to fulfil this order, buyer is unresponsive? What should I do?

If you have not yet shipped the order you may cancel the order as the buyer does not respond and contact the Amazon Selling Partner Support team explaining why the order was canceled.

If order is shipped you can contact the carrier service and ask them to return back the product as buyer is unresponsive and when the product will get back, you can deduct the restocking fee from the order and can refund the buyer.

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