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Trutz Fries

Amazon Vendor API - Content and Access

10/02/2020 • Reading time: ca. 3 min • by Trutz Fries
  1. Scope of the Amazon Selling Partner API
  2. Request Vendor API access
    1. Set up AWS User
    2. Request access
    3. Get access data
    4. Amazon Vendor API Sandbox
  3. Available methods
  4. Future

Vendors at Amazon have not been spoiled when it comes to the technical connection of their own systems to those of Amazon. Until now, Amazon only offered an outdated interface based on the EDI standard. For some time now, Amazon has also been providing a modern REST interface. We explain what this can do and how you can get access to it.

Scope of the Amazon Selling Partner API

Under the English designation Amazon Selling Partner API Amazon now also offers its suppliers (vendors) a RESTful interface. This covers the areas "retail" and "direct supply".

As of June 2020 the API was not yet on the same level as the EDI interface. Amazon's own overview shows which processes are currently supported in the Retail area:

AreaProcessVendor CentralEDI Schn.REST API
Stock ManagementMark item as temporarily unavailable
Mark item as permanently unavailable
Share stock
Cost of GoodsEK Update Prices
View EK prices
OrdersRead out new orders
Changes / Read out cancellationsJune 2020
Read statusJune 2020
Send Order Confirmation
Read order confirmation status
DeliveryCreate Delivery Announcement (ASN)
Update Delivery Announcement
Read out delivery announcement status
Confirm delivery
Invoices and CreditsCreate and Update
Check Invoice Status
View Invoice
ControllingReports on sales data
Reports Sales Analysis
Payment AdviceRead out Payment Advice

Both interfaces can be used simultaneously. The new REST API is therefore to be regarded as a supplement to the EDI interface. In the long run, according to Amazon, the REST API would probably get more features than the EDI interface. Therefore, it can be assumed that the EDI interface will not be further developed in the long run.

Request Vendor API access

Set up AWS User

To access the interface you need an account in Amazon's Cloud - AWS. There you create your own user with programmatic access and assign this user the necessary rights for access to the "Selling Partner API" via a so-called "IAM Policy".


After completion you will receive an AWS Access Key with the corresponding Secret Key. Download this key and save it securely. Also note the so-called "ARN-ID", which identifies the user uniquely.

Request access

To get access to the API, you must create a case of type API Integration in Vendor Central. Enter "Register my application" as the reference and the following information:

  • Name of the application
  • ARN of the AWS user who should get access
  • Dimension "Retail" or "Direct Fulfillment"

Amazon will now check your registration and hopefully activate it.

Get access data

As soon as the activation is done, log back into Vendor Central and go to the following page:

There you will find an overview of the applications you have registered with the corresponding Login with Amazon (LWA) access data.

The authorization at the API works with the so-called OAuth2 procedure, i.e. you need a refresh token to request data from the API. You get this refresh token on the same page by clicking "Edit" next to the application and requesting the code there.

Amazon Vendor API Sandbox

Amazon also provides developers with a sandbox in which they can first test their application. Thus the sandbox is available for European vendors under e.g. '' in the AWS region 'ewest-1'.

Available methods

In version 1 the API provides the following methods:

Orders API/vendor/orders/v1/Read out and confirm purchase orders
Shipments API/vendor/shipping/v1/Create Shipping Pre-Message
Payments API/vendor/payments/v1/Send Invoices
Transactions API/vendor/transactions/v1/Check API transactions


Amazon states that it will continue to expand the API. Thus Amazon writes:

In 2020, we will be offering APIs for Product Listing, Item Cost Updates, PO Changes & Cancelations. The API roadmap for 2020 will be published in April 2020.

Especially the API for modifying Amazon Product listings should become interesting for vendors.

Vendors can find further information under:

Note about links in this article

Please note that the links in this article can only be opened with a Vendor Central Account.

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