Amazon Seller fees 2022 explained with examples

12/14/2020

Amazon Seller fees 2022 explained with examples

On this page, we would like to explain the different fees that Amazon will credit or charge you as a seller. In the headings you will find the respective designation in the transaction report.

AMALYTIX evaluates all these fees in the so-called "Seller Dashboard".

Amalytix Seller Fees on Seller Dashboard
Figure 1: Amalytix Seller Fees on Seller Dashboard

You can also download all transactions in AMALYTIX under "Reports" with the Payments report. We have formatted this report so that you can evaluate it using a pivot table, for example.

Amazon Seller Fees Report
Figure 2: Amazon Seller Fees Report

More information can be found in our article on Evaluating Amazon transactions with Excel (opens new window).

In the following we explain the most important credits and fees.

  1. Credits and fees by shipping (Shipment)
    1. Sales (Principal)
    2. Discounts (PromotionMetaDataDefinitionValue, Promotion Meta Data Definition Value)
    3. Shipping cost credit note (ShippingCharge, Shipping Charge)
    4. Credit note for shipping costs Sales tax portion (ShippingTax, Shipping Tax)
    5. Gift wrapping credit note (Gift Wrap, Gift Wrap)
    6. Gift packaging credit note sales tax portion (GiftWrapTax, Gift Wrap Tax)
    7. Sales commission (Commission)
    8. Shipping costs FBA (FBAPerUnitFulfillmentFee, FBA Per Unit Fulfillment Fee)
    9. Variable sales fee (VariableClosingFee, Variable Closing Fee)
    10. withholding shipping costs (ShippingChargeback, ShippingChargeback)
    11. Retention Gift wrapping (Poison Wrap Chargeback, Poison Wrap Chargeback)
    12. Fixed sales commission (FixedClosingFee, Fixed Closing Fee)
  2. Credits and fees for refunds (Refund)
    1. Gross sales (Principal)
    2. Sales commission (Commission)
    3. Retained commission (RefundCommission, Refund Commission)
  3. Fees in connection with fulfillment by Amazon
    1. FBA costs for returns (FBARemovalFee)
    2. FBA costs for return of goods (FBAInboundTransportationFee)
    3. FBA costs for outward shipments by UPS (FBAInboundTransportationProgramFee)
    4. FBA Storage fee (FBAStorageFee)
    5. FBA destruction fee (FBADisposalFee)
    6. FBA customer return fee (FBACustomerReturnPerUnitFee)
    7. FBA long-term storage fee (FBALongTermStorageFee)
    8. FBA fee for preparation of goods in the inbound process (FBAInboundDefectFee)
    9. FBAInternationalInboundFreightFee
    10. FBAInternationalInboundFreightTaxAndDuty
    11. FBAInboundShipmentCartonLevelInfoFee
    12. FBALocalizationFee
    13. GlobalInboundTransportationDuty
    14. GlobalInboundTransportationFreight
    15. Refund (REVERSAL_REIMBURSEMENT)
    16. Refund for lost stock (WAREHOUSELOSTMANUAL)
    17. Refund for damaged stock (WAREHOUSE_DAMAGE)
    18. Refund for lost goods in goods receipt (MISSINGFROMINBOUND)
    19. Refund for lost goods in case of return (REMOVALORDERLOST)
    20. Reversal of previous refunds (COMPENSATED_CLAWBACK)
    21. Refund for incorrect FBA fees (INCORRECTFEESITEMS)
    22. Refund for defective stock (WAREHOUSEDAMAGEEXCEPTION)
    23. Refund for damaged goods in case of returns (REMOVALORDERDAMAGED)
    24. Refund for lost multi-channel orders (MULTICHANNELORDERLOST)
    25. Refund for damaged multi-channel orders (MULTICHANNELORDERDAMAGED)
    26. Refund for goods damaged by the carrier in the inbound process (INBOUNDCARRIERDAMAGE)
  4. Fees in connection with Amazon's shipping preparation
    1. Labelling, application of barcodes or labels (LabelingFee)
    2. Wrapping (TapingFee)
    3. Packaging in foil bags (PolybaggingFee)
    4. Packing in bubblewrap
    5. Packing in opaque foil bag (OpaqueBaggingFee)
    6. Refund Preparation for shipment (PREPFEE_REFUND)
  5. Fees when you buy postage for shipments via Amazon
    1. PostageBilling_DeliveryAreaSurcharge
    2. PostageBilling_CarrierPickup
    3. PostageBilling_Tracking
    4. PostageBilling_DeliveryConfirmation
    5. PostageBilling_Postage
    6. ReturnPostageBillingpostagecommission
    7. ReturnPostageBilling_postage
    8. PostageRefund_Postage
  6. Other fees
    1. Subscription
    2. RunLightningDealFee
    3. NonSubscriptionFeeAdj
    4. CRETURNWRONGITEM
    5. PostageBilling_Insurance
    6. INCORRECTFEESNON_ITEMIZED
    7. Customer Service Error (CSERRORITEMS)
    8. Customer Service Error (CSERRORNON_ITEMIZED)
    9. A-Z Warranty Case Refund (A2ZGuaranteeRecovery)
    10. Miscellaneous (MiscAdjustment)
    11. Adjustment Fee Sales Tariff (SubscriptionFeeCorrection)
    12. FailedDisbursement
    13. Other Services (PaidServicesFee)
    14. Other fees

Credits and fees by shipping (Shipment)

Sales (Principal)

Behind the meaningful term "Principal" is the turnover you have achieved with the article.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as turnover.

Discounts (PromotionMetaDataDefinitionValue, Promotion Meta Data Definition Value)

If you have granted a discount to the buyer, this discount is shown under the term PromotionMetaDataDefinitionValue. It also contains the name of the discount action.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as discounts. In addition, under the menu item Marketing / Discounts you will find an evaluation of the discount actions. Here we evaluate exactly this field.

Shipping cost credit note (ShippingCharge, Shipping Charge)

If the buyer has to pay shipping costs, the amount will be shown separately next to the turnover. Either gross or - if you have activated the VAT calculation service - as a net amount. In this case the tax portion is included in the following item ShippingTax.

In the case of an FBA delivery, the net amount will be deducted, since the service is provided by Amazon.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Shipping/Gift Packing.

Credit note for shipping costs Sales tax portion (ShippingTax, Shipping Tax)

This is the VAT portion of the shipping cost credit. See previous item.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX, we show this line both in the shipping/gift packaging section and under *VAT.

Gift wrapping credit note (Gift Wrap, Gift Wrap)

If the customer has the article wrapped as a gift, you will be credited this amount for the time being.

Later the net amount will be deducted from your account, since the service is provided by Amazon.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Shipping/Gift Wrapping.

Gift packaging credit note sales tax portion (GiftWrapTax, Gift Wrap Tax)

This is the VAT portion of the credit for the gift packaging. See previous item.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX, we show this as shipping/gift packaging as well as under *VAT.

Sales commission (Commission)

Amazon earns from your sale in the form of a variable sales fee. This refers to the gross sales and differs according to the category. Usually it is 15% of the gross sales.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Amazon costs or under of which commissions.

Shipping costs FBA (FBAPerUnitFulfillmentFee, FBA Per Unit Fulfillment Fee)

If the item is shipped by Amazon (FBA), Amazon will charge you a fee for this, which depends on the size and weight of the item.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Amazon costs or under from FBA.

Variable sales fee (VariableClosingFee, Variable Closing Fee)

As a seller, you also pay a closing fee per media item sold. This is 1.01 € for books, 0.81 € for music, 0.81 € for DVD and video and 0.81 € for video games (games, accessories and consoles) and software.

This is a fee.

withholding shipping costs (ShippingChargeback, ShippingChargeback)

If the shipping is done by Amazon and the buyer has to pay shipping costs, the net amount will be deducted from your account here. So in the end it is a zero-sum game. See also ShippingCharge.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Amazon costs.

Retention Gift wrapping (Poison Wrap Chargeback, Poison Wrap Chargeback)

If the item is gift-wrapped by Amazon, the net amount that the buyer had to pay will be deducted here. So in the end it is a zero-sum game. See also GiftwrapCharge.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Amazon Cost.

Fixed sales commission (FixedClosingFee, Fixed Closing Fee)

Sellers who are not on the "Professional" sales tariff pay a fixed sales commission per item.

This is a fee.

Credits and fees for refunds (Refund)

In the following we will deal with credits and fees that occur in the context of refunds, i.e. when the customer returns the item. In this case Amazon will process the sale backwards again. With a few differences.

Gross sales (Principal)

Under Principal you will find the amount that Amazon will deduct from your account and credit to the buyer.

Sales commission (Commission)

Amazon will also credit you with the entire sales commission in the first step, but will charge a part (usually 20%) off again (see RefundCommission). You will therefore remain sitting on a part of the sales commission.

This is a credit note.

Retained commission (RefundCommission, Refund Commission)

This is the part of the sales commission that Amazon retains. Usually this is 20% of the original sales commission.

This is a fee.

Fees in connection with fulfillment by Amazon

In the following we present the most important FBA fees. An overview of the relevant fees can be found here (opens new window)

FBA costs for returns (FBARemovalFee)

If you have goods returned to you, Amazon will charge you the cost of the return.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX, we show this line as FBA return shipping costs.

FBA costs for return of goods (FBAInboundTransportationFee)

These are the fees that apply when you send goods to Amazon's warehouse and receive postage through Amazon.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX, we show this line as FBA Postage.

FBA costs for outward shipments by UPS (FBAInboundTransportationProgramFee)

If you are working with UPS, a special fee applies here.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX, we show this line as FBA Outgoing (UPS) charges.

FBA Storage fee (FBAStorageFee)

This is the monthly fee for goods you store in the FBA warehouse. It is calculated according to volume.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA storage fee.

FBA destruction fee (FBADisposalFee)

If you have FBA goods destroyed by Amazon, a fee will be charged.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA destruction costs.

FBA customer return fee (FBACustomerReturnPerUnitFee)

In some cases, Amazon may charge you a fee when customers return goods.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA customer returns.

FBA long-term storage fee (FBALongTermStorageFee)

Once a year Amazon will charge you the long-term storage fee for goods that have been in the FBA warehouse for more than 12 months.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA long-term storage fee.

FBA fee for preparation of goods in the inbound process (FBAInboundDefectFee)

If Amazon has to rework goods delivered by you so that they can be processed further, Amazon will charge you a fee for this.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA Defective Delivery.

FBAInternationalInboundFreightFee

This includes freight costs for the international shipment of goods.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

FBAInternationalInboundFreightTaxAndDuty

These conceal taxes and fees for the international movement of goods.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

FBAInboundShipmentCartonLevelInfoFee

More detailed information is not known.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

FBALocalizationFee

There is no official information about this. We assume that this fee will be charged when Amazon translates a listing for you, for example.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

GlobalInboundTransportationDuty

If Amazon takes over the import of goods for you and customs duties are incurred here, Amazon will charge this value to you.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

GlobalInboundTransportationFreight

If Amazon takes over the import of goods for you and freight costs are incurred here, then Amazon calculates this value further.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Refund (REVERSAL_REIMBURSEMENT)

This often includes refunds, e.g. for goods broken in the shipping process.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as refund (other).

Refund for lost stock (WAREHOUSE_LOST_MANUAL)

If goods have been lost in the Amazon warehouse, Amazon will refund you an amount for this.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Refund Goods (lost manual).

Refund for damaged stock (WAREHOUSE_DAMAGE)

If goods have been damaged in Amazon's warehouse, Amazon will reimburse you for this.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Refund Goods (damaged).

Refund for lost goods in goods receipt (MISSING_FROM_INBOUND)

If goods are lost when they are sent to Amazon, Amazon will refund the amount.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Refund Goods (lost during shipment).

Refund for lost goods in case of return (REMOVAL_ORDER_LOST)

If you wanted FBA goods to be returned to you and they were lost on the way to you, Amazon will issue you a credit note.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Reversal of previous refunds (COMPENSATED_CLAWBACK)

If Amazon has refunded you money in the past, e.g. for lost goods, and has now found the goods again, Amazon will get its money back and in return book the goods.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Reversal refund.

Refund for incorrect FBA fees (INCORRECT_FEES_ITEMS)

Amazon sometimes charges you too much for shipping via FBA. If this is the case and the error is noticed, Amazon will refund your money.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Refund for defective stock (WAREHOUSE_DAMAGE_EXCEPTION)

Here Amazon will credit you for damaged goods in the warehouse.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as refund goods (damage exception).

Refund for damaged goods in case of returns (REMOVAL_ORDER_DAMAGED)

If a product was damaged during a return shipment, Amazon can refund the amount.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Refund for lost multi-channel orders (MULTICHANNEL_ORDER_LOST)

If you sent a shipment via Multi-Channel-Fulfillment (MCF) and it was lost, you will find the refund below.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Refund for damaged multi-channel orders (MULTICHANNEL_ORDER_DAMAGED)

If you sent a shipment via Multi-Channel-Fulfillment and it was damaged during shipping, you will find the refund below.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Refund for goods damaged by the carrier in the inbound process (INBOUND_CARRIER_DAMAGE)

If something is broken when sending goods to Amazon, you will find a refund here.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this value under the same name.

Fees in connection with Amazon's shipping preparation

Labelling, application of barcodes or labels (LabelingFee)

You can commission Amazon to provide the goods with a barcode / label for you. For this Amazon charges a fee per piece.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA Labeling.

Wrapping (TapingFee)

If Amazon has to or should combine your goods into one container, Amazon charges a fee for this.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA Taping.

Packaging in foil bags (PolybaggingFee)

If you ask Amazon to pack your products into a polybag, Amazon will charge a fee per piece.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA Polybags.

Packing in bubblewrap

If the goods have to be packed in bubble wrap, a fee will be charged for this as well.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as FBA bubble wrap.

Packing in opaque foil bag (OpaqueBaggingFee)

If, for example, adult items are packed in an opaque bag, then this fee will be charged.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Refund Preparation for shipment (PREPFEE_REFUND)

These are refunds in the area of shipment preparation.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Fees when you buy postage for shipments via Amazon

PostageBilling_DeliveryAreaSurcharge

In some regions delivery is more expensive. Then there is a surcharge, which Amazon will charge you here.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

PostageBilling_CarrierPickup

If goods are picked up somewhere, this fee is due.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

PostageBilling_Tracking

If there are fees for tracking a shipment, this will be charged under this position.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

PostageBilling_DeliveryConfirmation

The costs for a proof of dispatch are included here.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

PostageBilling_Postage

Here you will be charged shipping costs for a shipment.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

ReturnPostageBilling_postage_commission

Here you will be charged for return shipping costs for a shipment.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

ReturnPostageBilling_postage

Here you will be charged for the return costs of a shipment.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

PostageRefund_Postage

Here Amazon refunds you paid fees for shipments, e.g. to Amazon.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Other fees

Subscription

These are the fees for your seller account. For German accounts these are usually 39 EUR.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as seller fees monthly.

RunLightningDealFee

These are the costs if you participate in a blitzdeal.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as flash deals.

NonSubscriptionFeeAdj

This includes any other refunds or fees, e.g. if Amazon has miscalculated and now credits or deducts the difference to your account.

The amount reduces or increases your profit.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

CRETURN_WRONG_ITEM

If a customer returns the wrong item, Amazon will reimburse them for the amount.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

PostageBilling_Insurance

If you insure your goods when sending them to Amazon, the amount for the insurance is shown here.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we show this value under the same name.

INCORRECT_FEES_NON_ITEMIZED

Amazon sometimes charges you too much for shipping via FBA. If this is the case and the error is noticed, Amazon will refund your money. Compared to the previous case, this is a refund that is not product related.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as refund fees.

Customer Service Error (CS_ERROR_ITEMS)

If Amazon's customer service makes a mistake when creating a credit note, for example, and charges you more than you planned, you will find the refunded amount here.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we show this line as Refund (CS-ERROR-ITEMS).### BuyerRecharge

If you have granted a refund / credit to a customer, but the customer returns the money to you, then this value will be applied.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX, we display this value under the same name.

Customer Service Error (CS_ERROR_NON_ITEMIZED)

These are refunds due to errors in Amazon customer service that are not product related.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

A-Z Warranty Case Refund (A2ZGuaranteeRecovery)

If an A-Z warranty case is decided in your favor, you will receive a credit from Amazon.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Miscellaneous (MiscAdjustment)

This is a collective item and here different things are charged.

This is usually a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Adjustment Fee Sales Tariff (SubscriptionFeeCorrection)

This is a refund to your account fee.

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

FailedDisbursement

If Amazon was not able to pay out a credit, e.g. because the bank account was not valid or the payment could not be transferred, then Amazon records the following attempts under this name

This is a credit note.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Other Services (PaidServicesFee)

This includes fees you have paid for selected services from Amazon.

This is a fee.

In AMALYTIX we display this value under the same name.

Other fees

  • PostageRefund_FuelSurcharge
  • PostageRefund_Tracking
  • PostageRefund_DeliveryAreaSurcharge
  • PostageRefund_DeliveryConfirmation
  • PostageRefund_SignatureConfirmation
  • PostageRefund_CongestionCharge
  • PostageRefund_Insurance
  • PostageRefund_CarrierPickup
  • PostageRefund_VAT
  • PostageBilling_VAT
  • PostageBilling_CongestionCharge
  • PostageBilling_SignatureConfirmation
  • PostageBilling_FuelSurcharge
  • CommissionCorrection
  • AmazonShippingReimbursement
  • AmazonShippingCharges
  • CLI_PLANNED_FEE_REIMBURSEMENT
  • RE_EVALUATION
  • DebtCreation
  • MerchantBadDebt
  • TaxCertificationAdjustment
  • MaunualDisbursement
Related Articles
Amazon Product Opportunity Explorer: How to identify sales opportunities

Blog

Amazon Product Opportunity Explorer: How to identify sales opportunities

Use the Product Opportunity Explorer to understand customer demand and to identify sales opportunities.

Trutz Fries

Amazon Concessions Dashboard for Vendors: How to reduce concessions

Blog

Amazon Concessions Dashboard for Vendors: How to reduce concessions

Concessions are a signal of customer dissatisfaction with selected products. We explain how you can identify and resolve problems.

Trutz Fries

Amazon Chargebacks: Your operational performance explained

Blog

Amazon Chargebacks: Your operational performance explained

Amazon places high standards on its suppliers - if a Vendor fails to deliver in accordance with the specifications, it will be liable to pay heavy compensation payments.

Trutz Fries

Would you like to have a better overview on Amazon?
Monitor your listings 14 days for free!
Do you have any questions? Don't hesitate to call us or send us an email!
Tel. +49 221-29 19 12 32 | info@amalytix.com