Packaging Products Containing Liquids

Packaging Products Containing Liquids

IMPORTANT: Failure to comply with FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions may result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfillment center, disposal or return of inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfillment center, or charging for any unplanned services.

Liquids and products containing liquids can cause damage during shipping and when stored. Products containing liquids without a double seal, including viscous products (such as honey), must be packaged securely to protect Amazon associates, other products, and customers. Be sure to adhere to the guidelines for glass containers, packaging multi-packs of liquids, and volume restrictions by container type. Sets, kits, or bundled products containing liquids must meet these requirements as well.

Related guidelines:

Watch this brief video for examples of how to prep your products for shipment to and storage in Amazon fulfillment centers.


How to Prep Liquid Products

Permitted packaging materials:

  • Boxes
  • Poly bags or shrinkwrap ( If the liquid is double sealed and passes a drop test, no bagging is required. If the item is not double sealed regardless of size, bagging is required.)
  • Bubble wrap and other approved packing material for shipping to Amazon fulfillment centers.
  • Labels

 

Packaging guidelines

Do… Do Not…
Make sure your packaged Units can pass a 3-foot drop test onto a hard surface without breaking or leaking. A drop test consists of five drops:

  • Flat on base
  • Flat on top
  • Flat on longest side
  • Flat on shortest side
  • On a corner
Ensure the product’s cap has been tightened, if applicable, and each Unit does not leak.
Make sure your products have a double-seal or safety seal (see definition below for more information).

If the liquid is double sealed and passes a drop test, no bagging is required. If the item is not double sealed regardless of size, bagging is required.

Note: Spray bottles with plastic caps that do not have an additional manufactured seal are not considered double-sealed. See examples below for a sample image.

Ship products that are classified as Hazmat or have a Flash Point less than 200 degrees Fahrenheit. See examples of hazardous and dangerous items.
Send in any Unit in violation of the volume and container restrictions described in this help page.
Ship any Unit that is leaking.
Send in any Unit without a manufactured double seal that has not been packaged with the appropriate prep materials as described in this help page.

Note: Products that are double-sealed do not require poly bagging if they will not leak. Products that are double-sealed but have evidence of leaking may require polybagging at Amazon fulfillment centers. For example, if a package of 10 shampoo bottles arrives at a fulfillment center, with one unit showing signs of leaking, the single unit will be received into your Unsellable inventory if possible, and the other nine units may be polybagged at your expense to prevent them from leaking as well.

 

Volume and container restrictions

 

Packaging Requirements
Container
Type
Sellable
Unit
Size Volume Double Sealed
Screw Cap
Corrugated
Box
Glass Single Standard-
Size*
4 oz. or less Yes No
More than 4 oz. Stop Not eligible for FBANOTE: FBA Sellers in the Amazon Brand Registry program and approved for Frustration-Free Packaging may be exempt.
Oversize* Stop Not eligible for FBA
Bundled Stop Not eligible for FBA
Non-glass Single Standard-
Size*
5 gallons or less (20 lb. maximum) Yes No
More than 5 gallons Not eligible for FBA
Oversize* 5 gallons or less (Over 20 lb.) Yes Yes
More than 5 gallons Not eligible for FBA
Bundled Standard-
Size*
5 gallons or less
(20 lb. maximum)
Yes Yes
More than 5 gallons
or more than 20 lbs.
Stop Not eligible for FBA
Oversize* 5 gallons or less (Over 20 lb.) Yes Yes
More than 5 gallons
or more than 20 lbs.
StopNot eligible for FBA
* Standard-Size includes any packaged Unit weighing 20 lb. or less or with dimensions of 18″ or less on its longest side, 14″ or less on its median side, or 8″ or less on its shortest side. A Unit exceeding any of these measurements is Oversize.

Bundled Units: Liquids in non-glass containers that are bundled to be sold as a set must adhere to the “sold as set” requirements found in the Packaging and Prep Requirements Help page. Also, the entire bundle must collectively adhere to the 5 gallon volume requirement. 5 units of 1 gallon ASINs bundled together as one sellable unit is acceptable, but 5 units of 5 gallon ASINs bundled together as one sellable unit is not permitted.

Note: Expiration-dated products

Products that expire and are contained in packaging that requires additional prep, such as glass jars or bottles, must be prepped to ensure that the expiration date is accessible for Amazon associates during the receive process. For more information about these requirements, visit the FBA Help section on Date- and Temperature-Sensitive Products.

Definition of a double seal

A double seal is defined as a tightened lid that cannot be easily opened and one of the following:

  • A “safety seal” which is a peel-off seal underneath the lid of a product, like you would find on a new ketchup bottle.
  • A manufactured seal around the outside of the neck of the product.

Products that do not have a manufactured double seal in one of the ways above must be individually bagged in transparent sealed bags or shrink wrap (minimum of 1.5 mil.) and clearly marked with a suffocation warning label.

Examples of manufactured seals:
double seal 1 double seal 2

Examples of prepped Units

packaging liquid containers
Not permitted: Container needs a double seal. Permitted: Non-breakable and double-sealed container of less than 50 fl. oz.
packaging liquid containers
Not permitted: Container needs a double seal. Permitted: Non-breakable and double-sealed container of less than 50 fl. oz.
packaging liquid containers
Not permitted: Container needs a double seal. Permitted: Non-breakable and double-sealed container of less than 50 fl. oz.