Amazon FBA COVID-19 Restrictions

Posted: August 6th, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, companies across the world have had to change business procedures and protocols - this includes Amazon. It's vital to stay up-to-date on the latest guidelines put forth for sellers, so your business can continue to thrive! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon has implemented restrictions on FBA shipments for numerous categories. These restrictions restrict all FBA shipments except for the categories listed below, (restrictions are in place until April 5th).

  • Baby Products
  • Health & Household
  • Beauty & Personal Care (including personal care appliances)
  • Grocery
  • Industrial & Scientific Pet Supplies

This mean you cannot create and send in shipments for items outside of those categories. Any items you have currently available via FBA will continue to be available. Fulfillment by Merchant is still available for all categories. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.

How Are We Managing These Changes?

Focusing on primarily sourcing in the 6 approved FBA categories for the next 2 weeks. Switching to Amazon Fulfillment by Merchant for all other categories and sourcing items that are easy and cheap to ship.

Catering our Amazon Online Arbitrage Leads Lists for the 6 approved FBA categories and optimal FBM items.

Tips & Tricks for Fulfillment by Merchant

Focus on items that are easy to ship.

For example, items that are under 1 pound and can be shipped via USPS first class mail in a polymailer or padded envelope. Ensure you are including the shipping to customer cost when calculating ROI & Profit Margin.

Here is a free and easy to use calculator for Amazon FBM

Stock up on shipping supplies ASAP

White Polymailers

Padded Polymailers

Clear Polybags

Dymo 4XL Labels

“Please Scan Me” stickers

Setup up your shipping setting for expedited shipping & two-day shipping.

Customers may want to use expedited shipping or two-day shipping.

This can be setup in Amazon Seller Central under Settings then Shipping Setting.

Add an adequate cost for both expedited shipping and two-day to ensure the buyer covers the shipping costs.


If you looking for ways to source during these restrictions check out our Amazon Online Arbitrage Lead Lists. We have tailored these for the FBA restrictions and optimal FBM items.

More information about our Amazon Online Arbitrage Leads Lists Groups:

  • The leads lists contain 20 items delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday
  • Each item has a minimum ROI of 30%
  • Ungating processes for the toy and topical categories
  • Access to thehappyhustlers discord server for support
  • Exclusive Retail Arbitrage and Online Arbitrage BOLOs