North American Remote Fulfillment Automatic Enrollment
Are you thinking of expanding your businesses to increase Profit Sales? Amazon launches a new program to make selling products across North America hassle-free. To know more about it, keep on reading.
What is Remote Fulfilment with FBA?
Remote Fulfilment with FBA allows the US sellers to sell to customers in Canada and Mexico without needing to send inventories to the said countries. When you enroll in the program (Amazon.ca, Amazo.com.mx), Amazon Fulfilment will use your inventory in US Fulfilment centers to fulfill the orders across the borders.
Note: FBA Export and Remote Fulfillment are two different things. FBA Export makes its offers available to customers worldwide for purchase on Amazon.com
Unfortunately, not all the items are eligible to be sold through Remote Fulfillment with FBA to Canada and Mexico. Sellers must meet the following conditions to be eligible for selling:
- FBA must be enabled in the US and should have valid offers for both Canada and Mexico
Regulations in destination-country and trade compliance must meet by the seller.
The following product types are not eligible:
- Restricted products
- Prohibited products
- Dangerous goods
Amazon continues to monitor factors that can affect the eligibility of ASIN to know that the customers are safe from the imported products. There are instances that ASIN becomes ineligible due to changes in trade compliance regulations or other eligibility factors.
However, using a different fulfillment method, ASIN can be eligible for cross-border fulfillment, such as US FBA fulfillment, or fulfilled by the seller but is not eligible for Remote Fulfillment with FBA. This happens when additional documentation requirements for customs or specific shipping or packing requirements exist.
Note: If you want to sell in Canada or Mexico, but your ASIN is not eligible for Remote Fulfillment, you can list it as a seller-fulfilled offer or send it straight to Canada or Mexico for sale through FBA for both countries.
How to enroll in Remote Fulfillment?
Remote Fulfillment sellers in both Canada and Mexico will be automatically enrolled in the program starting July 01, 2022, unless they opt not to enroll in the program before the said date. Seller Central will send an alert to eligible sellers to inform the automatic incoming enrolment in the program within 30 days before the actual enrolment. This information includes a link where you can decide whether to opt out or enroll your store/s.
Also, you can manually enroll or unenroll from the Remote Fulfillment program anytime you want.
Follow these guides to manually enroll and begin selling:
1. First, go to the Remote Fulfillment page. To do that, you may click the link from the email that you have received and click on the “Remote Fulfillment” link, or you can go to the “Inventory” tab and select the “Remote Fulfillment with FBA” option.
2. Click the “Enroll” button and choose one or more stores you want to enroll in. Listings in one or more of your enrolled stores will be automatically created by the Build International Listings tool. Eligible items will be automatically listed from your US FBA to Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.mx, as long as the products pass in product eligibility. Plus, the following will be added to the program:
- All new and eligible products from your inventory
- All products that are not yet eligible but have a chance to be eligible.
3. ASIN Status report must be downloaded from the Remote Fulfillment Page to be able to do the following:
- Users can easily see the added ASINs in the program.
- You can decide whether to take additional actions to fully activate your offers on your eligible products.
- Use the program to remove unwanted items from certain stores
Note: Enrolling in Remote Fulfillment with FBA may take a day to track your eligible ASINs.
If you wish to unenroll in the program, go to the program’s setting, click Unenroll from Remote Fulfillment with FBA, and click Unenroll. The setting preferences will not be adjusted, but all of the offers for Canada and Mexico will no longer exist in Remote Fulfillment with FBA.
The inventory of the seller where it is located will still be available and will still be for sale. However, new inventory for Remote Fulfillment will be unenabled unless you wish to enroll again in the program.
In addition, the “Automatic listing creation” can be modified using the Build International Listings Tool.
Pros & Cons of North America Remote Fulfillment
These are the advantages of enrolling in NARF:
- You can save time and money on logistics
- It would be less intensive management of your inventory
- This program is excellent for market testing
- FBA sellers can avoid local tax regulations and local certification on specific product categories
However, you may consider reading the disadvantages of enrolling in the program. Given these raised issues and concerns:
- You are risking your Account’s Health. First thing is that you need to know that you will have to manage account health issues in each country similar to how you do this with your main account. To do this, switch to the country drop down, and click on the menu > performance> account health.
- Although Amazon adjusts for extra fees by charging the customers more for pick and pack fee, you need to make sure Amazon does the calculation correctly. It’s also harder to see the profit margins as this will have to be reviewed manually after each sale.
- Suspension Issues for restricted product violation. Certain categories like groceries have different requirements in each country causing non compliance. For instance, Canada requires groceries to have French words on the product. Selling products from the US will cause compliance problems. Know the policies for both Canada and Mexico before you list any products.
- Exchange rate fluctuation causing swings in profit margins.
- The extra import fee paid by the customer makes your listing less competitive.
What are your thoughts about this program? Do you consider it beneficial in the long run? Tell me about it in our comment section. Thank you! See you on our next blog!