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Answering the Million Dollar Question: How Much is Amazon Shipping?

Pramod Bhat
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October 25, 2020

Amazon, the go-to site of consumers and businesses, has shipped over 2.5 billion packages in the U.S. through their logistics company Amazon Logistics. It has been estimated that by 2022, it will double to 6.5 billion packages per year. Due to the number of benefits offered by Amazon FBA, merchants are encouraged to avail of it. So, how much is Amazon shipping? 

You see, Amazon isn’t just focusing on the eCommerce aspect of the business. They’re also starting with shipping their packages. We all know that Amazon is UPS’s biggest customer. But last year, Amazon began shipping 1 out of 5 deliveries in the U.S. They were able to build up to 20,000 fleets of delivery vans and 60 cargo planes. Moreover, Amazon has just started its new service called Shipping with Amazon, where drivers will pick up packages of third-party sellers and deliver them straight to the buyers.  

To know more about Amazon shipping and its difference with Amazon FBA, read more below.

Getting to know Amazon Shipping

Amazon shipping is a shipping service where they pick up the parcels from the sellers and deliver them to customers. Based on its website, Amazon can ship 20 parcels per day for retailers that sell on their own website. You don’t need to be an Amazon seller to avail of this service. 

Shipping with Amazon is different from Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). 

Amazon FBA is a program where sellers send their products to Amazon’s warehouse. The one to pack and fulfill these orders will be Amazon. On the other hand, amazon shipping is simply a delivery service. They receive the packed order and deliver it to the customer. 

Does Amazon FBA pay for shipping? 

You see Amazon sellers who avail of the program pay a fulfillment fee and storage fee. Included in their fulfillment fee is the shipping fee of the product. 

Benefits of Amazon Shipping

Below is a list of benefits of Amazon shipping:

  • Reliable customer service

One of the things you’ll love about Amazon shipping is its 24-hour customer service. They have a supportive and on-call customer service that you can quickly contact. If you need to ask them about the details, you can easily do so. 

  • Affordable and fast next-day delivery service

Amazon Shipping offers a 7-day delivery service without offering charges for weekend delivery. This cost-effective method encourages retailers to avail of their service. They don’t have to worry about paying extra fees for fuel or congestion charges. Plus, Amazon offers fast-shipping to the seller’s customers.

  • Easy reimbursement process

Besides fast-delivery service and affordable shipping rates, Amazon shipping offers fast reimbursement for stolen, damaged, and missing parcels. 

The Disadvantage of Amazon Shipping

As amazing Amazon shipping is for retailers, it can only be availed by U.K. sellers shipping to U.K. customers. Amazon hasn’t released their plans of offering it to other markets. Also, Amazon doesn’t have different shipping options aside from its next day delivery. They don’t ship products that need age verification and hazmat products. Lastly, if you’re shipping fewer products, then this wouldn’t be ideal for you. The cost tends to be higher for orders with low volume than high order volume. 

Packaging and Pricing

The pricing for Amazon shipping shall depend on the number of packages you ship per day. They will give you a custom rate card after your inquiry in their shipping service. The packaging has a weight limit of 23kg and dimensions of 120 x 60 x 60 cm. 

How much is Amazon Shipping for U.S. sellers? 

Since not everyone lives in the U.K., these are the shipping rates for U.S. sellers shipping domestically and internationally. 

The shipping rate is calculated at the checkout page. The fee shall depend on the type of product purchased by the buyer. 

Domestic Shipping Rates

 Domestic Standard (4 - 14 business days)Domestic Expedited (2 - 6 business days)Domestic Two Day(2 business days)Domestic One Day (1 business day)
Books$3.99$6.99$14.95$19.99
CDs, Cassettes, Vinyl$3.99$6.19$14.95$19.99
VHS Videotapes$3.99$6.19$14.95$19.99
DVDs and Blu-ray$3.99$6.19$14.95$19.99
Video Games$3.99$6.99Not availableNot available
Software & Computer Games$3.99$6.99Not availableNot available
Camera & Photo$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Tools & Hardware$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Kitchen & Housewares$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Computer$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Outdoor Living$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Electronics$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Sports & Outdoors$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Cell Phones & Service$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Musical Instruments$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Office Products$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Toy & Baby$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Independent Design itemsFREE$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available
Everything Else$4.49 + $0.50/lb.$6.49 + $0.99/lb.Not availableNot available

International Shipping Rates

 International Standard(3 - 6 weeks)International Expedited(3 - 7 business days)
Books$16.95 up to 1lb. $24.95 over 1 lb.$46.50
CDs, Cassettes, Vinyl$14.95$46.50
VHS Videotapes$14.95$46.50
DVDs$14.95$46.50

How much is Amazon International Shipping?

If you’re an Amazon seller and you wish to ship internationally, the shipping charge shall be computed at the checkout. It is based on the type of item, number of items, weight, and volume. We will be presenting the different basic guidelines for estimating shipping costs below. 

How much is Amazon Shipping for  Asia and the Pacific Islands?

  • Standard Shipping
Product CategoryPer ShipmentPer Item
Books, VHS videotapes$4.99$4.99*
CDs, DVDs, Music Cassettes, Vinyl$4.99$3.99*
**Jewelry, Watches$4.99$4.99
**Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys, Clothing Items, Shoes$4.99$2.99/lb
Any combination of the above items$4.99As above

Note: ** Standard Shipping is available for addresses in Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, and Taiwan.

  •  Expedited Shipping
Product CategoryPer ShipmentPer Item
Books, VHS videotapes$13.99$5.99*
CDs, DVDs, Music Cassettes, Vinyl$13.99$3.99*
**Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items, Shoes$13.99$4.99
Kindle or Kindle Accessories$8.99$2.99
**Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys$13.99$2.49/lb
Any combination of the above items$13.99As above

Note: ** Expedited Shipping is available for addresses in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan.

  • Priority Courier Shipping
Product CategoryPer ShipmentPer Item
Books, Clothing Items, Jewelry, Shoes, Software, Watches, VHS videotapes, Video Games$29.99$5.99*
CDs, DVDs, Music Cassettes, Vinyl$29.99$3.99*
Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Luggage, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys$29.99$5.99/lb
Kindle or Kindle Accessories$14.99$5.99
Any combination of the above itemsHighest applicable per-shipment chargeAs above

How much is shipping for Canada

  • Standard Shipping
Product CategoryPer ShipmentPer Item
Books, VHS videotapes, Software, Video Games$4.99$2.49*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl$4.99$1.99*
Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items$4.99$3.99
Shoes$4.99$1.99/lb
Video Games Consoles$4.99$2.90/lb
Luggage$4.99$1.99/lb
Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys$4.99$1.99/lb
Any combination of the above itemsHighest applicable per-shipment chargeAs above
  • Expedited Shipping
Product CategoryPer ShipmentPer Item
Books, VHS videotapes, Software, Video Games$6.99$4.49*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl$6.99$3.49*
Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items$6.99$3.99
Shoes$5.99$1.99/lb
Video Games Consoles$6.99$2.90/lb
Luggage$5.99$1.99/lb
Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys$9.99$2.99/lb
Any combination of the above itemsHighest applicable per-shipment chargeAs above
  • Priority Courier Shipping
Product CategoryPer ShipmentPer Item
Books, VHS videotapes, Software, Video Games$19.99$4.49*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl$19.99$3.49*
Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items$19.99$3.99
Shoes$19.99$1.99/lb
Video Games Consoles$19.99$2.90/lb
Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Luggage, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys$19.99$3.99/lb
Any combination of the above items$19.99As above

Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services

Amazon FBA is Amazon’s popular fulfillment program. With Amazon FBA, you will be shipping your packages to Amazon’s fulfillment center and they will be storing your products until a customer orders from you. Once an order has been made, they shall handle the picking, packing, and shipping of your orders to your customers. 

If you need help shipping your packages to Amazon’s warehouse, here at Stallion Express, we offer our shipping service for an affordable price. You can save up to 60% on shipping if you avail of our services, and you don’t have to worry about processing your orders at the destination country’s customs because we’re the ones to do it for you. You can even integrate your online store with us. 

Once you avail of Amazon FBA, you get to reap the rewards of availing their services. Below are some of the significant benefits of availing Amazon FBA. 

  • Access to Amazon Prime members

Once you join Amazon FBA, you are automatically qualified for Amazon Prime. Most sales on Amazon are due to Amazon Prime members. With this, you now have access to potential customers who will buy in your store, thereby generating income. 

  • Competitive pricing

You can offer competitive pricing to your customers since Amazon often displays the product price without the shipping cost on the listing. Furthermore, your customers can get discounted and free shipping, which will lessen their cost of purchase. 

  • Fast shipping

Customers love fast delivery. With Amazon FBA, you are qualified under free shipping, two-day shipping, next day delivery, and overnight delivery. These shipping options help customers choose you over your competitors. The more sales you gain, the more you will rank high on Amazon’s search results. 

  • Reliable customer service

Amazon FBA shall not only handle the fulfillment of your orders but also provide customer service to your customers. If they have problems with their goods, Amazon has a 24-hour customer service that can assist them. 

  • Multi-channel fulfillment service

Amazon can fulfill your orders despite not selling on their platform. This is as long as your goods are stored in one of their warehouses. They handle it the same way with Amazon sellers. 

Fulfillment and Storage Fee

Amazon shall charge you a fulfillment fee for taking off the weight on your shoulders and a storage fee for storing your items in their warehouse. Below are the costs that shall be charged to you by Amazon.

Service Orders placed on Amazon
Envelope fulfillment feeFirst 100gCAD $3.37
For every additional 100gCAD $0.20
Standard fulfillment feeFirst 500gCAD $5.48
500-1,000gCAD $6.08
For every additional 500gCAD $0.42

  • Fulfillment Fees for Oversized Items
Service Orders placed on Amazon
Oversize Fulfillment FeeFirst 1,000gCAD $8.05
For every additional 1000gCAD $0.43
Special handling for:1.   Exceed 270 cm on the longest side; or2.   Exceed 419 cm for the longest side + 2x height  + 2x width; or3.   Exceed an outbound shipping weight of 69 kg.CAD $125.00

Storage Fees

MonthStandard SizeOversize
January - SeptemberCAD $24 per cubic meter per monthCAD $17 per cubic meter per month
October - DecemberCAD $33 per cubic meter per monthCAD $23 per cubic meter per month

Key Takeaway

Amazon Shipping is an excellent new service offered by Amazon. Since it still isn’t available to other marketplaces, we can work with Amazon FBA and shipping companies to fulfill our orders. To help you with your shipping, here at Stallion Express, we offer the best and most reliable shipping service for your shipping needs. You can visit us at our Stallion Express branches or drop your packages at our drop & go locations. We will be the one to process your orders and do the heavy work for you. If you wish to know more about our service, contact us today!

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Written by Pramod Bhat

Pramod is the CEO of Stallion Express - the leading eCommerce shipping provider in Canada. His vision, leadership, and innovative strategies have catapulted Stallion into one of the industry's most trusted brands. He is on a mission to help online sellers in Canada scale and succeed. He is also the reigning office ping pong champion.

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