Amazon Buy Shipping API (US)

ShipEngine's integration with Amazon Buy Shipping API allows you to create shipping labels for Amazon Merchant Fulfilled orders. You can import these orders either from your directly connected Amazon Marketplace account or from ChannelAdvisor.

Amazon Merchant Fulfilled Prime orders are required to be shipped using the Amazon Buy Shipping API integration.

All labels created in ShipEngine using the Amazon Buy Shipping API include an additional $0.30 fee, which will be added to your monthly ShipEngine invoice. UPDATE November 9th, 2022: To support our merchants, ShipEngine is waiving its Amazon Buy Shipping API label fee for the 2022 holiday season!

Available to US ShipEngine Accounts Only

Contact ShipEngine Support for assistance with connecting your Amazon store.

Limitations

  • If Amazon determines the selected service will not guarantee the shipment's arrival in the required time frame, Amazon will return the alert "Selected service is not compatible with other settings" and prevent you from creating the label for that order. In these cases, you will need to select a faster service.

    Important

    Give yourself enough time to pick, pack, and ship your orders!

    The last pick-up time for each shipping service will impact the availability of the shipping service when you purchase a shipping label using services from the Amazon Buy Shipping API. You may not see your preferred shipping services if the label purchase time is less than an hour from the last carrier pick-up time you defined.

  • If using ChannelAdvisor to import your Amazon orders, the Amazon Buy Shipping API integration will only function for orders imported from the Amazon store you most recently connected to ShipEngine.

  • You cannot connect more than one Amazon Buy Shipping API account to ShipEngine.

  • You cannot edit the recipient address for shipments using Amazon Buy Shipping API services. All labels will use the recipient address Amazon has on file for the order. If you must update the recipient address, you must log into Amazon Seller Central to make the change.

  • You cannot create multi-package shipments in ShipEngine when using Amazon Buy Shipping API services. To create multi-package shipments, you must do so in Amazon Seller Central.

  • End of Day manifests are not currently supported by ShipEngine for Amazon Buy Shipping API labels. End of Day manifests are not required but can be printed via Amazon's shipping portal.

  • To use your own carrier account rates for the Amazon Buy Shipping API, you must connect your carrier accounts within Amazon's shipping portal. Review Amazon’s Seller Central help article to learn how to connect your own carrier accounts to use with the Amazon Buy Shipping API (requires you to log into Amazon Seller Central).

Amazon Buy Shipping API Requirements

  • Amazon Merchant Fulfilled orders imported from either an Amazon Marketplace or ChannelAdvisor store connected to ShipEngine.

  • Your Amazon Seller Central email address.

  • You must log in to Amazon and agree to terms and conditions for any shipping carrier you intend to use.

Connect Amazon Buy Shipping API to ShipEngine

To connect your Amazon Buy Shipping API account in the ShipEngine dashboard:

  1. Select the Amazon Buy Shipping tile from the Available Carriers pop-up window.

    Amazon Buy shipping logo. Button that reads, Connect
  2. Enter your Seller Central Email and a Nickname to identify your account in ShipEngine.

    Amazon Buy Shipping registration form pop-up with credential fields highlighted
  3. Review the Terms and Conditions, then check the box next to Accept terms and conditions.

  4. Click the Connect button.

Amazon Buy Shipping API Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some common issues, potential causes, and troubleshooting tips.

Issue

How to troubleshoot or resolve

Error: Selected service is not compatible with other settings (package type, weight, size)

What it means: This error message may appear when getting rates or creating labels with Amazon Buy Shipping API. It can occur for a few different reasons, but the most common are:

  • The selected shipping service does not support the package type, weight, or dimensions you've entered for the shipment.

  • The selected shipping service would not get the package to the customer in time for the Prime guaranteed delivery date.

Error: Resource Not Found

What it means: This error message will occur if ShipEngine is able to communicate with Amazon but Amazon isn't able to find the order in the Amazon account ShipEngine is trying to access.

This error message is most commonly seen when using a ChannelAdvisor store connection that is importing orders from multiple Amazon accounts. ShipEngine relies on an existing Amazon store connection that contains the Amazon credentials needed to communicate with the Amazon Buy Shipping API. ShipEngine cannot determine which specific Amazon store a ChannelAdvisor order originated from, so it will always attempt to use the credentials from the most recently connected Amazon store. This error message will display if the order in question does not belong to that Amazon store.

What to do: To resolve this issue, you will need to create a new Amazon.com store connection in ShipEngine that is linked to the Amazon account you will be shipping Merchant Fulfilled orders for. Then, make the store inactive so you can process the orders imported through ChannelAdvisor.

If shipping Merchant Fulfilled orders for multiple Amazon stores, we recommend you use ShipEngine's direct Amazon integration to import those orders instead of ChannelAdvisor.