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Expiration dates on seller-fulfilled products

Before listing expiration-dated inventory, ensure that you adhere to the policies and requirements below. Failure to comply may result in removal of your listings or deactivation of your Amazon selling account.

Expiration-dated product definition

Amazon considers any product with a shelf life, or that loses effectiveness with time, to be subject to expiration, even if an expiration date is not indicated on the product packaging.

Products subject to expiration include but are not limited to:

  • Any product that has an expiration date printed on the product or its packaging
  • Consumable products such as potato chips, tea leaves, and nutritional supplements, for human or animal consumption
  • Topical products such as skin creams, soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and cosmetics that are intended for human or animal use
  • Cleaning products such as disinfectant wipes, cleaning sprays and solutions, and detergents
  • Products that include components that can expire, such as a coffee machine that is sold bundled with coffee

Shelf life requirements for expiration-dated products

All expiration-dated products intended for application or consumption must be received by the customer with sufficient time for use. For example, a bottle of supplements with 240 daily servings must be sold to the customer more than 240 days before expiration. This requirement extends to all individual products sold in bulk, or as part of a bundle. In addition, food and beverage products—as well as products that ship with food or beverages must be lot-controlled and received by the customer with sufficient time for use.

The table below lists products that Amazon considers subject to expiration, along with their respective shelf-life guidelines.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list and is intended as a guide only.
Product type Minimum arrival time at fulfillment center before product expiration
Baby & Infant 90 days
Baking Supplies 90 days
Beverages 90 days
Boxed Meals 90 days
Canned Goods 250 days
Cereals 150 days
Condiments/Spreads/Cooking 100 days
Foreign Foods 120 days
Gift Baskets & Hampers 70 days
Pasta & Grains 130 days
Cooking Sauces 100 days
Snacks & Desserts 70 days
Chocolate 90 days
Boxed Chocolate 90 days
Sweets 90 days
Desserts 90 days
Condiments 200 days
Spreads 180 days
Oil, Vinegar 100 days
White Bread & Similar 90 days
Naan, Bread, Chapatis & Pappadums 60 days
UHT Milk & Similar 60 days
Juices 90 days
Water 250 days
Soft Drinks 120 days
Tea 300 days
Coffee 150 days

Labeling expiration-dated products

Expiration-dated products must follow these labeling requirements.

  • All ingestible products (including animal products) must be clearly labeled with an expiration date or manufacturing date. Lot numbers alone are insufficient. Exceptions to consumable products are listed below. Lot numbers alone are insufficient.
  • All baby food and baby formula products must have a clearly labeled expiration date.
  • Clearly label the expiration date on all baby food and baby formula products.
  • Any manufacturing date on the product must be labeled clearly as a manufacturing date. A manufacturing date is the equivalent of a production date.
  • Acceptable date formats are: DD/MM/YYYY and MM/YYYY.
  • Numeric date formats are preferred. However, dates with an alphabetical abbreviation for the month (for example, DD-JAN-YYYY) are also acceptable.
  • All case packs, multi-packs, and display boxes must have the expiration date on the box or bundle, as well as on each individual item inside the box or bundle.
  • Do not cover up the original expiration date or other information on the product packaging (such as ingredients, drug facts, net contents, or distributor information).

Product exceptions

The following products are not madated to include an expiration date on the physical product.

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables, including potatoes, which have not been peeled, cut, or similarly treated. Does not apply to sprouting seeds and similar products such as legume sprouts
  • Wines, liqueur wines, sparkling wines, aromatized wines, and similar products obtained from fruit other than grapes, and beverages falling within CN code 2206 00 obtained from grapes or grape musts
  • Beverages containing 10% or more by volume of alcohol
  • Bakers’ or pastry cooks’ wares that are normally consumed within 24 hours of their manufacture
  • Vinegar
  • Cooking salt
  • Solid sugar
  • Confectionery products consisting almost entirely of flavored and/or colored sugars
  • Chewing gums and similar chewing products

Prepping expiration-dated products

Expiration-dated products must be fully enclosed and sealed in packaging suitable for shipping. Expiration-dated products that require additional prep, such as poly-bagging or bubble wrap, must have labels with expiration dates applied to the outside of the product prep or packaging.

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