What is an Amazon Reference ID?
It is a unique number used by Amazon to identify and sort Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) shipments when they arrive at the warehouse.
So, if you’re shipping your goods to one of Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers (FBA), you will need a Reference ID.
The Amazon Reference ID is formatted as a string of alphanumeric characters (letters + numbers).
Where can you find your Reference ID?
After you create a shipment on the Amazon Seller Central portal, it’s a simple 3 step process:
Step 1 - Go to Replenish Inventory
Step 2 - Click on “Work on Shipment” at the bottom to find your Reference ID
Step 3: For each “Work on Shipment”, you will have a Amazon Reference ID and FBA ID, as highlighted below
When will you need to use the Reference ID?
Amazon warehouses use this ID to identify and book delivery slots at your desired fulfillment center.
Can you find the Reference ID on Amazon shipping labels?
No . The shipping labels only show the FBA ID.
Here is an example of an FBA shipping label:
What other information do you need to provide your forwarder when shipping to Amazon FBA?
You will need to provide your freight forwarder with the following:
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