What is Fulfilment Network Expansion (Central Europe Programme)?
Amazon today operates more than 30 fulfilment centres across Europe to provide an excellent delivery experience with Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) for your customers. To maintain and further improve efficiency and delivery speed it is important that German FBA inventory can be spread across Amazon's fulfilment centre network in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.
You can now use Amazon's entire fulfilment network in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic by participating in the Central Europe Programme (CEP) to store your Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) and Small and Light inventory that would otherwise only be placed in Germany.
This is how Central Europe Programme works in practice
“The fulfilment of our orders from Poland and Czech Republic work as smoothly and fast as before when we only used German fulfilment centres. At the same time, we save more than 1000€ per month, so this change has only been an improvement for us so far.“ Jörg Schnakenberg, CEO, EtikettenPlus
What are the benefits?
Benefit from the 0.50€ lower Fulfilment Fee per FBA unit and 0.30€ of Fulfillment Fee per Small and Light shipped from your German FBA inventory (stored in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic)
Use three additional fulfilment centres with state-of-the-art technologies and 24/7 operations
Increased delivery speed to growing customer base to Southern and Eastern Germany as well as eastern Europe through strategically located fulfilment centres in Poland and Czech Republic
Increased shipment efficiency by inbounding to only one fulfilment centre per shipment
Monthly FBA Units shipped with CEP
Annual Fulfilment fee savings
Example additional Fulfilment by Amazon Small and Light Fee (0.30 € per unit)
Monthly Small and Light Units shipped with CEP
Annual Fulfilment fee savings
For Small and Light policies and processes please find more information here.
How does it work?
Create your shipment as usual in Seller Central
You benefit from the lower fulfillment fees for all units, no matter if they are fulfilled from Germany, Poland or Czech Republic
Select your shipment method: You can either inbound your inventory yourself or use the Amazon Partnered Carrier Program (PCP)
Amazon distributes your inventory in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic
Our receiving processes, prepping services and policies are the same in German, Polish and Czech fulfillment centres
Customer orders are shipped according to the Prime delivery promise. We offer the same customer experience for shipments from Germany, Poland and Czech Republic
Fulfillment processes and costs for lost and damaged inventory, removals and customer returns are the same for German, Polish and Czech fulfillment centres
Who can participate in the Central Europe Programme (CEP)?
All sellers can participate and benefit from the lower fulfilment fee. Amazon charges no extra costs for the participation in the Central Europe Programme (CEP). Some product categories are not eligible to be fulfilled from Poland or Czech Republic and are thus excluded from fulfilment through the CEP network. This however, does not impact the eligibility to participate in the programme. As you continue to inbound your inventory to a German location, there are no additional inbound costs for you.
Storing inventory in Poland and Czech Republic will trigger VAT obligations for your business and may trigger other reporting requirements, such as Intrastat. These or any other additional costs are not covered in above cost overview. With VAT Services on Amazon, you get tax services including VAT registration, filing and submission in Seller Central at special rates. However, you can also continue to work with your own tax advisor. For more information on the tax advisory services and VAT related questions please see the useful links below.
Fulfilment Network Expansion (Central Europe Programme)
During check-out of your shipment, Seller Central will show you depending on ASIN eligibility which ASINs to send to a CEP transload center for storage in Poland or Czech Republic or a German fulfilment centre.*