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As predicted, Amazon ditches Payment Providers to push sellers into Currency Converter

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When opening a Seller Account across the world’s Amazon marketplaces, among the first details to provide is a deposit method for disbursements. Payments for any processed customer orders will start collecting in your “Payments Dashboard” and it will be necessary for you to insert a valid bank account in one of the approved countries in order to be paid.

Of course, Amazon will carefully verify the ownership of your deposit method by asking you to upload a bank account statement which meets certain conditions and the owner’s address matches your details entered in the Seller Central.

Many sellers, whose local bank accounts and currencies aren’t accepted on Amazon are resorting to Payment Providers – professional companies such as Payoneer, TransferWise or Hyperwallet, who can arrange them a virtual bank account along with a credit card. Others, even when their bank accounts are fine with Amazon are concerned by the losses incurred by currency conversion and still opt for virtual bank accounts.

The major problem with virtual bank accounts has always been Amazon’s trust issue and common rejection of Seller Identity Verification attempts by merchants with documents provided by these services, including bank account or credit card statements.

This is because literally anyone can easily apply for a virtual bank account through the internet, without the usual screening process of verifying identity which regular banking institutions conduct. Previously suspended fraudulent sellers can take advantage and avoid being caught.

I discussed this topic in detail in my recent Seller Identity Verification video, which you can view here:

A few months ago, Amazon announced lowering of their Currency Converter Fees to 1.5%, which already hinted their upcoming actions, about which I informed you in my October’s article.

Then, the company started even more aggressively pushing international sellers into the Currency Converter by sending them spammy e-mails.

Finally, on 1.February 2021 Amazon announced that they are cracking down on Payments Providers by introducing a “Payment Provider Policy”, which means that only Amazon-approved online bank account services will be available for use in the Seller Central.

Among the currently approved services is Payoneer, WorldFirst and PingPong.

The company stated that this move was motivated by them trying to curb the amount of bad actors – which are normally sellers who fail to pass the Seller Identity Verification due to geographical mismatch triggered by the use of unverifiable online service providers.

Here is a screenshot of the announcement in the Amazon Seller Central dated 1.February 2021:

Here is a copy of the announcement in English:

New Payment Service Provider policy

As part of our continued effort to make Amazon the safest and most trusted store in the world for customers and sellers, we are launching the Payment Service Provider program to enhance our ability to detect, prevent, and take actions against potential bad actors so we can continue to protect customers and sellers from fraud and abuse. Sellers that choose to use a payment service provider (PSP) to receive their Amazon store sales proceeds will be required to use a PSP that is participating in this program. We are notifying you now so that you have sufficient time to change or contact your PSP if needed. 
1. Do I need to take any action? 
If you do not use a PSP, but instead are using a bank account directly issued to you by a bank, no action is required.
If you use a PSP that is already signed up to participate in the program (including LianLian Pay, Payoneer, PingPong and WorldFirst), no action is necessary. We are working diligently to enroll additional PSPs into the program as soon as possible, and will continue to update this page this page with participating PSPs.
If your PSP is not yet participating, we recommend you contact them to learn about their plan to enroll in our Payment Service Provider program. If they do not plan to enroll, you should switch to a participating PSP or use a bank account directly issued to you by a bank by May 31, 2021. Detailed instructions on how to make the changes are available here.
Beginning on March 1, 2021, sellers adding a new bank account from a PSP must use a PSP that is participating in the program.
2. What if I continue using a non-participating PSP after May 31, 2021? 
Sellers who continue using a bank account from a non-participating PSP after May 31, 2021 will be subject to a longer disbursement reserve period of up to 21 days after the latest estimated delivery date (click here for more detail on payments based on delivery date). 
Beginning on July 15, 2021, we will stop disbursement to sellers using non-participating PSPs altogether.
3. What should I do if I am using Amazon Currency Converter for Sellers (ACCS)? 
If you are using ACCS and are disbursing your Amazon store proceeds to a bank account directly issued to you by a bank or by a participating PSP, no action is necessary. If you are using ACCS to disburse to a bank account issued by a non-participating PSP, refer to Question #1 above to determine whether you need to take action accordingly.

And interestingly, several hours Amazon also e-mailed sellers with a notice regarding this change – signed as “Amazon.com Services LLC”, which is a different company than the “Amazon.com Inc.” which normally interacts with sellers:

WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY USING A PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER?

Update your Seller Account with a local bank account and start using Amazon’s Currency Converter – which is the safest option for your business and satisfactory resolution for Amazon.

Here is the list of currently accepted Payment Service Providers, which can change anytime, so my recommendation would be to just try to comply with Amazon’s policy:

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Don’t forget to upload a new certificate of Business Liability Insurance

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Over a year passed since Amazon started requiring its sellers to obtain business liability insurance, if their sales exceed $10000 in monthly sales turnover. Most sellers were able to obtain the required insurance, thanks to my helpful guide found on this link. All you need to do is subscribe to my OnlyFans page for $24.99 and this will enable you to obtain insurance accepted by Amazon, regardless of your business entity and country, where you are based.

However, please note that regardless where your business liability insurance policy was purchased, all insurance policies are expiring after a year and you will need to renew them and re-upload into the Amazon Seller Central, otherwise you will be treated in the same manner as those, who don’t have any insurance details on file.

Here is a copy of e-mail from Amazon requested update business liability insurance information following expiry:

Action required: New certificate of insurance coverage

Hello,

Thank you for maintaining commercial liability insurance for the products that you sell on Amazon.  According to our records, your policy has or is about to expire.  Please upload a new certificate of insurance within 30 days of receiving this email.

Why did I receive this message?

Your commercial liability insurance has expired or will expire in the next 30 days. Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement requires that once your gross proceeds exceed $10,000 in a month, or as otherwise requested by Amazon, you maintain current commercial insurance coverage and submit a proof within 30 days of receiving a verification request.           

How can I get a proof of liability insurance? 

You can contact your insurance provider to issue a Certificate of Insurance (COI) for the current year. You can also use this opportunity to shop around to ensure you have comprehensive coverage at a great rate. To secure easy and affordable liability insurance, Amazon has worked with an insurance broker to create Amazon Insurance Accelerator, a network of insurance providers who will evaluate and, if appropriate, offer liability insurance at competitive rates to qualifying selling partners. To learn more about Amazon Insurance Accelerator and contact the providers, go to Business Insurance: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/mario/v2/az/flow/BusinessInsurance/page/InsuranceEstablishment/global/render. 

What do I do next?

Upload your current COI as proof of liability insurance coverage on the Business Insurance page: 
https://sellercentral.amazon.com/mario/v2/az/flow/BusinessInsurance/page/InsuranceEstablishment/global/render?view=up

The COI is issued by your insurance company and details on what is covered, the amount of coverage, and any exclusions or deductibles. COI can be uploaded in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format. You can also access the upload page by doing the following:

1) On Seller Central, go to “Settings” and select “Account Info”. 
2) Under the “Business Information” widget, select “Business Insurance”.

What are the insurance requirements? 

For more information about the policy requirements, see Insurance requirements: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/G200386300

We’re here to help. If you have additional questions, contact us: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/help/hub/support. 

To view your account performance, go to Account Health: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/performance/dashboard?reftag=ah_em_inv

The Amazon Services team

Additionally, here is a copy of the original business liability insurance requirement e-mail:

Action Required: Provide proof of liability insurance coverage

Hello,
We are writing to remind you to provide proof of liability insurance for the products you sell through Amazon.com Please provide this information within 30 days of receiving this email.

Why did I receive this message?
You are required to provide proof of liability insurance, and our records show you have not done so.  As of September 1, 2021, Section 9 of the Business Solutions Agreement (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/G1791) requires you to obtain and maintain at least $1 million of commercial general, umbrella, or excess liability insurance, within 30 days after exceeding $10,000 in gross proceeds in sales in one month on Amazon.com or if otherwise requested by Amazon.

What do I do next?
Please upload your Certificate of Insurance (COI) as proof of liability insurance coverage within 30 days of receiving this email.  The COI is issued by your insurance company and details what is covered, the amount of coverage, and any exclusions or deductibles. 

Where do I submit my proof of liability insurance?
Upload your COI on the Business Insurance page (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/mario/v2/az/flow/BusinessInsurance/page/InsuranceEstablishment/global/render?view=up) in Seller Central account settings. The document can be uploaded in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.

What are the insurance requirements? 
Your commercial liability insurance policy must meet all of the following criteria:

1. The policy limit must be at least $1 million per occurrence and in aggregate, and cover liabilities caused by or occurring in conjunction with your business operations, including products, products/completed operations and bodily injury; 
2. The insurance policy type can be either commercial general, umbrella, or excess liability and be occurrence based;
3. Your insurance provider must have global claim handling capability and a financial rating of S&P (https://www.spglobal.com/ratings/en/sector/insurance/insurance-sector) A- and/or AM Best (https://www.ambest.com/home/default.aspx)  A- or better (if S&P or AM best is not valid or used in the country where you are required to obtain insurance, a local equivalent is allowed);
4. Your insurance provider must give Amazon at least 30 days’ notice of cancellation, modification or nonrenewal;
5. The policy must name “Amazon.com Services LLC and its affiliates and assignees” as additional insureds;
6. The deductible for any policy(ies) must not be greater than $10,000 and any deductible amount must be listed on the certificate(s) of insurance;
7. The policy must cover all sales from products you have listed on the Amazon website;
8. Your insured name must match the “legal entity” name you provided to Amazon (view your legal entity name) (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/sw/AccountInfo/LegalEntity/step/LegalEntity);
9. The policy must be completed in its entirety and signed; and
10. The policy must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of submission.

How can I obtain liability insurance? 
You can choose any insurance provider that meets our requirements above. To help you easily and affordably secure liability insurance, Amazon has worked with an insurance broker to create Amazon Insurance Accelerator, a network of insurance providers who will evaluate and, if appropriate, offer liability insurance at competitive rates to qualifying selling partners. You can learn more about Amazon Insurance Accelerator and contact the providers here (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/mario/v2/az/flow/BusinessInsurance).

We’re here to help
For additional information, please go to our Help page (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/200386300). If you have additional questions, please contact us using this link (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/help/hub/support).

You can view your account performance at https://sellercentral.amazon.com/performance/dashboard?reftag=ah_em_inv or by selecting Account Health on the home screen of the Amazon Seller app on your iOS or Android device. The Account Health page shows how well your account is performing against the performance metrics and policies required to sell on Amazon.


The Amazon Services team

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Watch out as Amazon will be automatically adjusting shipping time estimates!

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Recently, Amazon sent their third party sellers doing business on European marketplaces an e-mail titled “Improve your transit time”, which looks just like many of the generic promotional communications, which they are regularly sending.

However, the e-mails state that Amazon somehow detected the seller’s delivery times to be much shorter than their currently set shipping estimates and therefore, the estimates will be automatically adjusted throughout October 2022 to offer customers faster delivery promise. This will all happen without the affected seller’s knowledge or consent and affect domestic standard shipping times.

There is no option how you can proactively opt out and the only thing you can do is manually setting the shipping times back to their original timeframes, once you already discover them being changed.

Here is a screenshot of the e-mail regarding the matter from Amazon:

Here is a copy of the wording:

Improve your transit time

This is an important notification, which requires your attention.
 
Dear Seller,
 
We identified that more than 90% of your orders in the last three months have arrived before your promised delivery dates because your promised transit time is slower than your carriers delivery performance.
 
What does this mean for you?
Your performance indicates that setting a faster transit time could benefit you and the customer by showing a more accurate promised delivery date. In October, we will update your standard transit times ranges in shipping templates to values that are closer to your actual delivery times. As an example, if your transit time is set to 14-21 days and your preferred carrier is delivering within 10-12 days, we will update the transit time to 10-14 days.

No action is required from your side at the moment unless you want to further re-adjust the transit times. We will only adjust Standard Domestic Transit times in shipping templates. Your premium ship options, international and expedited templates will remain unchanged.
What are the advantages of adjusting to faster & more accurate transit time?
Faster transit times mean earlier delivery promise for your offers and customers are generally more likely to purchase products that have a faster delivery promise.

You can, at any time, update or change transit times in the shipping settings if you are unable to offer set transit times to the customers.

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Amazon postpones the deadline for removal of non-compliant listings under Controlled Drugs Policy

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Recently, Amazon announced that they will be starting to enforce their policy affecting over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and/or natural health products (NHP). However, they now e-mailed sellers with a correction, stating that the previously mentioned deadline of 30.September 2022 is being extended to 24.October 2022.

Amazon policy states that all drugs listed in scheduled substances, drugs paraphernalia, and any other drugs and NHPs listed in the “Controlled Drugs and Substances Act” cannot be sold on their platform.

Here you can view a copy of the e-mail regarding the matter:

Important information about over-the-counter drug and natural health product listings on Amazon.ca

Hello,

We are contacting you because you are selling or have sold over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and/or natural health products (NHP) on Amazon.ca. For more information on our policy on these products, go to “Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia & Dietary Supplements”: https://sellercentral.amazon.ca/help/hub/reference/external/200164490

You may have previously received emails informing non-compliant ASINs will be removed from our store starting September 30, 2022. As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible seller and customer experience, we have extended this deadline. Non-compliant ASINs will now be removed from the http://amazon.ca/ store starting October 24, 2022. We will resume sending updated list of identified ASINs from the first week of October 2022.

Why is this happening?

Drugs and natural health products are regulated by Health Canada. Health Canada regulates who can distribute scheduled substances, narcotics, and paraphernalia.  Amazon policy states that all drugs listed in scheduled substances, drugs paraphernalia, and any other drugs and NHPs listed in the “Controlled Drugs and Substances Act”: https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-38.8/ are not to be sold on Amazon.ca. 

For more information, go to “Drug Scheduling in Canada – General Overview”: https://www.napra.ca/drug-scheduling-canada-general-overview, provided by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.

If you believe your listings were incorrectly identified or have already been restricted, write to rpsa-sim@amazon.com with a list of affected ASINs. 

The Amazon Restricted Products team

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