For the first time in its history, Amazon will be charging sellers a 5% surcharge to account for fuel and inflation.
The e-commerce platform reported that the fee will start to be applied as of April 28 due to the ever-increasing inflation. In a recent memo, Amazon wrote that “In 2022, we expected a return to normalcy as Covid-19 restrictions around the world eased, but fuel and inflation have presented further challenges,” going on to say that “It is unclear if these inflationary costs will go up or down, or for how long they will persist.”
The surcharge will apply to rates paid by sellers opting for Amazon’s fulfillment services such as storing, packing and shipping. Those who do not make use of Fulfillment by Amazon will not be affected by such costs.
The surcharge is the latest example of businesses’ reaction to spiking costs of energy and fuel. Even locally, employers are concerned about how much further they can absorb costs before passing them on to consumers, resulting in higher costs.