Register to Sell on Amazon North America from Around the World

Apr 06, 2021

Countries accepted for seller registration

Find below the list of countries currently accepted to register for selling on Amazon.

Note: To be eligible to sell on Amazon, you need to be resident in one of the following countries, have a valid phone number, and have an internationally chargeable credit card.

Albania

Finland

Netherlands

Algeria

France

New Zealand

Angola

Gabon

Niger

Argentina

Georgia

Norway

Armenia

Germany

Oman

Australia

Greece

Panama

Austria

Guinea

Paraguay

Azerbaijan

Haiti

Peru

Bangladesh

Honduras

Philippines

Belarus

Hong Kong

Poland

Belgium

Hungary

Portugal

Benin

Iceland

Romania

Bolivia

India

Russia

Botswana

Indonesia

Senegal

Brazil

Ireland

Serbia

Brunei

Israel

Singapore

Bulgaria

Italy

Slovakia

Burkina Faso

Ivory Coast

Slovenia

Cambodia

Japan

South Korea

Cameroon

Jordan

Spain

Canada

Kenya

Sri Lanka

Chad

Latvia

Sweden

Chile

Liechtenstein

Switzerland

China

Lithuania

Taiwan

Colombia

Luxembourg

Thailand

Costa Rica

Macedonia

Togo

Croatia

Madagascar

Trinidad & Tobago

Cyprus

Malaysia

Turkey

Czech Republic

Mali

Uganda

Denmark

Mauritius

Ukraine

Dominican Republic

Mexico

United Kingdom

Egypt

Morocco

United States

El Salvador

Mozambique

Vietnam

Equatorial Guinea

Namibia

 

Estonia

Nepal

 

Frequently asked questions

I am from one of the countries listed above, but I am blocked on Phone Verification Process, why?

You can check the following to complete the verification of your phone number:

  1. Check whether the number you entered is in the correct format. To know the correct format, see the answer to this question What is the correct format to verify the phone number? below.

  2. If you have already verified your number, no further verification is required and no further verification request will be successful. You can proceed with the registration process.

  3. Try to verify your phone number using the SMS verification, which may include your country.

If you are still unable to complete the phone number verification process, we suggest you use a different phone number, preferably of a different service provider. If that still does not work, use the Get support link at the bottom of your Seller Central home page.

I am from one of the countries listed above, but I cannot contact Amazon support by phone, why?

Amazon phone support is not available in the following countries. If you are from one of the countries below, only email and chat support is available.

Albania

El Salvador

Morocco

Algeria

Estonia

Mozambique

Argentina

Gabon

Namibia

Armenia

Greece

Niger

Azerbaijan

Guinea

Oman

Bangladesh

Haiti

Philippines

Belarus

Honduras

Senegal

Benin

Indonesia

Serbia

Bolivia

Ivory Coast

Slovenia

Botswana

Kenya

Togo

Brunei

Latvia

Trinidad & Tobago

Bulgaria

Liechtenstein

Uganda

Burkina Faso

Lithuania

Ukraine

Chad

Macedonia

Vietnam

Croatia

Madagascar

 

Egypt

Mali

 

What is the correct format of the phone number?

The numbers must be prefixed with the country code. Following is the correct format with examples of numbers for the U.S.

  • +<country code><space><number><extension> +1 23456781224557899, +1 2345678x6789

  • +<country code><hyphen><number><extension> +1-12245578992345678, +1-12245578992345678x6789

  • +<country code><number><extension> +112245578992345678, +112245578992345678x6789

Note: '+' is mandatory followed by the country code.

Following are the examples of numbers, outside the U.S.

  • Example for Indian mobile number: +91 3345987345

  • Example for German mobile number: +49 1298279287

I am a resident in one of the countries listed above, I have a valid phone number and I have an internationally chargeable credit card, what is my next step?

You can begin with registering your seller account followed by setting up your account as mentioned in the Start selling Help page.

While registering to sell on Amazon, what documents do I need to complete the seller identity verification?

You can refer to the Registration requirements by marketplace Help page for more information.

 

Registration requirements by marketplace

Leverage Amazon tools to manage seller accounts globally and manage your listings across marketplaces. Learn more about the registration requirements by region or get more guidance here.

North America

Marketplace

North America

Registration Link

North America (US, Canada, and Mexico)

Register using Linked Accounts

Sell globally dashboard

Account Setup

You will need to provide a valid credit card, bank account, phone number, and tax information. With a North America Unified Account, you can conveniently switch in Seller Central between Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.mx seller tools to list products and manage orders in both marketplaces.

Seller Verification

You might also be required to provide additional documentation such as scanned copies of a passport, national ID, bank account statement, or credit card statement.

Countries Accepted for Registration

See list

Selling Plans Available

Professional/Individual

Bank Account

  • Your seller account must have a business address associated with it.

  • Your bank account must be located in a country supported by the Amazon Currency Converter.

  • Your bank account information must be up to date.

Tax

United States Tax and Regulatory Considerations

Canada tax and regulatory considerations

Mexico tax and regulatory considerations

Build International Listings

Yes

Marketplace Language

English, Spanish (Seller Central available in English)

  

United States Tax and Regulatory Considerations

Important: Information on this page does not constitute tax, legal, or other professional advice and must not be used as such. You should consult your professional advisers if you have any questions.

Tax identity collection & validation (Tax Interview)

If you are a U.S. tax payer, by completing the tax interview in your seller account, you will be providing Amazon the appropriate tax identity in the form of a W-9 or W-8BEN form. For U.S. taxpayers, a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is required by the IRS for the administration of tax laws. In most cases, your TIN is either an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or a Social Security Number (SSN).

If you are a foreign seller and not a U.S. taxpayer, you will still need to complete tax interview. The responses you provide to the tax interview questions will create the appropriate tax form on your behalf. IRS regulations require non-U.S. taxpayers to provide Form W-8BEN to Amazon in order to be exempt from U.S. tax reporting requirements.

Other resources

IRS Reporting Regulations on Third-Party (3P) Payment Transactions

U.S. Tax Interview FAQ

IRS Form 1099-K - Understanding transactional details FAQ

IRS Form 1099-K – Form Generation and Payee Information FAQ

Sales Tax

It is the seller’s responsibility to understand Amazon's tax policies, and their own sales tax calculation and remittance obligations. Including registering with all required states, setting up your tax calculation settings, and remitting any tax calculated on your orders to the state.

If the order is destined to a state or jurisdiction with Marketplace Tax Collection laws in effect at the time of order, sales tax will be automatically collected and managed by Amazon. For orders where tax is not automatically collected by Amazon, the sales tax obligation remains your responsibility.

If you have any questions about your obligation, you should consult with a tax professional. If you do not have a tax professional, please refer to External Tax Advisors.

Tariff and duty rates system

It is the seller's responsibility to comply with all U.S. customs laws and regulations, including applicable duty and tax requirements. Import duty and taxes are due when importing goods into the United States whether by a private individual or a commercial entity. Some goods are not subject to duty. U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not require an importer to have a license or permit. Other agencies may require a permit, license, or other certification, depending on what is being imported.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure all goods comply with applicable regulatory requirements.

Customs entry forms ask for your importer number. This is either your IRS business registration number, or if your business is not registered with the IRS or you do not have a business entity, your Social Security Number.

Customs brokers

Merchandise arriving in the United States by a commercial carrier must be entered by the Importer of Record (IOR). The IOR can be the owner, purchaser, his or her authorized regular employee, or by the licensed customs broker designated by the owner, purchaser, or consignee. Customs brokers are the only persons who are authorized by U.S. customs laws to act as agents for importers in customs matters, including customs clearance of imported goods. Customs brokers are private individuals or firms licensed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prepare and file the necessary customs entries, arrange for the payment of duties owed, take steps to release goods from CBP custody, and otherwise represent importers (i.e. principals) in customs matters. The fees charged for these services may vary according to the customs broker and the extent of services performed.

To obtain a customs broker, visit the Ports section of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. Select the state you will be importing into, click on the city, then find a link for Broker listing below the city information.

Non-resident importer requirements

Entry of goods into the United States may be made by a non-resident (foreign) IOR. To become a non-resident IOR, the non-resident individual, partnership, or foreign corporation must:

  • Appoint a resident agent: A non-resident (foreign) IOR must appoint a resident agent to receive documents on their behalf. Typically, non-resident IORs designate their customs brokers as their resident agent. The non-resident IOR makes this designation through a written power of attorney.

  • Procure a customs bond: Customs regulations require that the IOR file an import entry bond (also known as a continuous entry bond) guaranteed by a resident surety company. The bond serves two purposes. First, Customs can execute against the bond if the IOR fails to pay assessed duties. Second, the IOR is bound by the conditions of the bond for any liquidated damages arising out of its breach of those conditions. The conditions of the entry bond include but are not limited to: payment of duties, taxes and fees; making or completing timely entry; and keeping and producing required documents and evidence related to the importation for 5 years. Customs keeps a list of approved surety companies. Sureties usually request certain financial information to ensure that the IOR has sufficient resources to pay customs duties and charges. A customs broker may assist with finding a surety for the bond and preparing the bond documents.

  • Obtain an IOR number: An IOR must apply for an IOR identification number from U.S. Customs (this is typically the company's IRS number for US companies or a number assigned by U.S. Customs for foreign entities). Customs brokers can also assist with obtaining a number.

Intellectual property rights

You should ensure that you have all intellectual property rights (for example, patents, trade marks, or copyrights) necessary for listing your products in the United States. In particular, your products must not be counterfeits. Listing prohibited intellectual property may result in the cancellation of your listings, or the suspension or removal of your selling privileges. Sellers are responsible for ensuring that the products they offer do not infringe the intellectual property of others.

If we determine that the content of a product detail page or listing is prohibited, potentially illegal, or inappropriate, we may remove or alter it without prior notice.

Product compliance

Whether you are a domestic or international seller on Amazon, you are responsible to ensure your product is eligible to sell in the U.S. This includes delivering imported products to Amazon or a buyer directly. Review the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) site (external from Amazon) for additional information about Restricted products (downloads .pdf document from US CBP site) for import into the U.S.

 

Start selling

The first thing you need to do after registering your seller account is set up your account information, including your seller profile, payment and business information, selling plan, shipping and returns information, and your vacation status.

You should also update your Information & Policies section with information about your store, privacy policy, shipping rates and restrictions, and any custom Help pages, such as sizing charts or other product/category-specific details.

For full details, see Update your account information.

How do I set shipping rates for my products?

For BMVD (Books, Music, Video, and DVD) products, shipping rates are set by Amazon. For a table of credits, see Shipping rates for BMVD.

For non-BMVD products, your account is configured for default shipping rates. You also can set your shipping rates for most product lines by choosing an item/weight-based model or a price-banded model. For more information, see Set your shipping rates.

How do I permanently close my account?

If you choose to close your account, Amazon can't reactivate or reinstate it. For full details on ending your relationship with Amazon as a seller, see Close your seller account.

You can always choose to temporarily suspend your listings instead of permanently closing your seller account. For more info, see Listings status for vacations, holidays, and other absences.

How do I contact Seller Support?

When you have a question or a technical issue, we encourage you to use our online Help topics and tools to find your answers. You cannot call Seller Support directly, but using Contact us you can request an email or phone response.

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The above information was taken from 3 different Seller Central help file docs.  For more information, consult Seller.amazon.com or Amazon Seller Central, or reach out to [email protected]!

 

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