The e-commerce giant said the new fee will start on April 28 and is imposed because inflation has worsened significantly in recent months.
“In 2022, we expected a return to normalcy as COVID-19 restrictions ease around the world, but fuel and inflation have presented more challenges,” Amazon wrote in a memo the company provided to CNN. “It is not clear whether these inflationary costs will go up or down, or how long they will persist.”
Amazon’s fee increases for sellers could translate into higher costs for consumers, as companies seek to pass on rising expenses to their customers.
Amazon said in its memo that the company has tried to minimize the impact of inflation.
“Like many, we have experienced significant cost increases and absorbed them, where possible, to reduce the impact on our selling partners,” Amazon said. “When we raised rates, we focused on addressing ongoing costs and making sure our rates were competitive with those charged by other service providers.”