After announcing it back in 2014, Amazon is now hiring for it’s new Kent, Washington Amazon fulfillment center. This will be Amazon’s second facility in Kent, and is across the street from the Kent sort center. This facility will support Amazon’s Prime Now same day delivery.
What do we know about the new fulfillment centers and what do they mean for Amazon FBA sellers? Let’s have a look:
Quick Facts About the Amazon Fulfillment Center: Kent, Washington
Warehouse Number: TBD
Address: 59th Place South and South 212th Street, Kent, WA
Size: 800,000 square feet
Developer: Sierra Construction Company
The Kent, Washington Amazon fulfillment center will reportedly employ 1,200 people and handle small consumer items like books, electronics and toys.
What does the Kent, Washington Fulfillment Center Mean for Amazon FBA Sellers?
Storing inventory in a fulfillment center in a state almost always creates sales tax nexus for FBA sellers. When the Washington fulfillment center opens up, it may create sales tax nexus for FBA sellers whose products are stored in the state. (You can see here what every state, including Washington, has to say about what creates sales tax nexus.)
Washington was already home to several fulfillment centers, so as an FBA seller, you may already be collecting and remitting sales tax to the state of Washington.
When the Kent, Washington Amazon fulfillment center opens, we recommend following these steps:
1.) Determine if you have goods stored in Washington – You can do this by running your Inventory Event Detail Report in Amazon Seller Central or by logging into your TaxJar account and looking for the brown Amazon badge next to the state of Washington.
If you do have products stored in Washington, and you determine that that creates sales tax nexus for you company, your next step is to:
2.) Register with the state – Here’s what you need to know to register for an Washington Sales Tax Permit.
3.) Set up sales tax collection on Amazon and your other channels – Make sure you are collecting sales tax from your Washington buyers. Here’s a quick video guide to setting up your Amazon sales tax settings:
4.) Find out more – Check out our Washington Sales Tax Guide for Businesses for more about what you need to know about Washington sales tax.
I hope this has answered your questions about what the new Washington fulfillment centers mean for FBA sellers. While neither facility is open yet, check back here for more info as it happens!
Amazon begins hiring for 1,200 jobs at Kent warehouse (Seattle Times)
Amazon plans warehouse in Kent (Seattle Times)
Amazon’s new Kent fulfillment center to bring same-day delivery to Seattle (Puget Sound Business Journal)