Updated August 2, 2016 – At TaxJar we are now seeing FBA sellers shipping products to customers out of the Obetz, Ohio Amazon Fulfillment Center.
Amazon recently announced that they are building two fulfillment centers near Columbus, Ohio. The fulfillment centers are just an additional part of Amazon’s already significant investment in Ohio – they’re also building three data centers and a wind farm to power them.
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: Obetz, Ohio
Warehouse Number: CMH2
Address: 6050 Gateway Court, Obetz, OH 43125-9016
Size: More than 1 million square feet
Developer: Duke Realty
What does the Obetz, Ohio 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 Obetz fulfillment center and another nearby facility, the Etna, OH fulfillment center open up, they may create sales tax nexus for FBA sellers who’s products are stored in Ohio. (You can see here what every state, including Ohio, has to say about what creates sales tax nexus.)
When the Obetz, Ohio Amazon fulfillment center opens, we recommend following these steps:
1.) Determine if you have goods stored in Ohio – 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 Ohio.
If you do have products stored in Ohio, 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 Ohio Sales Tax Permit.
3.) Find out more – Check out our Ohio Sales Tax Guide for Businesses for more about what you need to know about Ohio sales tax.
I hope this has answered your questions about what the new Ohio fulfillment centers mean for FBA sellers. While neither facility is open yet, check back here for more info as it happens!
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