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Amazon MWS API end of life – Switch to Amazon SP API Now!

Amazon has released a detailed announcement with several depreciation deadlines for different cases. This blog piece will further make it more affable for sellers to understand the effect of this announcement. Also, to figure out how they can adapt to it and avoid any discontinuity to their current selling campaign by migrating to the latest SP API.


So without further ado, let’s begin with a few basic questions that must be squirming through your minds.


What is Amazon SP API?

In the words of Amazon, the Selling Partner API is a REST-based API. It further helps Amazon selling partners programmatically access their data on listings, orders, payments, reports, and more.


What Difference will SP-API make?

Compared to the previous API applications, using the Selling Partner API will:

  • Increase selling efficiency,
  • Reduce labor requirements,
  • Improve response time to customers,
  • Gives more chances for selling partners to grow their businesses.

Why is it important to migrate from Amazon MWS API to the new SP API?

  • All future development will only be available for the Selling Partner API.
  • In the coming months, the functionalities will be revoked one by one, and soon the API call process will come to a halt.


How does the MWS API depreciation affect sellers?

There are 2 simple cases for sellers selling on Amazon:

  • Sellers Using a Third Party Developer account or public developer account for selling on Amazon
  • Sellers Using their own Amazon Developer Account for selling on Amazon

Now let’s understand both cases in detail


CASE 01: For Seller Using a Third Party Developer Account

For sellers who have not migrated to SP-API and using a third-party seller account will face the following issues:

  • Post July 31, 2022, sellers will be unable to successfully call Amazon MWS Orders, Reports, and Merchant Fulfillment (MFN) sections in Amazon MWS.
  • Post September 30, 2022, sellers will be unable to successfully call the MWS Products section
  • On September 30, 2022, The Selling Partner API for Catalog Items v0 operations will also be deprecated
  • Post December 31, 2022, sellers will be unable to successfully call any of the remaining sections in Amazon MWS, including:
  • Feeds API
  • Finances API
  • Fulfillment Inbound Shipment API
  • Fulfillment Inventory API
  • Fulfillment Outbound Shipment API
  • Recommendations API
  • Sellers API
  • Subscriptions API
  • Push Notifications Schemas
  • From July 31, 2023, all sellers must use the new Restricted Data Token (RDT) via the Tokens API to make a successful API call for some operations.

NOTE: The bottom line of the above 5 deadlines is that for sellers using a third-party Amazon seller account and have not migrated to the new SP API will start facing the restrictions from July 2022, and by the end of 2022, the entire process will get to a halt.


What will happen to sellers using 3rd party Integrations like Amazon Magento Integration by CedCommerce?

  • CedCommerce has launched its new version of Amazon Magento Integration, which is totally compatible with the latest SP API
  • Sellers need to upgrade the Integration by booking a slot for Migration Session.
  • Once the slot is booked, one of the members from the Amazon development team will be assigned to you, who will successfully migrate the store.
  • The customization available in your previous store will be recreated in the new one as well
  • This Migration is chargeable and will vary based on the number of customization you need to keep in your new store.

Case 02: For Seller Using their own Developer Account

The sellers who have a self-authorized & private application are given a bit of relaxation in terms of strict deadlines for migration.

For sellers who have not migrated to SP-API:

  • Post July 31, 2023, sellers will be unable to successfully call Amazon MWS Orders, Reports, Merchant Fulfillment (MFN), and Products sections.
  • Post July 31, 2023, all sellers must use the new Restricted Data Token (RDT) via the Tokens API to make a successful API call for some operations.
  • Post December 31, 2023, sellers will be unable to call any of the remaining sections in Amazon MWS successfully, including:
  • Feeds API
  • Finances API
  • Fulfillment Inbound Shipment API
  • Fulfillment Inventory API
  • Fulfillment Outbound Shipment API
  • Recommendations API
  • Sellers API
  • Subscriptions API
  • Push Notifications Schemas

NOTE: It is advisable for sellers to directly confirm with Amazon regarding the type of Developer account they are currently using. In case the account is private, sellers need not hurry until the next year (2023). But in the case of a third-party developer account, they are required to take action before the end of July this year (2022) for uninterrupted selling.

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