AWS Snowball
User Guide

This guide is for the Snowball (50TB or 80TB of storage space). If you are looking for documentation for the Snowball Edge, see the AWS Snowball Edge Developer Guide.

Shipping Considerations for AWS Snowball

Following, you can find information about how shipping is handled for AWS Snowball, and a list that shows each AWS Region that is supported. The shipping rate you choose for a job will apply to both sending and receiving the Snowball or Snowballs used for that job. For information on shipping charges, see AWS Snowball Pricing.


When you create a job, you specify a shipping address and shipping speed. This shipping speed doesn’t indicate how soon you can expect to receive the Snowball from the day you created the job. It only shows the time that the appliance is in transit between AWS and your shipping address. That time doesn’t include any time for processing, which depends on factors including job type (exports take longer than imports, typically) and job size (80 TB models take longer than 50 TB models, typically). Also, carriers generally only pick up outgoing Snowballs once a day. Thus, processing before shipping can take a day or more.