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Dangerous goods identification guide (Hazmat)

Dangerous goods (also called hazardous materials or hazmat) are substances or materials that may pose a risk to health, safety, property, or the environment while storing, handling or transporting because they contain flammable, pressurised, corrosive, or otherwise harmful substances. Amazon’s dangerous goods policies become relevant to you when you are using FBA. Read below for detailed information on Amazon’s policy regarding dangerous goods and your responsibilities as a seller.

While the term “dangerous good” is often thought of as highly corrosive or toxic products, it actually also refers to consumer products used on a daily basis by millions of people (such as laptops, phones, household cleaners, or even cosmetics). It is extremely important for Amazon to gather information about products regulated as dangerous goods or that contain possibly harmful chemicals to prevent any safety incidents that could occur while handling, storing, or transporting these items.

Important: The physical and chemical properties of a unique finished product are what defines it as either dangerous goods or not dangerous goods. There is therefore no predefined classification based on a product type, and this is why we require that you provide specific dangerous goods information and documentation, even if your product is not regulated as dangerous goods. For more information, refer to Required dangerous goods information and documentation.

See also Examples of products that might be regulated as dangerous goods for a non-exhaustive list of common dangerous goods per product category.

Dangerous goods and your responsibilities as a seller

Take care before sending dangerous goods to Amazon, as many products regulated as dangerous goods cannot be fulfilled by Amazon (see ‘Dangerous Goods Allowed for Sale through FBA’ heading below). When you send permitted dangerous goods to Amazon, they must comply with all applicable regulations mentioned above to ensure that they are transported, stored, handled, and labelled safely and correctly. Failure to comply exposes employees, carriers, and customers to potential health and safety risks.

In order to sell dangerous goods through Fulfilment by Amazon, you must:

  • Keep informed about the current relevant legislation and regulations
  • Provide complete and correct information about your products
  • Provide complete, correct, and up-to-date Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and exemption sheets

Important: When you deliver inventory to Amazon, you warrant that all products comply with any legal requirements, and that the information you provide is complete, correct, and up-to-date. Providing incorrect or incomplete information may result in your products being blocked from sale, and you may be asked to take corrective actions, or you may lose your Amazon selling privileges. Products that are identified as unfulfillable dangerous goods upon receipt at the fulfilment centre may be disposed of at your expense without reimbursement to you.

Identifying dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are divided into nine classes (with several subdivisions) on the basis of the specific characteristics producing the risk. Note that some of the classes or divisions listed below cannot be sold through FBA.

Refer to the following summary table detailing all classes and their divisions:

Class Division Name Transport label Pictogram
1 - Explosive substances
2 2.1 Flammable gases
2.2 Non-flammable, non-toxic gases
2.3 Toxic gas
3 - Flammable liquids
4 4.1 Flammable solids
4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
4.3 Substances dangerous when wet
5 5.1 Oxidisers
5.2 Organic peroxides
6 6.1 Toxic substances
6.2 Infectious substances
7 - Radioactive material
8 - Corrosive substances
9 - Miscellaneous dangerous substances

Dangerous goods allowed for sale through FBA

Many dangerous goods are prohibited from being fulfilled by Amazon, however there is a limited number of dangerous goods categories that may be fulfilled by Amazon. Certain dangerous goods may be fulfilled by Amazon for all sellers, and certain dangerous goods may be fulfilled by Amazon only for sellers approved to participate in the Dangerous Goods Program (see ‘Dangerous Goods Program’ heading below). Please see the below table for further information.As a seller on Amazon, you must ensure that the dangerous goods you are delivering comply with all of the regulations in force (see above).

Class Division Name Allowed to all FBA Sellers Examples Allowed in FBA for sellers approved for the Dangerous Goods Program Examples Prohibited in FBA Examples
1 - Explosive substances All UN codes in this class Air bags, ammunition, TNT
2 2.1 Flammable gases UN3358 Refrigerant machines Other UN codes in this division Hair sprays, air fresheners, flea sprays, butane gas,
2.2 Non-flammable, non-toxic gases UN2857 Refrigerant machines Other UN codes in this division Fire extinguishers, helium gas, wine preservation sprays
UN3164 Pneumatic springs
2.3 Toxic gas All UN codes in this division Chlorine gas
3 - Flammable liquids UN1266* UN1263* UN3528 Perfumes, body oils, aftershaves, nail polish, internal combustion engines Other UN codes in this division Essential oils, inks, sanitisers
4 4.1 Flammable solids UN1323 Zippo lighters (empty) UN3175 Markers, Sharpies Other UN codes in this division Other fire-starters, matches, fuel cubes, shoe polish, car wax, ski wax
4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion All UN codes in this division
4.3 Substances dangerous when wet All UN codes in this division
5 5.1 Oxidisers UN2984* Hair Dyes Other UN codes in this division Spa/pool cleaners, tile cleaners, sneaker cleaners, skin bleach, pH testers, chlorinating tablets
5.2 Organic peroxides All UN codes in this division Acne medication, hardeners
6 6.1 Toxic substances All UN codes in this division Craft adhesives, industrial adhesives, pesticides
6.2 Infectious substances All UN codes in this division
7 - Radioactive material All UN codes in this class Smoke detectors using ionisation
8 - Corrosive substances UN2800 Non-spillable batteries, external batteries Other UN codes in this division Lead acid batteries, rust removers (with phosphoric acid), toilet bowl cleaners
9 - Miscellaneous dangerous substances UN3077 UN3082 UN3480 UN3481 UN3090 UN3091 Nicotine products plant meds, plant therapy oils, Lithium batteries, power banks, cameras, mobile phones UN2807 UN3171 UN2990 Subwoofers, e-mobility vehicles, self-inflating life-saving appliances Other UN codes in this division

*Products listed under UN IDs UN2984, UN1263, and UN1266 must be a finished personal care product, substance or preparation intended for placement in contact with any external part of the human body, including the mucous membranes of the oral cavity and the teeth, with a view to altering the odours of the body, changing its appearance, cleansing it, maintaining it in good condition, perfuming it, or protecting it as per section 3.4.12 of The ADG Code edition 7.6.

Note: The above table may not be exhaustive. We periodically expand the selection of products regulated as dangerous goods that we can fulfil. If you are still unsure whether your goods can be fulfilled by Amazon or not, you can check by trying to convert your listings to fulfilled by Amazon via Seller Central. You can also try and search for your ASIN in the Look up an ASIN tool.

Dangerous goods program

The Dangerous Goods Program allows you to fulfil a number of products that are regulated as dangerous goods (please see the above table for what kinds of products can be fulfilled if you are approved under this program). To participate in the Dangerous Goods Program, you must first sign Amazon’s Terms and Conditions and then be accepted into the program by Amazon. You can request access to Amazon’s Terms and Conditions by creating a ticket to Seller Support.

Finding additional information about products that may be regulated as dangerous goods

Any warning labels or warning phrases on a product package indicates that it might be regulated as a dangerous good. Some products that are regulated as dangerous goods do not require warning labels or phrases (cosmetics and speakers containing magnetised material, for example). The absence of any labels or warnings does not mean that they are not dangerous goods.

If you think that your product might be regulated as a dangerous good, contact the manufacturer or supplier, and ask if your product is regulated. The manufacturer is required to provide you with a complete Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for all regulated products and you must, in turn, provide it to Amazon via the Upload dangerous goods documents tool.

Once your document is uploaded, Amazon will review it and classify your product accordingly, as long as the information is complete and accurate. To learn more about the review process, refer to FBA dangerous goods review process.

To learn more about the dangerous goods documentation that you must provide for your products, refer to Required dangerous goods information and documentation.

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