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.
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 are regulated in Australia by the following:
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:
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:
|2.2||Non-flammable, non-toxic gases|
|4.2||Substances liable to spontaneous combustion|
|4.3||Substances dangerous when wet|
|9||-||Miscellaneous dangerous substances|
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|
|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.
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.
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.
For more information about dangerous goods, refer to: