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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, pressurized, corrosive, or otherwise harmful substances. 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 pre-defined 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. See Required dangerous goods information and documentation for more details.

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

Watch the following videos in Seller University to learn more about dangerous goods:

Introduction to Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods Awareness

Use the Look up an ASIN tool to check the classification status of your FBA ASIN.

Dangerous goods and your responsibilities as a seller

All dangerous goods sent to Amazon must comply with all applicable regulations mentioned above to ensure that they are transported, stored, handled, and labeled safely and correctly. Failure to comply exposes employees, carriers, and customers to potential health and safety risks.

In order to sell dangerous goods through Fulfillment 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 fulfillment center 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. Please note that some of the classes or divisions listed below cannot be sold through FBA.

Dangerous goods allowed for sale through FBA

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). You may sell the following dangerous goods through FBA:

Class Division Name Label UN ID Product description Examples
8 - Corrosive UN2800 Non-spillable batteries Car batteries
9 - Miscellaneous dangerous substances

UN3480 UN3481 UN3090 UN3091 Lithium batteries Power banks, cameras, mobile phones, battery chargers

UN2807 Magnetized material Speakers less than 30 cm in diameter, big magnets
Important: Lithium battery products must meet certain conditions (according to packing instructions 965 to 970 of latest IATA DGR)

Amazon also offers a program, the FBA Dangerous Goods (Hazmat) Program, through which participating sellers can sell additional types of dangerous goods. To enroll in the program, use the Look up an ASIN tool displayed at the top of this page and select Dangerous Goods FAQ.

After you have been approved by Amazon to participate in the FBA Dangerous Goods (Hazmat) Program, you may send additional dangerous goods in compliance with the program’s terms and conditions. Eligible products may be sent to Amazon fulfillment centers as long as they are:

  • Eligible for FBA
  • Packed in limited quantities (as defined in the latest version of ADR, 3.2.1, 3.4)
  • For UN3171: Meet the requirements of special provision 240 (as defined in the latest version of ADR, 3.3)
  • In New condition only

Also note that some classes, even in limited quantities, will systematically be rejected by Amazon.

The following classes are approved for FBA in limited quantities only:

Class Division Name Transport label Hazard pictogram
2 2.1 Flammable gases
2.2 Non-flammable, non-toxic gases
3 - Flammable liquids
4 4.1 Flammable solids
5 5.1 Oxidizers
5.2 Organic peroxides
8 - Corrosive substances
9 - Miscellaneous dangerous substances
Note: To sell hoverboards (UN3171) through FBA, you must apply for selling privileges in addition to being approved for the FBA Dangerous Good (Hazmat) Program. For more information, see Hoverboards.

The following classes are prohibited from FBA:

Class Division Name Transport label Hazard pictogram
1 - Explosive substances
2 2.3 Toxic gas
4 4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
4.3 Substances dangerous when wet

6 6.1 Toxic substances
6.2 Infectious substances
7 - Radioactive material
Important: The above transport labels are for your information only. Do not use these labels.

For shipments of limited quantities of dangerous goods to Amazon fulfillment centers, the only accepted transport label is:

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 magnetized material, for example). The absence of any labels or warnings does not mean they are not dangerous goods.

If you think 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, please read FBA dangerous goods review process.

To learn more about the dangerous goods documentation you must provide for your products, please read Required dangerous goods information and documentation.

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