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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.

Dangerous goods regulations

Dangerous goods are regulated in the Middle East by the following:

Depending upon your location, other dangerous goods regulations may apply, such as:

Dangerous goods and your responsibilities as a seller

All dangerous goods sent to Amazon must comply with all applicable regulations to ensure safe and correct transportation, storage, handling and labeling. 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 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: Some of the classes / divisions listed in the next section cannot be sold through FBA.

Dangerous goods allowed for sale through FBA

As a seller selling through Amazon, you must ensure that the dangerous goods that you are delivering comply with all of the regulations in force (see above). In addition, dangerous good products may be sent to Amazon fulfillment centers as long as they are:

  • Eligible for FBA
  • Packed in limited quantities (as defined in latest version of IATA)
  • 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
6 6.1 Toxic substances
8 - Corrosive substances
9 - Miscellaneous dangerous substances
Important: Lithium battery products belong to class 9 and must meet certain conditions (according to packing instructions 965 to 970 of latest IATA DGR)

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 6.2 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.

For more information about dangerous goods, see:

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