Amazon Pays $91,000 Civil Penalty to FAA for Improper Shipping

Amazon employees improperly shipped a package containing flammable liquid adhesive by air

Amazon Pays $91,000 Civil Penalty to FAA for Improper Shipping
April 2, 2014

Amazon.com, Inc. has paid in full a $91,000 civil penalty that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed against the company in February 2014 for violating Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

flammable liquid

On September 16, 2013, Amazon employees improperly shipped a package containing flammable liquid adhesive by air on Federal Express (FedEx) from Whitestown, Indiana to Boulder, Colorado. FedEx employees in Boulder discovered that a gallon container of the adhesive was leaking.

violation of DOT regulations

The liquid adhesive in question is classified as a hazardous material (HazMat) under Department of Transportation regulations.

Amazon offered the shipment without the requisite shipping papers or emergency response information, and did not mark, label, or properly package the shipment.

Amazon also failed to properly train its employees in preparing HazMat packages for shipment by air.