FAA Proposes $78,000 Penalty Against Amazon for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

Amazon allegedly offered FedEx an undeclared shipment containing a flammable liquid for air transportation

FAA Proposes $78,000 Penalty Against Amazon for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations
October 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon.com, Inc. for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on August 7, 2015 Amazon offered FedEx an undeclared shipment containing a flammable liquid for air transportation from Ruskin, Florida to Algonquin, Illinois.

According to the FAA, the package held two 14-ounce bottles of ethanol-based Clubman Jeris Hair Tonic. Workers in FedEx's Cary, IL sort facility discovered that the box was leaking.

The FAA alleges that the shipment was not properly packaged, marked, and labeled as containing hazardous material.

The FAA also alleges that Amazon did not provide shipping papers indicating the amount, type, and hazardous nature of the material inside—and did not provide required emergency response information with the shipment.

Amazon has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.