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Amazon shoppers have many options to purchase their needs on the platform. You may have heard the saying “you can buy anything on Amazon!”. It is true, but sellers are not easy. Some products on Amazon are restricted (closed) and you must approve the seller in order to sell them. Amazon monitors the sale of dangerous goods, certain appliances, health and care products, etc.

 This article will discuss the sale of Hazmat products on Amazon, a category that includes many hazardous materials. Some of these items are used every day, but some have special uses. This is for you if you are a retailer looking to order Amazon Hazmat. 

 

What products are considered Hazmat products on Amazon?

“Hazmat” is an abbreviation for “Hazardous Goods” and refers to dangerous goods that can pose a risk to those around them. In online marketplaces such as Amazon, these products may present risks during storage, handling or transportation because they contain flammable, pressure, material and -contamination or other harmful substances. Here are some examples: 

Certain accessories and skin care products can also be considered dangerous, such as laptops, cosmetics, paints, and even household cleaners. 

In general, Amazon divides dangerous goods into 8 classes (which include several categories):

  1. The risks are different 
  2. The lights are on 
  3. Be non-flammable and non-toxic 
  4. Hot water 
  5. Solids burn 
  6. Organic oxidants and peroxides 
  7. A deadly thing 
  8. Hazardous Materials 

 

How do I know if a product is Hazmat or not?

It is not difficult to identify a product as dangerous. Many purchased products, such as sprays or batteries, include warnings on their packaging. Manufacturers must provide a safety data sheet or SDS, including a hazard statement. 

Check the supplier’s or manufacturer’s website and read each product’s specifications. Also, Amazon has provided a guide (Amazon Standard Identification Number or ASIN), so you can search and find out if something is Hazmat or not. 

If you believe one of your products is dangerous and you haven’t found the relevant data, ask the supplier to send you an SDS. After you get it, you need to upload it to your Amazon account (from the “Manage Dangerous Goods Configuration” section in Seller Central). Once the SDS is uploaded, Amazon will review and categorize your product.

 

What happens when a product is labeled as Hazmat? 

Let’s say you find a product of your choice, send it to SDS, and get it sorted on Amazon. Since your product is currently not publicly available, it complies with Amazon’s Hazmat policy, which means you must provide the platform with additional information about the product. 

After all, Amazon needs to make sure it doesn’t hurt anyone. For example, if you decide to sell batteries, you will need to inform the platform of the number of batteries and their composition, whether they are flammable or perishable or not, on the packaging .

Amazon will review this information, review the product description and determine if it is correct. If so, you can continue to sell it. Consumers should read the description carefully before purchasing the battery. 

 

How to sell Hazmat products safely on Amazon?

Selling Hazmat products on Amazon is not impossible, but requires approval. After sending the document to SDS on Amazon, the sale will be approved and you can start listing the product. Amazon’s rules for Hazmat products may restrict you, but they ensure that they are handled safely during handling, packaging and storage. 

Amazon has a Hazardous Materials Unit to ensure that all Hazmat products sold on the platform meet the standard. This group usually asks you to send them the name, MSDS, detailed description, photos and some ammunition. 

Within two business days (or less), Amazon will sort the product (if the information is complete). After that, you can use FBA to store and ship all Hazmat products. Remember that some items may be labeled as “potentially dangerous goods” when stored in a warehouse. In such cases, Amazon gives you 14 business days to send product support documents in order. In addition, sending incomplete or incorrect documents may result in the termination of the sale. 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Hazmat Inspections 

As we mentioned earlier, Amazon will review certain documents and information before allowing you to sell dangerous goods. The hazardous materials team helps the platform to ensure that everything sold complies with safety standards and does not harm anyone or anything. Here are some things to know about Hazmat inspections on Amazon:

 

FBA Program for Dangerous Goods 

FBA, or “Fulfillment by Amazon,” helps many sellers on the platform to organize their sales. The FBA Dangerous Goods program also helps sell dangerous goods on Amazon with even easier ordering. This program has a waiting list that you will be automatically added to if your product is reclassified at the distribution center as a dangerous good. Amazon will let you know when it’s your turn. There is also a manual way to add a waiting list. To do this, you must: 

  1. Go to Manage Dangerous Goods Configurations in Seller Central. 
  2. Choose an FBA program for dangerous goods.
  3. Click Next. 
  4. Click Add to the FBA Quickstart program.

Enrolling in the hazardous goods program allows you to sell more items (of course, following the program’s rules and regulations). The fulfillment center requires you to qualify for FBA. In addition, you must ship products in limited quantities and follow local laws regarding legal sales. 

 

FBA Storage of Hazmat Products 

According to Amazon’s Hazmat policy, when a product is deemed unsafe, it cannot be stored with other items in a regular shipping location. These materials are kept at special distribution sites designed to capture and manage harmful materials. 

FBA divides hazardous materials into two categories: fire and aerosol. Both of these items can be kept to a minimum for the safety of the users. Sellers must pay a monthly fee for FBA storage.

Alternatively, Amazon offers you the option to customize your own Hazmat product storage limit. With shipping queues or inventory performance options, you’ll also be able to monitor security. 

 

Responsibilities of Hazmat Product Vendors 

Selling dangerous goods on Amazon involves a lot of responsibility for you as a seller. Any hazardous materials supplied to Amazon must comply with all applicable laws and requirements, both Amazon’s Hazmat Policy and other regulatory requirements. These rules may differ from country to country. Here are a few in the United States: 

As a seller, you are also required to provide complete product information and specifications as well as instructions for use. In addition, product description pages must contain safety data sheets and user instructions. 

 

How do I submit an SDS or exemption form? 

Sometimes Amazon classifies one of your products as non-hazardous, a product that you don’t think is harmful to anyone. If you are satisfied that the material will not pose a health and safety risk to consumers, you can submit an SDS. The request must include the ASIN, product name, accessory list and warning label. Amazon will get back to you with the answer. The problem here is that most vendors cannot provide those specific items. There is always the option of a property survey, but it can cost you money and time. 

Final Thoughts 

Getting support from Amazon can seem daunting. After all, the process slows down your sales and monetization efforts, but it’s worth it. Selling dangerous goods on Amazon can cause you problems that you don’t expect. In the shipping process, the products sometimes move and are under pressure. Hazardous materials can explode or explode and cause poisoning to workers or even customers and worse health problems. Your first step in knowing whether your product is dangerous or not should be to read the warning label on it.

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