PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free ebook on Advances in Corrosion Control Coating Technology

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Quart of Paint May Cost Amazon $78K

Monday, February 17, 2014

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a US$78,000 (57,298 euro) civil penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services of North Las Vegas, Nev., for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on Aug. 29, 2013, Amazon Fulfillment Services shipped a quart of high-gloss enamel paint on a FedEx Corp. aircraft from Lexington, Ky., to Corpus Christi, Texas, where workers discovered that leaking paint had soaked through the shipping box.

Paint is considered to be a Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid.

Investigators determined the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents and it was not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The box also contained no hazardous material inner packing, such as inserts or absorbent materials. Finally, the package failed to protect against a release of hazardous material into the environment.

Amazon did not respond to Air Cargo World's request to comment on the penalty.

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

- See more at: http://www.aircargoworld.com/Air-Cargo-World-News/2014/02/faa-proposes-hazmat-fine-against-amazon/6262#sthash.ofa3Dwg6.dpuf

A leaking quart of Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid—otherwise known as high-gloss enamel—has left a costly mess for Amazon Fulfillment Services.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon, of North Las Vegas, NV, for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

Amazon Fulfillment
Photos: Amazon Fulfillment Services

Amazon Fulfillment Services (also known as Fulfillment by Amazon) stores, ships and offers customer service for third-party products from a network of locations nationwide.

The FAA alleges that on Aug. 29, 2013, the mega-fulfillment network shipped a quart of high-gloss enamel paint on a FedEx Corp. aircraft from Lexington, KY, to Corpus Christi, TX.

When the package arrived, workers discovered that leaking paint had soaked through the shipping box.

Hazmat Shipping

Paint is considered a Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid.

Upon further investigation, inspectors then determined that the package lacked "shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents and [that] it was not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations," the FAA announced.

The box also contained no inner packing, such as inserts or absorbent materials, that should accompany hazardous materials, the agency said.

Amazon Fulfillment Services

The FAA said the enamel, considered a Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid, was not secured properly for shipping and lacked appropriate shipping papers.

Finally, the FAA said, the package "failed to protect against a release of hazardous material into the environment under normal transportation conditions."

Next Steps

With Fulfillment by Amazon, third-party vendors warehouse their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers; Amazon then packs, ships and provides customer service for those products.

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

Parent company Amazon Inc. did not respond Thursday (Feb. 13) to a request for comment.

 

   

Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Enforcement; Gloss and color; Government; hazardous materials; Paint and Coating Sales; Transportation

Comment from Eric Rosenthal, (2/17/2014, 6:34 PM)

This is why we don’t ship by air. I’m curious what paint product it was and if Amazon will make the effort to get up to speed on this or if they’ll evaluate what they ship and stop shipping certain products.


Comment from Simon Hope, (2/18/2014, 3:38 AM)

We ship paint offshore in emergency only, the paperwork, packaging and general grief along with the exorbitant cost make this an option of last resort, and that is only with low VOC, high solids materials, so what it would be like to legitimately ship high VOC enamel, probably wouldn't get past the first stage risk assessment!


Comment from Gene Kube, (2/18/2014, 10:11 AM)

Amazon should consider themselves lucky. Fedex and UPS have had transportation specialists on board for over 25 years, knowledgeable in 49 CFR regulations covering transportation of hazardous materials. I am aware of 2 shippers that have done time in prison for willfully violating transportation regulations, (underscore "willfully". Amazon dodged a bullet.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


RPB Respiratory
GET A FREE COOL TUBE

Take advantage of RPB Safety’s coolest promotion yet! Throughout the entire month of May you will receive a free Cool Tube with every...


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
Blastox - One Step
Lead Abatement

Don't waste $$ on added labor steps with other methods. Don't mix, meter or apply at the job-site. Avoid strict hazardous waste rules.
Let your painters paint!


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rush inhibitor prevents flash rust by removing surface contaminants.
Contact us for your nearest distributor. (800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com


Midsun Specialty Products
Stopaq 30+ Year Coatings

Use Stopaq corrosion prevention coatings on pipelines, field joints, tank chimes, structural steel and more. Learn more at www.midsunsp.com/stopaq


Safway Services
One Source. Every Solution.

The Safway Group is your source for multiservices. Painting, coating, insulation and more – all from the most trusted name in the industry.


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


Polygon
POLYGON - Temporary Humidity Control

We specialize in innovative climate control solutions for industrial painting, utilizing alternative energy sources and combining desiccants with heating or cooling.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com