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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

Forget the Free Shipping option: The recent delivery of a quart of high-gloss enamel will cost Amazon Fulfillment Services $78,000.

The small can of paint—officially, a Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid—leaked during shipment and lacked required hazmat documentation, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Now, the agency is proposing a $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon, of North Las Vegas, NV, alleging violation of U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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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

Upon further investigation, inspectors also found 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 this month.

Paint is considered a Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid.

The shipping box also lacked 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 to a request for comment.

 

   

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

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