FAA proposes penalty against Amazon for alleged hazardous materials violations

US Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a civil penalty of USD78,000 against Amazon.com, Inc., for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations, the company said.

The FAA alleges that on August 7, 2015, Amazon offered FedEx an undeclared shipment containing a flammable liquid for air transportation from Ruskin, Fla., to Algonquin, Ill. The package held two 14-ounce bottles of hair tonic. Workers in FedEx´s Cary, Ill., sort facility discovered the box was leaking.

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