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FBA prohibited products

It is your responsibility to know whether or not the products you are shipping are regulated as hazardous materials. Hazardous materials that are shipped to Amazon fulfillment centers may be subject to disposal without reimbursement, even if they have not been previously identified by Amazon as hazardous materials.

Important: Failure to comply with FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements and product restrictions may result in the refusal, disposal or return of inventory at your expense, the blocking of future shipments to the fulfillment center, charges for additional preparation or for non-compliance, the suspension or your selling privileges, or regulatory fines. Certain products may be eligible for sale on Amazon, but are not eligible for Fulfillment by Amazon. It is your responsibility to ensure that the products you send to us comply with all applicable legal regulations and are approved for sale in the countries in which you wish to list your products.

Sellers participating in FBA must not only comply with the Amazon Restricted Products policy but also comply with FBA-specific product restrictions. The following products are prohibited from FBA:

  • Gift cards, gift certificates, and other stored-value instruments
  • Cigars, cigarettes, or other tobacco products, and products containing nicotine
  • Brandy, drinks containing brandy, or food containing a more than negligible amount of brandy
  • Firearms (including air guns, cap guns, and paintballing guns), firearm parts, firearm kits (including model firearm kits for firearm models that are unable to shoot ammunition), gunpowder and other types of ammunition (including air bullets and cap gun bullets), and weapons (nightsticks, riot sticks)
  • Parts of whales, dolphins, sharks, elephants (including ivory), and other plants and animals protected by endangered species laws or products derived thereof
  • Used vehicles/vehicle parts
  • All devices, medications, and nutritional and dietary supplements, or similar substances only available in pharmacies or require a prescription from a doctor or other clinical staff for purchase, or products that are prohibited by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medicinal Devices (BfArM)
  • All DVDs except DVDs that:
    1. carry the applicable FSK/USK rating label when required
    2. contain region codes "2," "0," or "All Regions"
  • All Blu-rays except Blu-rays that:
    1. contain region code "B" or have no region coding
    2. carry the applicable FSK/USK rating label when required

Product units that cannot be processed

All product units that fall under at least one of the following points cannot be processed by Fulfillment by Amazon and are therefore similarly prohibited:

  • Any product that is greater than 150cm in length or weighs more than 30kg or has a girth of more than 3 meters: girth = (2 x height) + (2 x width) + length
  • Any product that may result in a shipment that Amazon reasonably designates as requiring LTL carrier handling
  • Products that cannot pass the fall test without being damaged (being dropped from a height of 80 cm on four different sides and one corner)
  • Products that cannot pass the vigorous shaking test without being damaged (after 30 seconds of vigorous shaking, no pellets or granular material trickle out)
  • Any sharp product that is packaged so that blades or points are exposed at any time throughout the fulfilment process
  • Products that are, or contain, any kind of living animal, plant, or plant offshoot
  • Products that need to be cooled or deep-frozen
  • Food or beverages, unless you as a seller have already acquired special authorization to sell foodstuffs on Fulfillment by Amazon. Please contact Seller Support if you are interested in obtaining an authorization for this program.
  • During "summer break" between May 1st and October 14th, products containing chocolate cannot be received and stored. As a seller, you are responsible for monitoring inventory and submitting a timely return request before the start of summer break when necessary. Please allow 3 weeks for processing of your return request. Amazon reserves the right to dispose of products containing chocolate if they are found in your inventory during the summer break. Sellers are liable for both the cost of return shipments as well as disposal.
  • Units whose expiration date is fewer than 15 months away, or food and beverages whose expiration date or shelf life is fewer than 70 days away. Units whose expiration date or shelf life is fewer than 45 days away will be disposed of by Amazon. As a seller, you are responsible for monitoring inventory and submitting a timely return request when necessary. Please allow 3 weeks for processing of your return request. Sellers are liable for both the cost of return shipments as well as disposal. Products with an expiration date or which may expire cannot be registered as commingled inventory and must be provided with a product label. You can find more information on the Label FBA Inventory help page.
  • Units that contain a product that is regulated as a dangerous good or hazardous material (HAZMAT) by any of the following: the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Directive 1999/45/EC concerning the classification, packaging and labeling of dangerous preparations; Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures; the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG-Code); the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR); United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods; Regulation (EU) n°528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products; Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC. Such products include substances that contain compressed gas, chemicals that are potentially explosive, flammable, corrosive, toxic, radioactive, magnetic, in either gaseous, liquid or solid (including powder) form, with the exception of lithium battery products. Consignment with Lithium battery products need to carry the necessary markings and need to comply with applicable provisions and testing requirements specified in the ADR and the IATA DGR provisions in order to be accepted by Amazon.
    Note: Amazon may dispose of such HAZMAT products not in compliance with the above mentioned regulations at the seller's cost.
  • Substances regulated by the Narcotics Act (BtMG) or that, at our discretion, may bear a risk of injury or disease
  • Jewelry or ornaments intended to be worn on the body, including bracelets, necklaces, anklets, watches, watch bands, pins, earrings, or rings that have a value in excess of € 500.
  • Products that are subject to a product recall
  • Products that cannot be lawfully sold and distributed in all regions of your markets because they are forbidden to sell for various reasons (e.g. products without required description, labeling, warning notices, application notes, or list of ingredients in all required national languages)
  • Items that are not properly closed and sealed. Please note our Packaging Requirements.

In addition, some products in the Health and Beauty category are also prohibited.

Prohibited Products: FBA EU Export

In addition to above, the following products are excluded from FBA Export for EU:

  • Products that promote racism, hatred, discrimination
  • Nazi memorabilia (or similar products)
  • Guns intended to cause bodily harm (not just lethal force)
  • Medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements (regardless of whether they require a prescription)
  • Medicines, vitamins, food and dietary supplements, herbal supplements, regardless of whether they require a prescription
  • Weed or pest control products
  • Seeds, plants, or plant derivatives
  • Fireworks or other pyrotechnics
  • Medical implants or parts of the human body, except for human hair
  • Products of public domain, including cultural heritage and archaeological findings (minerals, treasure, fossils, etc.)
  • Products which are subject to age ratings in any EU country to which Amazon enables your products to be shipped and that do not display the necessary age rating
  • Products not otherwise excluded that require age verification in any EU country to which Amazon enables your products to be shipped – unless and as long as Amazon provides an age verification process in each such country
  • Products that irreparably harm the honor/dignity of another person, are aimed at children and contain violent, pornographic or other unlawful material, or otherwise are harmful to children
  • Phones that can only work with one specific mobile services provider
  • Products whose sale or distribution is restricted under the laws of any EU country to which Amazon enables your products to be shipped
  • Products that cannot be lawfully possessed, sold or distributed in each EU country to which Amazon enables your products to be shipped

Hazardous materials and dangerous goods

In addition, products that are regulated as hazardous materials (Hazmat) by any applicable legislation, including but not limited to the list below, are not eligible for Fulfilment by Amazon.

In some cases, lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, or products containing those batteries either within or with the main product, are eligible for Fulfilment by Amazon as long as the required information is provided. For more information, see Requirements for Lithium Batteries or Products that Contain Lithium Batteries.

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