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Amazon to Charge Third-Party Sellers for Safety Violations

Posted December 11, 2018

Under Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Emma Cosgrove – Supply Chain Dive)

Third-party sellers on Amazon will soon be subject to new fines if they violate the company’s safety regulations for packages, CNBC reported.

The new fines are aimed at merchandise sold by third parties, but shipped by Amazon, after an uptick in safety incidents involving third-party sellers — from two in 2009 to 42 in 2018 — at Amazon facilities, according to a CNBC investigation.

Fees will be categorized as “unplanned service” charges, which is the same classification under which Amazon charges for expenses such as replaced barcodes or added packaging. A trial period testing the new fees began Nov. 29. Click here to read more.

Related: Amazon Will Start Penalizing Sellers Who Ship Unsafe Packages to Its Warehouses (CNBC)