Amazon plc has been found guilty of attempting to ship dangerous goods by air, including lithium-ion batteries and flammable aerosols between the years 2014 and 2015. The firm was fined £65,000 at Southwark Crown Court .
It was found guilty earlier today at Southwark Crown Court of causing dangerous goods to be delivered for carriage in an aircraft in breach of air navigation rules.
The prosecution had been brought by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 2002.
The goods were scheduled for flights both in and outside the UK, comprising four shipments between January 2014 and June 2015.
During a Royal Mail routine screening they were discovered when the cargo was seized before departure, and before they were loaded on board the aircraft.
Southwark Court heard that Amazon had tried to ship a lithium-ion battery to Jersey on a day before 7 January 2014, and a flammable gas aerosol to Romania on a similar date.
Another shipment, destined for Ireland on a day before 17 July 2014, contained another aerosol, while Amazon illegally tried to send two more lithium-ion batteries to Northern Ireland between 12 May and 3 June 2015.
The CAA's general counsel, Kate Staples, said: "There are important international and domestic restrictions to prohibit the shipping of certain goods that pose a flight safety risk.
"We are constantly working to further improve and will continue to work with the CAA in this area."
Julian Bray aviation expert comments: It was only in August this year, reported by this blog, that IATA launched a major campaign to raise awareness of the hazards of lithium battery shipments, more particularly ones they term 'rogue shippers'
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