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Hazardous materials policy

Hazardous materials such as carcinogens, combustibles, explosive precursors, ozone-depleting chemicals, poisons, radioactive materials and items that contain or release such substances are generally prohibited on eBay. Pesticides are restricted as outlined in our Pesticides policy.

This policy reflects our commitment to the safety of our users by strictly adhering to government regulations for the sale and transportation of dangerous goods.

What is the policy?

The following hazardous materials are not allowed on eBay:

  • Carcinogens
  • Class I ozone-depleting substances - opens in new window or tab: carbon tetrachloride (and any product that contains it), chlorobromomethane, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFCs), methyl bromide, and methyl chloroform
  • Class II ozone-depleting substances - opens in new window or tab: hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
  • Combustibles such as black powder, caps for toy guns, explosive fuses, fireworks, exploding targets, flares, flash paper, red phosphorous, gasoline, Thermite
  • Dinitrophenol (DNP) and any product that contains it (such as weight-loss supplements)
  • Explosives precursors including aluminium powder, ammonium nitrate, calcium ammonium nitrate, calcium nitrate, hydrogen peroxide above 12% weight by weight (carbamide peroxide above 34% by weight), magnesium nitrate hexahydrate, magnesium powder, nitric acid, nitromethane, nitro-fuel, potassium chlorate, potassium nitrate, potassium perchlorate, sodium azide, sodium chlorate, sodium nitrate, sodium perchlorate, sulphuric acid and urea nitrate
  • Methylene chloride (dichloromethane) and paint or coating-removal products that contain it, such as Formby’s Furniture Refinisher
  • Non-EPA-approved substitute refrigerants
  • Non-ozone-depleting substances with high global warming potential: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - opens in new window or tab
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive materials

The seller is responsible for complying with local laws and regulations. 

Some products are prohibited by the shipping carrier or have restrictions on which type of shipping method may be used. For example, some types of batteries cannot be shipped through airmail.

Activity on eBay is required to:

  • Follow all applicable laws
  • Respect the rights of third parties
  • Follow the eBay User Agreement
  • Follow this eBay policy

If activity doesn’t meet these requirements, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: administratively ending listings or canceling transactions, hiding or lowering the placement of listings in search results, lowering seller rating, restricting buying or selling, forfeiture of fees, loss of buyer or seller protections, restricting access to member communication and rating tools, removing feedback, and account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps sellers follow important government regulations. 


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