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Trade control laws

You must comply with all applicable import, re-import, sanctions, anti-boycott, export, and re-export control laws, such as the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and economic sanctions programs implemented by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control. Depending on your location, the country of export, the country of import, the country of origin of the items, and other factors, additional laws and regulations from the United States and other jurisdictions may apply. You are responsible for determining all applicable trade control laws (including US and non-US), obtaining any required government authorizations, and are liable for any penalties resulting from non-compliance.

Sanctioned countries, entities, and individuals

Economic sanctions laws in the United States and a number of other countries prohibit or restrict unauthorized transactions with parties (that is, individuals, entities, and government regimes) identified as engaging in terrorism, narcotics trafficking, weapons proliferation, and other activities that threaten the countries’ national security, foreign policies, or economies (Denied Parties). Various government agencies publish lists of such parties (Denied Parties lists). In addition, countries may maintain trade sanctions and embargo programs against specific countries and regions (sanctioned countries or regions), such that certain transactions involving these sanctioned countries or regions are prohibited or restricted.

In order to comply with these and other legal requirements, it is Amazon’s general policy that items imported from or originating in the following countries and regions may not be sold on Amazon:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Crimea Region of Ukraine

Involving Amazon in any way in shipments or sales to parties in Sanctioned Countries or Regions is prohibited. Accounts may not be opened or affiliated with a country or region that Amazon does not support.

Additionally, Amazon does not engage in unauthorized business with or otherwise engage in or facilitate unauthorized transactions involving, directly or indirectly, individuals or entities that are (1) designated to certain Denied Parties lists or owned or controlled by certain Denied Parties, (2) located in or are ordinarily resident in sanctioned countries or regions, or (3) subject to sanctions or other applicable trade control restrictions.

You must ascertain and comply with any additional sanctions compliance requirements that apply to your transactions, including updates to US law. Non-compliance with US sanctions laws and regulations can result in significant civil and criminal monetary penalties, as well as possible imprisonment, seizure of goods, and a bar from conducting business with US companies.

Export controls

The United States and a number of other countries have implemented export control laws that prohibit or restrict to who, where, or for what purpose certain items may be exported, re-exported, or transferred. Products subject to export control restrictions include defence articles (for example, military ordnance and vehicles, certain firearm scopes, night-vision goggles, body armour, and related software and technical data that are subject to the ITAR) and ‘dual-use’ items (for example, products having both defence and commercial purposes that are subject to the EAR).

An export licence or other authorization may be required to export, re-export, or transfer items that are subject to export control restrictions. You are responsible for obtaining required export authorizations, as well as for complying with all other applicable export compliance obligations, related to products sold on Amazon. Non-compliance with export control laws can result in significant civil penalties, criminal penalties (including imprisonment), and/or loss of export privileges.

Anti-boycott rules

It is Amazon’s policy to conduct business worldwide in compliance with all applicable anti-boycott laws, including those administered by both the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of the Treasury. You must not involve Amazon, its subsidiaries, or any employees of Amazon or its subsidiaries in all global locations in activities that support international boycotts opposed by the United States, such as the Arab League boycott of Israel.

Import/customs requirements

You also are responsible for complying with all applicable requirements associated with any items that you import. For more information, visit Delivering imports to Amazon.

Trade control laws

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