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Hazardous or dangerous substances policy

Hazardous or dangerous goods (such as radioactive materials, flammable gases, liquids and solids, and toxic substances) may pose a danger to health, safety or property while being transported. Many hazardous goods cannot be posted through the mail or commercial carriers at all.

Items of such nature are not permitted to be listed on eBay. Please review the Some Examples and Additional Information section below for more information on specific limits and exceptions to this policy.

A few hazardous materials may legally be transported under certain conditions if they are properly packaged and labelled. Such items are permitted on eBay, provided that the listing contains a clear notice of the hazardous nature of the material, and a description of the planned method of postage that complies with the applicable laws in the buyer’s and seller’s countries.

Some Examples and Additional Information

Examples of hazardous materials and their related exclusions (if any):

Under the Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005, it is an offence to produce, acquire, retain, transfer or use toxic chemicals listed under the Schedules of the Act without authorisation by the National Authority. The Poisons Act 1952 also regulates the sale of poisons in Malaysia and the list of poisons may be found in the Schedules of the Act. The Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order 1998 and Customs (Prohibition of Exports) Order 1998 also lists poisonous chemicals that are absolutely prohibited, toxic chemicals and their precursors and toxic and/or hazardous wastes where a letter of approval and/or licence is required by the relevant Ministry.

Examples of permitted materials

  • Adhesives
  • Ceramics
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Glue
  • Ink
  • Enamel or varnish
  • Paints other than paints containing mercury compounds, lead compounds or asbestos
  • Photographic paper
  • Matches
  • Fireworks: Dangerous fireworks may not be listed on eBay. Under Malaysian law, it is an offence to sell, transport, send, deliver, distribute or import fireworks, and postal regulations prohibit posting these items through the postal system. For more details, please see the Explosives Act 1957, and the section on ‘Postal Service Prohibited and Restricted Items’ below.
  • Radioactive Substances and Irradiating Apparatus: Under Malaysian law, it is an offence to sell, deal with, import or export any radioactive substances or irradiating apparatus without approval from the Atomic Energy Licensing Board. Irradiating apparatus below 5keV is exempted as long as the apparatus acquired the maximum energy which is capable of emitting or producing radiation not exceeding 5keV, the apparatus is purchased from a seller who is licensed by the Board and the person ensures that the apparatus can no longer function before he disposes of it. Any low activity radioactive material is also exempted provided that the activity concentration per unit weight (Bg/gm) of the low activity radioactive material does not exceed the value as specified in the Atomic Energy Licensing (Exemption) (Low Activity Radioactive Material) Order 2002 and that the total effective does to the public is less than 10 microsieverts per year. For more details, please refer to the Atomic Energy Licensing (Exemption) (Low Activity Radioactive Material) Order 2002, Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984, Atomic Energy Licensing (Exemption) (Irradiating Apparatus Below 5 Kilo Elektron Volt) Order 2002), Customs (Prohibition of Import) Order 1998 and Customs (Prohibition of Export) Order 1998.
  • Postal Service Prohibited and Restricted Items: Items such as firearms, explosive or flammable substances, controlled drugs, and poisons are prohibited from being posted, conveyed or delivered by post under the Postal Services Act 1991. Items restricted by Pos Malaysia generally do not pose a danger to health, safety, or property while being transported, but their transport is regulated or banned for public policy reasons. Under Malaysian law, items such as radioactive substances and perishable biological substances exchanged between officially recognised or qualified laboratories are restricted and may only be posted if packed in accordance with certain stipulated conditions. Generally, restricted items that may be lawfully transported by mail or common carrier are permitted on eBay, unless otherwise prohibited by eBay rules. Examples of restricted items that may be listed on eBay include insects such as honeybees or ladybugs, and some knives.
    For a complete list of items which may not be posted, please visit the Pos Malaysia - opens in new window or tabWeb site.

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay urges its sellers and buyers comply with all governmental laws and regulations. Since the sale of hazardous materials and dangerous substances are prohibited by law or regulated, or may cause harm to eBay or its members, sellers may not list them on eBay.

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, 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: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

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