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London court fines Amazon UK for shipping dangerous goods

A London judge slapped Amazon.com Inc.'s U.K. unit witha fine of £65,000 plus an additional £60,000 for prosecution costs, for breachingaviation safety laws, The Guardian(London) reported Sept. 23.

Judge Michael Grieve of the Southwark crown court reportedlysaid Amazon continued shipping dangerous goods via airmail, despite repeatedwarnings. A jury had earlier found Amazon guilty offour counts of violating laws on aviation safety, committed between November2013 and May 2015.

Two of the packages in question contained laptop lithiumbatteries, while the other two had aerosols with flammable gas propellant.

Amazon said it is confident in its shipping protocols andwill continue to improve and work with authorities, according to the report.