Effective July 1, 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has banned the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of certain plastic products including disposable products manufactured from plastic, and polystyrene also known as thermocol. To learn more about the list of banned products, go to Plastic and Thermocol.
For more information, go to https://cpcb.nic.in/uploads/plasticwaste/Notification-12-08-2021.pdf.
Previously many states in India have also issued notifications banning the manufacture, sale, storage, transportation, trading, import and use of certain plastic carry bags, disposable plastic or thermocol products, which may affect your business on Amazon.
To know the indicative list of states and the plastic related items that have been banned by those states, go to https://m.media-amazon.com/images/G/31/rainer/statewise_List_Annexure._CB1198675309_.docx.
We recommend you to acquaint yourself with the notifications applicable in various states and consult with your legal advisors to understand the entire scope of the ban and exceptions to the same in various states.
Many states in India have banned the manufacture, sale, storage, transportation, trading, import, and use of certain plastic carry bags, disposable plastic, or thermocol products, such as disposable dishes and pouches or plastic and thermocol products for decoration purposes.
As a seller, you are required to ensure that you do not list such products for sale. This includes any form of plastic carry bags.
The products affected by the ban may differ from in every state. For more information, go to Note on plastic ban in various states of India (except Maharashta).
You must immediately stop listing, sale, storage, transportation of the banned items to ensure that you are conducting your business in accordance with applicable laws.
You will receive an email notification covering details of the ASIN suppressed and reason for the same.
You must independently contact your legal advisors to understand the additional compliances required to be adhered by a manufacturer of a product. Ensure that only those plastic or thermocol products, which follow applicable laws, are sold and listed on Amazon.
No. You cannot list or ship plastic products on Amazon.
Identify the area of your business and check the laws applicable in those areas. The nature of banned products may differ in every state.
Depending upon the location of the seller, product, and the customer, the requirements of the banned items may vary. However, sellers are required to independently comply with the requirement pertaining to banned products by de-listing banned them.
Customer orders for banned products which have already been processed and returned to the fulfillment center within the return period will be removed through our regular removal processing cycles. For orders returned directly to the seller, we suggest they would to reimburse the customer for that order and not re-list such products on Amazon. For return orders fulfilled by Amazon, customers will be reimbursed in accordance with the Business Solutions Agreement.
Amazon will create removals on your behalf and ship it to your business address available in Seller Central. We urge you to ensure that your business address is updated accurately in your selling account to avoid ‘Undeliverable’ issues due to incorrect address subsequent to which products will be returned to Amazon and may be disposed of. As a one-time exception, Amazon will bear the cost of these removals.
Yes. Plastic carry bags are banned and are defined to typically include within its ambit packaging material as well. Amazon uses packaging material which follows the applicable laws.
This depends on the state-specific requirement. For instance, in Uttar Pradesh, usage of disposable plastic carry bags with 50 or more micron thickness having the name and registration number of manufacturer is currently allowed.
For information about plastic and thermocol products ban in Maharashtra, go to the Environment Department Notification, dated March 23, 2018. Certain exemptions may be applicable.
Use of plastic as packaging material for shipments coming in or going out of Maharashtra is prohibited. Non-plastic, non-thermocol packaging material, such as corrugate and paper can be used. You can also use threaded paper envelopes for packing your orders shipping to Maharashtra.
For a list of vendors who sell non-plastic and non-thermocol packaging material, go to All ecommerce packaging solutions.
Refrain from placing the label inside the pouch. Paste the label on the top-facing side of the package. You may alternately place the invoice inside the package.
You can use non-plastic, non-thermocol dunnage, such as rolled or shredded paper to pack fragile items. You can also wrap the fragile object, as required, with additional layers of non-plastic protective packaging to avoid damage to fragile items.
Use of packaging, which is in violation of the notification may result in imprisonment or a fine between INR 5000 to 25000 with the fine increasing for every subsequent violation. If the violator is a company, the directors may also be personally held accountable along with the company. We urge you to understand the implications of non-compliance of the notification clearly by acquainting yourself with the notification or consulting with a legal advisor.
Our advice to sellers has always been consistent. Sellers are required to ensure that they are compliant with applicable law. Our endeavor is to provide you with relevant, valid and accurate guidance as mentioned in existing applicable laws. We would not want to comment on communication received by you from non-Amazon sources including any other company.
Yes. As long as you do not use any plastic packaging over and above the manufacturer’s packaging, there is no issue.
The notification provides certain specific exemptions for manufacturers, packaging of medicines and medical equipment, retailers of grain and groceries, and more. The relaxation provided could be either broad or for use of plastic of certain specifications depending on the exemption category. To understand the categories and extent of exemption, acquaint yourself with the notification or consult with your legal advisor.
We recommend you take independent advice from your legal advisors to understand your obligations and compliances with respect to usage of packaging material in a particular state.