The Southwark Crown Court found Amazon guilty of shipping potentially-explosive and dangerous goods by air penalising the latter £65,000 for negligence and violation of safety rules.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had halted the four transports that carried lithium-ion batteries and flammable gas aerosols between January 2014 and June 2015.
The CAA said the inclusion of such cargo would have placed the lives of travellers on-board the plane at risk.
Lithium-ion batteries are used in most gadgets but have a likelihood of exploding when transported in thinner atmospheric layers.
“The safety of the public, our customers, employees and partners is an absolute priority. We ship millions of products every week and are confident in the sophisticated technologies and processes we have developed to detect potential shipping hazards. We are constantly working to further improve and will continue to work with the CAA in this area,” Amazon said in a statement released on Friday.
The Southwark Crown Court handed a total of 11 counts and redacted one after the jury failed to reach a verdict.
Air Navigation Regulations stipulate how packages must be handled when transported by air and have stringent rules on packing, marking, labeling and documentation.
A recent investigation by ProPublica, which looked at 250 Amazon products over several weeks, found that Amazon’s algorithms push customers towards more expensive products.
Amazon told the researchers that the algorithms are complex and consider many different factor.