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ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY – PAY WITH AMAZON SERVICES

Transactions for Pay with Amazon Services

Introduction

By availing the Pay with Amazon service ("PWA Service"), you acknowledge and agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and with Amazon policies.

We provide this material for informational purposes only and it is not intended as legal advice in any manner whatsoever. We encourage you to consult with your legal counsel if you have questions about the laws and regulations concerning your products.

You should carefully review the "Examples of Prohibited Transactions" sections in each category shown on the right before using the PWA Service for transactions in relation to the products listed and/or sold on your website. If you wish to use the PWA Service for transactions in relation to which items may be required to be shipped outside India, you are responsible for conducting proper research to ensure that the items listed comply with all laws and regulations.

Consequences for Violations

Violations of Amazon's policy by using the PWA Service for transactions in relation to products prohibited under such policy may result in actions including but not limited to suspension and termination of the PWA Service offered to you.

Amazon reserves the right to make judgments in its sole discretion about whether or not a transaction made using the PWA Service is appropriate and whether the same is in contravention of Amazon's policy.

Reporting

Amazon encourages the user of PWA Services to report transactions that violate Amazon's policies or applicable law at Contact Us. Please include all relevant information, so we can conduct an investigation.

Examples of Prohibited Transaction for PWA Services

The examples provided in these Help pages are not all-inclusive and are provided solely as an informational guide. In addition, any links provided are for informational purposes only, and Amazon does not warrant the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information provided in these links.

Indicative Prohibited Transactions for PWA Services

 

Alcohol

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions for PWA Services involving products such as:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Liquor licenses

Additional Useful Information

  • Customs (Tariff) Act, 1975
  • Customs Act, 1962
  • Export-Import Policy
  • Code of Advertising Standards Council of India

 

Animals & Animal Products

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Most live creatures, such as pets, livestock or marine mammals
  • Illegal wildlife products
  • Insects or other creatures designated as "plant pests"
  • Parts or products, including fur and feathers, from federally endangered or threatened species, such as:
    • Cheetahs
    • Jaguars
    • Leopards
    • Mountain zebras and Hartmann mountain zebras
    • Sable antelopes
    • Tigers
  • Parts or products from bear or mountain lion
  • Parts or products from cat or dog
  • Products prohibited for sale under the applicable law
  • Products containing ivory from animals

Additional Useful Information

 

Art

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Unauthorized copies or reproductions of artwork that violate any copyright or trademark

Related Amazon Help Pages

Additional Useful Information

  • Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • The Patents Act, 1970
  • The Designs Act, 2000
  • Copyright Act, 1957

 

Automotive

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Products intended to defeat, bypass or shut down emission control devices, including oxygen sensor simulators
  • Products intended to override malfunction indicator lights
  • High intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits
  • Products intended to affect traffic signals
  • Products designed to intentionally block, jam or interfere with licensed or authorized radio communications, such as:
    • Cell jammers
    • GPS jammers
    • Laser jammers
    • PCS jammers
    • Radar jammers
    • Wi-Fi jammers
  • Products intended to alter odometers
  • Driver's licenses and other government-issued identification cards
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plates

Additional Useful Information

  • The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885
  • Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

 

Clothing

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

  • Examples of Prohibited Transactions for PWA Services involving products as used clothing and shoes

 

Cosmetics & Skin/Hair Care

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Products that require a prescription or a medical professional's supervision or direction for their use
  • Products that are adulterated, spurious or misbranded.
  • Products and ingredients that the food and drugs regulatory authorities or other governmental authorities have determined present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness, or are otherwise unsafe.
  • Product which claims that the same is intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in humans or animals unless the claim is approved by the food and drugs regulatory authorities
  • Controlled substances under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 or other applicable laws
  • Products that have passed their expiration or "use by" dates
  • Opened or used cosmetics, skin products or hair care products
  • Products that are not sealed in original manufacturer's packaging
  • Products labeled as "tester," including perfume testers, or "not intended for resale"

Additional Useful Information

  • Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
  • The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Act, 1954
  • The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985

 

Currency, Coins & Cash Equivalents

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Counterfeit coins
  • Counterfeit paper money, such as:
    • Bank notes
    • Bonds
    • Money orders
  • Stocks and securities
  • Equipment designed to create counterfeit items
  • Cash or cash equivalent instruments, including money orders, traveler's checks, stored value products like retail or open loop gift cards or electronic stored value redemption codes (except for retail gift cards for which authorization from RBI has been obtained) Gold, silver or other precious metal bullion

Additional Useful Information

  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • The Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007

 

Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances such as:
    • Poppy straw
    • Coca plant
    • Prepared opium
    • Opium Poppy and opium
    • Cannabis
    • Methaqualone
    • Amfepramone
    • Benzphetamine
    • Camazepam
    • Clotiazepam
    • Cloxazolam
    • Delorazepam
    • Estazolam
    • Ethinamate
    • Ethylloflazepate
    • Fludiazepam
    • Flunitrazepam
    • Haloxazolam
    • Ketazolam
    • Lefetamine
    • Loprazolam
    • Lormetazepam
    • Mazindol
    • Medazepam
    • Methyprylon
    • Nimetazepam
    • Oxazolam
    • Phendimetrazine
    • Pinazepam
    • Pipradrol
    • Prazepam
    • Temazepam
    • Tetrazepam
    • Etryptamine
    • Methcathinone
    • Zipeprol
    • Aminorex
    • Brotizolam
    • Mesocarb
  • Salts And Preparation Of Above
  • "Drug paraphernalia," such as:
    • Bongs
    • Pipes made from metal, most woods, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic
    • Wired cigarette papers
  • Products intended to defeat a drug test, such as urine additives
  • Controlled substances under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 or otherwise under the applicable law, including products containing:
    • Acetic anhydride
    • N-Acetylanthranilic acid
    • Anthranilic acid
    • Ephedrine and its salts
    • Pseudoephedrine and its salts
  • Products that the regulatory authorities has determined present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness
  • Products that are adulterated or misbranded
  • Products that require a prescription or a medical professional's supervision or direction for their use
  • Products intended to be used for diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in humans and/or animals unless the claim is approved by the appropriate governmental authorities
  • Products that have passed their expiration or "use by" dates
  • Opened or used products
  • Products that are not sealed in original manufacturer's packaging
  • Products labeled as "tester" or "not intended for resale"

Additional Useful Information

  • Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
  • The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Regulation of Controlled Substances) Order, 2013

Examples of Drug-Related Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Drugs prohibited for manufacture and sale under Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 (notified vide Gazette Notification)
  • Amidopyrine.
  • Fixed dose combinations of vitamins with anti-inflammatory agents and         tranquilizers.
  • Fixed dose combinations of Atropine in Analgesics and Antipyretics.
  • Fixed dose combinations of Strychnine and Caffeine in tonics.
  • Fixed dose combinations of Yohimbine and Strychnine with Testosterone and Vitamins.
  • Fixed dose combinations of Iron with Strychnine, Arsenic and Yohimbine.
  • Fixed dose combinations of Sodium Bromide/chloral hydrate with other drugs. 
  • Phenacetin.
  • Fixed dose combinations of antihistaminic with anti-diarrhoeals. 
  • Fixed dose combinations of Penicillin with Sulphonamides. 
  • Fixed dose combinations of Vitamins with Analgesics. 
  • Fixed dose combinations of any other Tetracycline with Vitamin C.  
  • Fixed dose combinations of Hydroxyquinoline group of drugs with any other drug   except for preparations meant for external use.
  • Fixed dose combinations of Corticosteroids with any other drug for internal use. 
  • Fixed dose combinations of Chloramphenicol with any other drug for internal use. 
  • Fixed dose combinations of crude Ergot preparations except those containing Ergotamine, Caffeine, analgesics, antihistamines for the treatment of migraine, headaches. 
  • Fixed dose combinations of Vitamins with Anti TB drugs except combination of Isoniazid with Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6). 
  • Penicillin skin/eye Ointment. 
  • Tetracycline Liquid Oral preparations. 
  • Nialamide.
  • Practolol.
  • Methapyrilene, its salts.
  • Methaqualone.
  • Oxytetracycline Liquid Oral preparations. 
  • Demeclocycline Liquid Oral preparations. 
  • Combination of anabolic Steroids with other drugs. 
  • Fixed dose combination of Oestrogen and Progestin (other than oral contraceptive) containing per tablet estrogen content of more than 50 mcg (equivalent to Ethinyl Estradiol) and progestin content of more than 3 mg (equivalent to  Norethisterone Acetate) and all fixed dose combination injectable preparations containing synthetic Oestrogen and Progesterone.
  • Fixed dose combination of Sedatives/ hypnotics/anxiolytics with   analgesics-antipyretics. 
  • Fixed dose combination of Rifampicin, isoniazid and Pyrazinamide, except those which provide daily adult dose given below: 
    Drugs Minimum Maximum

    Rifampicin 

      450 mg

      600 mg

    Isoniazid    

      300 mg

      400 mg

    Pyrazinamide

    1000 mg

    1500 mg

  • Fixed dose combination of Histamine H-2 receptor antagonists with antacids except for those combinations approved by Drugs Controller, India. 
  • The patent and proprietary medicines of fixed dose combinations of essential oils with alcohol having percentage higher than 20% proof except preparations given in the Indian Pharmacopoeia. 
  • All Pharmaceutical preparations containing Chloroform exceeding 0.5% w/w or v/v whichever is appropriate. 
  • Fixed dose combination of Ethambutol with INH other than the following: INH 
    Ethambutol 200 mg. 600 mg. 300 mg. 800 mg. 
  • Fixed dose combination containing more than one antihistamine. 
  • Fixed dose combination of any anthelmintic with cathartic/purgative except for 
    piperazine/Santonim. 
  • Fixed dose combination of Salbutamol or any other drug having primarily bronchodilatory activity with centrally acting anti-tussive and/or antihistamine. 
  • Fixed dose combination of laxatives and/or anti-spasmodic drugs in enzyme preparations. 
  • Fixed dose combination of Metoclopramide with systemically absorbed drugs except fixed dose combination of metoclopramide with aspirin/paracetamol 
  • Fixed dose combination of centrally acting, antitussive with antihistamine, having high atropine like activity in expectorants. 
  • Preparations claiming to combat cough associated with asthma containing centrally acting antitussive and/ or an antihistamine. 
  • Liquid oral tonic preparations containing glycerophosphates and/or other phosphates and / or central nervous system stimulant and such preparations containing alcohol more than 20% proof. 
  • Fixed dose combination containing Pectin and/or Kaolin with any drug which is systemically absorbed from GI tract except for combinations of Pectin and/or Kaolin with drugs not systemically absorbed. 
  • Chloral Hydrate as a drug. 
  • Dovers Powder I.P. 
  • Dover's Powder Tablets I.P. 
  • Antidiarrhoeal formulations containing Kaolin or Pectin or Attapulgite or Activated Charcoal. 
  • Antidiarrhoeal formulations     containing Phthalyl Sulphathiazole or Sulphaguanidine or Succinyl Sulphathiazole.
  • Antidiarrhoeal formulations containing Neomycin or Streptomycin or Dihydrostreptomycin including their respective salts or esters. 
  • Liquid Oral antidiarrhoeals or any other dosage form for pediatric use containing Diphenoxylate Lorloperamide or Atropine or Belladona including their salts or esters or metabolites Hyoscyamine or their extracts or their alkaloids. 
  • Liquid Oral antidiarrhoeals or any other dosage form for pediatric use containing halogenated hydroxyquinolines. 
  • Fixed dose combination of antidiarrhoeals with electrolytes. 
  • Patent and Proprietary Oral Rehydration Salts other than those conforming to the  
  • Fixed dose combination of Oxyphenbutazone or Phenylbutazone with any other drug. 
  • Fixed dose combination of Analgin with any other drug. 
  • Fixed dose combination of dextropropoxyphene with any other drug other than anti-spasmodics and/or non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). 
  • Fixed dose combination of a drug, standards of which are prescribed in the Second Schedule to the said Act with an Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug. 
  • Mepacrine Hydrochloride (Quinacrine and its salts) in any dosage form for use for female sterilization or contraception. 
  • Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine. 
  • Fixed dose combination of Diazepam and Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride . 
  • Rimonabant.
  • Rosiglitazone
  • Nimesulide formulations for human use in children below 12 years of age.
  • Cisapride and its formulations for human use.
  • Phenylpropanolamine and its formulation for human use.
  • Human Placental Extract and its formulations for human use.
  • Sibutramine and its formulations for human use, and
  • R-Sibutramine and its formulations for human use.
  • Gatifloxacin formulation for systemic use in human by any route including oral and injectable
  • Tegaserod and its formulation for human use.
  • Letrozole for induction of ovulation in anovulatory infertility.
  • Serodiagnostic test kits for diagnosis of tuberculosis

 

Electronics

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Products intended to affect traffic signals
  • Products where the serial number has been removed or altered
  • Power amplifiers used with CB radios
  • Products designed to intentionally block, jam or interfere with licensed or authorized radio communications, such as:
    • Cell jammers
    • GPS jammers
    • Laser jammers
    • PCS jammers
    • Radar jammers
    • WiFi jammers
  • Products that descramble, or gain access to, cable or satellite television without permission, such as:
    • Blocker devices
    • Hardware or Software DSS Emulators
    • Listings for information or guides on "how to" descramble cable or satellite television without permission
    • Programmed Smart Cards
    • Smart Card programmers and unloopers
  • Products that incorporate Class IIIb lasers and Class IV lasers
  • Video game controllers that replace existing technology in a video game
  • DVD duplicators that bypass copyright protections
  • Credit card reader terminals and portable magnetic stripe card readers

Additional Useful Information

  • Bureau of Indian Standards
  • Indian Telegraph Act, 1885
  • The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

 

Food & Beverage

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as

  • Alcohol
  • Prohibited animal products
  • Products containing ingredients for which a premarket safety notification is required but has not been filed
  • Products that are adulterated, spurious or misbranded
  • Products that present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness,
  • Products that have passed their expiration or "use by" dates
  • Controlled substances under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
  • Products that present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness

Additional Useful Information

  • Food and Safety Standards Act, 2006
  • Consumer Protection Act, 1986

 

Gambling & Lottery

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Lottery tickets
  • Coin-operated slot machines
  • Slot machines that can be converted to use coins or currency

Additional Useful Information

  • The Public Gambling Act, 1867
  • The Lotteries (Regulation) Act, 1998

 

Hazardous & Dangerous Items

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Items containing Carbon Tetrachloride, such as:
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Refrigerants
    • Cleaning agents
  • Explosives, such as:
    • Gunpowder
    • Nitroglycerine
    • Nitroglycol
    • Gun-cotton
    • Di-nitro-toluene
    • Tri-nitro-toluene
    • Picric acid
    • Tri-nitro-phenol
    • Tri-nitro-resorcinol (styphnic acid)
    • Cyclo-trimethylene-tri-nitramine
    • Penta-erythritol-tetranitrate
    • Tetryl
    • Nitro-guanidine
    • Lead azide
    • Lead styphynate
    • Fulminate of mercury or any other metal
    • Diazo-di-nitro-phenol
    • Coloured fires or any other substance whether a single chemical compound or a mixture of substances, whether solid orliquid or gaseous used or manufactured with a view to produce a practical effect by explosion or pyrotechnic effect and includes fog-signals, fireworks, fuses, rockets, percussion-caps, detonators, cartridges, ammunition of all descriptions and every adaptation or preparation of an explosive Flares, such as projectile and road flares
    • Flash paper
    • Gasoline
  • Information on how to make explosive devices, such as bombs
  • Products containing red phosphorous
  • Products containing thermite
  • Used oil, such as cooking oil or motor oil
  • Batteries containing mercury, alkaline-manganese batteries containing mercury, zinc carbon batteries containing mercury
  • Certain pesticides, such as:
    • Pesticides that are for restricted use
    • Pesticides that are not appropriately registered
    • Pesticides that are not appropriately described and labeled
  • Products contaminated by radiation
  • Products containing mercury
  • Refrigerants in household appliances, such as Freon

Additional Useful Information

  • The Arms Act, 1959
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Explosives Act, 1884

 

Human Parts & Burial Artifacts

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • human body parts, such as:
    • Blood Bone
    • Eggs
    • Organs
    • Sperm
  • Human remains
  • Human waste and bodily fluids
  • Historical grave markers or tombstones
  • Native burial items
  • Artifacts removed from the land or a battlefield site

Additional Useful Information

  • The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994
  • Customs (Tariff) Act, 1975
  • Customs Act, 1962
  • Export-Import Policy

 

Jewelry & Precious Gems

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Gold or silver products that are not stamped in compliance with applicable laws
  • Products that do not comply with the prescribed standards for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries
  • Irradiated gemstones, unless sale has been authorized by the appropriate government authority
  • Diamonds that do not comply with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme or other certification schemes applicable in India
  • Clarity-enhanced white diamonds
  • Glass-filled rubies

Additional Useful Information

  • Customs (Tariff) Act, 1975
  • Customs Act, 1962
  • Export-Import Policy

 

Use of Amazon Trademarks

If you are using the PWA Service for transactions involving Kindle and Kindle Accessories, then only this Section will be applicable to you.

All transactions for Kindle and Kindle Accessories products must comply with our Fair Use and Compatibility Guidelines. Under these guidelines, you may use the words Amazon, AmazonKindle, or Kindle (but not the Amazon Logo or other Amazon-owned graphic or logo) in any referential phrase to describe that the product you're offering is compatible with Amazon's product or service.

For example, you have a unique cover that fits the Kindle device that you are naming "Joe's Cover." You may use phrasing in connection with your description of the product such as "fits Kindle," is "for Kindle," or "works with Kindle." For example, any of the following would be acceptable: Joe's Cover fits Kindle devices, Joe's Cover for Kindle, Joe's Cover works with Kindle products, Joe's Covers – available for Kindle now!

Sellers should not claim Amazon, Amazon Kindle, or Kindle as part of their product name. Accordingly, product descriptions that include terms such as Joe's Kindle Cover, Kindle Cover by Joe or Joe Kindle Covers are not acceptable.

Likewise, phonetic equivalents, foreign language equivalents, takeoffs, abbreviations, or variations of an Amazon trademark – even if clever – should not be used for any purpose. Nor should an Amazon brand be combined with any other non-Amazon brand. For example, terms such as: KindleRiver, Kandle, Amazone Kyndle, Apple Kindle, iKindle Touch, or Kindle Windows are not acceptable.

You shall not use the Amazon Logo or any other Amazon graphic symbol, logo, or icon on or in connection with web sites, products, packaging, manuals, promotional/advertising materials, or for any other purpose except pursuant to an express written trademark license from Amazon. If you are interested in using any of Amazon's logos or graphics in connection with any of your Kindle and Kindle Accessories products, please email trademarks@amazon.com to discuss becoming a licensee under the Kindle Compatible program.

Consequences for Violations

Violations of Amazon's policies on transactions relating to Kindle and Kindle Accessories may result in actions, including, but not limited to suspension and termination of PWA Services.

Amazon reserves the right to make judgments in its sole discretion about whether or not a product is appropriate.

 

Medical Devices & Accessories

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Products that require a prescription or a medical professional's supervision or direction for their use
  • Products that have been altered to change the product's performance or safety specifications
  • Products that present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness
  • Products that have passed their expiration or "use by" dates
  • Scheduled, restricted or banned medical equipment
  • Products claiming that the same is intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in humans unless the claim is cleared or approved by regulatory authorities
  • Products that are adulterated, spurious or misbranded
  • Used and refurbished medical devices
  • Other medical equipment or drugs that require prescription or are not approved for over the counter sale.

Additional Useful Information

 

Offensive Products

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Use of PWA Service for transactions in relation to items that Amazon deems offensive is prohibited.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views
  • Crime scene photographs
  • Morgue or autopsy photographs
  • Human body parts
  • Products retrieved from a disaster or tragedy site
  • Videos, sound or other recordings taken without the subject's permission
  • List of goods related to terrorist activities including sale of images or items relating to current criminals, prisoners or any terrorist outfits, etc.,
  • Any product that does not comply with the Prohibited Content standards

 

Other

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Products

  • Embargoed Goods
  • Products that are identified as "not for distribution within India, " Products that infringe upon an individual's privacy, such as display of marketing lists and personal information
  • Real property or real estate
  • Government documents, identification, birth certificates, passports and licenses or sale of any documents relating to mass transportation, rail, air, etc.,
  • Government and transit uniforms, security uniforms, transport uniforms, commercial uniforms, IDs and Licenses, police and other security forces badges and uniforms
  • Domain names
  • Gift cards (except retail gift cards for which authorization from the RBI has been obtained)
  • Products intended to be used to produce an illegal product or undertake an illegal activity
  • Database lists of names, addresses, email addresses, personal information and mailings lists of any kind
  • Plants, such as:
    • Plants or seeds designated by the Indian government as "noxious"
    • Illegal plants or seeds

Related Amazon Help Pages

 

Postage Meters & Stamps

All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Postage meters
  • Counterfeit stamps
  • Equipment designed to create counterfeit stamps

Additional Useful Information

Indian Penal Code, 1860

 

Recalled Products

Because Amazon wants to ensure that transactions made using the PWA Services for products offered on your website are safe, transaction in relation to such products recalled by the manufacturer or by any government agency is prohibited.

 

Sexual Wellness

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Products that portray nudity in a gratuitous or graphic manner
  • Sexual health products
  • Sexual aid devices
  • Adult-only novelty items

 

Stolen Property & Lock Picking Devices

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Products where the serial number has been removed or altered
  • Lock picking or locksmithing devices, such as:
    • Autolock bypass keys or jigglers
    • Digital decoders
    • Lock picking cards and lock picking guns
    • Lock picking sets
    • Slim-jims
    • Tension bars
    • Try-out keys
    • Tubular lock picks
  • Devices designed to duplicate a key
  • Code grabbing devices
  • Master keys or skeleton keys

Additional Useful Information

Indian Penal Code, 1860

 

Surveillance Equipment

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Devices that are primarily useful for the purpose of the surreptitious interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications (i.e., eavesdropping or wiretapping), such as:
    • Bugging devices
    • Wiretapping devices
    • Audio-only or audio/video devices that are disguised to look like something that is not designed to record sound
  • Devices used for hacking, descrambling, or otherwise obtaining unauthorized access to wire, electronic, or other types of communication
  • Devices designed to facilitate the surreptitious viewing or recording of individuals for sexual purposes

Additional Useful Information

  • Information Technology Act, 2000
  • The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885
  • Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860

 

Tobacco & Tobacco-Related Products

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Tobacco, or any product that contains tobacco, such as:
    • Cigarettes
    • Cigars
    • Smokeless tobacco
    • Dipping tobacco
    • Blunt wraps
  • Electronic cigarettes and related products, such as:
    • E-cigarettes
    • Electronic pipes
    • Electronic cigars
    • Nicotine nebulizers and similar products
    • Accessories for such products, such as:
      • New and replacement cartridges
      • Atomizers
      • Smoke juice or similar refill liquids
    • Nicotine inhalers or nasal sprays

Additional Useful Information

  • Customs (Tariff) Act, 1975
  • Customs Act, 1962
  • Export-Import Policy
  • Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition Of Advertisement And Regulation Of Trade And Commerce, Production, Supply And Distribution) Act, 2003

 

Weapons

Reminder: All transactions involving availing of PWA Services must comply with all laws and regulations.

Examples of Prohibited Transactions involving products such as:

  • Guns, such as:
    • Antique and collectible guns
    • Automatic guns
    • Black powder guns
    • Muzzleloader
    • Rifles, shotguns, pistols
    • Sport and hunting guns
    • Starter guns
    • Zip guns
  • Ammunition, such as:
    • Black powder
    • Blanks
    • Bullet tips
    • Gun powder
  • Gun parts and accessories, such as:
    • Barrels
    • Camouflaging gun containers
    • Chokes
    • Converters that can give a gun automatic capability
    • Firing pins
    • Frames, such as components
    • Kits that can be used to create gun magazines
    • Magazines
    • Multi-burst trigger activators
    • Parts or accessories related to assault weapons
    • Receivers, such as components
    • Silencers
    • Trigger assemblies
  • Knives, such as:
    • Automatic knives
    • Claws
    • Knives disguised to look like harmless items, such as:
      • Air gauge knives
      • Belt buckle knives
      • Lipstick case knives
      • Writing pen knives
    • Shobi-zue
    • "Slasher" knives or other devices used in cockfighting
    • Switchblade knives, such as:
      • Butterfly knives
      • Gravity-assisted knives
      • Spring-loaded knives
    • Swords, such as cane-swords and swordsticks
  • Explosives
  • Other prohibited items:
    • Billy clubs, billystick, truncheon, nightstick, paddy wacker, batons and weighted clubs
    • Body armor
    • Certain martial arts items, such as:
      • Brass, plastic or metal knuckles
      • Leaded cane/staff/crutch/stick
      • Nunchaku (also known as num chucks)
      • Sandclubs, sandbags, or slungshots (also known as saps or blackjacks)
      • Zoobox (also known as clackers or kung fu sticks)
      • Throwing stars (also known as surikens)
    • Mace (also known as tear gas)
    • Tasers
    • Weapons designed to be concealed
    • Weapons or other items intended solely for law enforcement or military use

Additional Useful Information

  • The Arms Act, 1959.
  • Customs (Tariff) Act, 1975
  • Customs Act, 1962
  • Export-Import Policy

 

Books / Pamphlets/ Booklets/ Periodicals/ Films

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Indicative list of Banned Books

English

Hindu Heaven, Max Wylie (1934)
The Face of Mother India, Katherine Mayo (1936)
Old Soldier Sahib, Frank Richards (1936)
The Land of the Lingam, Arthur Miles, (1937)
Mysterious India, Moki Singh (1940)
The Scented Garden (Anthropology of the Sex Life in the Levant), Bernhard Stern, translated by David Berger (1945)
What has Religion done for Mankind, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1955)
Rama Retold, Aubrey Menon (1955)
Dark Urge, Robert W. Taylor (1955)
The Ramayana, Aubrey Menon (1956)
Captive Kashmir, Aziz Beg (1958)
The Heart of India, Alexander Campbell (1959)
The Lotus and the Robot, Arthur Koestler (1960)
Nine Hours to Rama, Stanley Wolpert (1962)
Unarmed Victory, Bertrand Russell (1963)
Nepal, Toni Hagen (1963)
Ayesha, Kurt Frishchler, translated by Norman Denny (1963)
Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1964)
The Jewel in the Lotus (A Historical Survey of the Sexual Culture of the East), Allen Edwards (1968)
The Evolution of the British Empire and Commonwealth from the Americal Revolution, Alfred Le Ray Burt (1969)
A Struggle between two lines over the question of How to Deal with U.S.Imperialism, Fan Asid-Chu (1969)
Man from Moscow, Greville Wynne (1970)
Early Islam, Desmond Steward (1975)
Nehru – A Political Biography, Michael Edwards (1975)
India Independent, Charles Bettelheim (1976)
China's Foreign Relations Since 1949, Alan Lawrence (1978)
Who killed Gandhi, Lourenco De Sadvandor (1979)
Understanding Islam through Hadis, Ram Swarup (1982)
Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim, Sunanda Datta-Ray (1984)
The Satanic verses, Salman Rushdie (1988)
Soft Target: How the Indian Intelligence Service Penetrated Canada, Zuhair Kashmeri & Brian McAndrew (1989)
The Polyester Prince, Hamish McDonald (1998)
The True Furqan, "Al Saffee" and "Al Mahdee" (1999)
Islam – A Concept of Political World Invasion, RV Bhasin (2007 – Maharashtra)
Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India, Joseph Lelyveld (2011 – Gujarat)

Hindi

Rangila Rasul, Pt. Chamupati (1927)

Urdu

Angaray, Sajjad Zaheer (1932)
Pakistan-Pasmanzarwa Peshmanzar, Hameed Anwar (1950)
Cease-fire, Agha Baba (1950)
Kkak aur Khoon, Nazim Hajazi (1950)
Chandramohini (1952)
Marka-e-Somnath, Maulana Muhammad Sadiq Hussain Sahab Sadiq Siddiqui Sardanvi (1952)
Hamara Kashmir (newspaper) (1954)
Daily Jang (newspaper) (1963)
Bang (periodical) (1963)

Bengali

Lajja, Taslima Nasrin (1993)
Dwikhondito, Taslima Nasrin (2003 – West Bengal)

Gujarati

Bhupat Singh, Kaluwank Ravatwank (1954)

Punjabi

Lalkar (weekly) (1971)

Tamil

Desabhimani (newspaper) (1963)
Theepori (newspaper) (1968)

Indicative list of Banned Pamphlets/Booklets/Periodicals

Behind the Iron Curtain in Kashmir: Neutral Opinion (1949)
The Kashmir Dispute Through Neutral Eyes (1949)
American Military Aid to Pakistan (Its full implication), Salahuddin Ahmed (1954)
The Muslim World – A Weekly Review of the Motamar (1964)
Goan Voice (1964)
Eastern Horizon (1968)
Revolution (1968)
Chinese Literature, No.11/67 and No.12/67 (1969)
The Call (1971)
The Vanguard (1971)
Making the Modern World – Asia – Food and People, Barry Williams (1972)

Banned Articles

"Codijah the First and Devoted Wife of Mahomet" written and illustrated by F.Matania, R.I, Britannia and Eve, July 1946 (1946)

Other languages

(Portuguese) Noticias De Portugal – Boletin Semanal Do Secretriado Nacional Da Informacao (bulletin) (1963)
(Korean) Korea News (periodical) (1963)
(Lushai) Ramthar (weekly) (1964)
(Portuguese) Noticia (newspaper) (1966)
(Portuguese) Noticias de Macau (newspaper) (1966)

Indicative list of Banned Films

Nights of Paris (1952)
Nine Hours to Rama (1963)
Kissa Kursi Ka (1970)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Ore Oru Gramathile (1987 – Tamil Nadu)
The Bengali Night (1988)
Kutrapathirikkai (1991 but released in 2007 after many cuts)
City of Joy (1992 – West Bengal)
Bandit Queen (1994)
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Bawandar (2000)
Jang aur Aman by Anand Patwardhan (2002)
Gulabi Aaina (2003)
Paanch (2003)
Final Solution (2004)
Hava Aney Dey (2004)
Amu (2005 but released in 2007 after extensive cuts)
Water (2005)
The Da Vinci Code (2006 – Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Goa, Andhra Pradesh)
Fanaa (2006 – Gujarat)
Parzania (2007 – Gujarat)
Arakshan (2011 – Uttar Pradesh)
Dam 999 (2011 – Tamil Nadu)
Khankimagi (2011 – Andhra Pradesh)

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