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Amazon Further Tightens Liability-Insurance Rules for Small Sellers

Amazon Further Tightens Liability-Insurance Rules for Small Sellers

Amazon is tightening its liability insurance policy for low-volume sellers. Previously, Amazon required sellers to obtain commercial liability insurance plans with deductibles up to $10,000. Now, sellers whose gross sales are $1 million or less may not have any deductible as of June 27, 2022.

That means small sellers will incur greater costs, since no-deductible insurance plans usually come with higher premiums.

Sellers expressed frustration at the policy change that will take effect 7 days after the announcement. “How can they change the rules on the deductible at this late stage? People have obtained policies as per the specifics laid out by Amazon a few months ago,” one seller wrote in response.

“My thoughts exactly,” another seller replied, “does this mean every seller that has uploaded a COI that was verified needs to have its policy rewritten to comply with this? And by June 27???”

The change follows a tightening of the requirements for small sellers last fall, which you can read about in this AuctionBytes Blog post (“Small Sellers Getting Sucked into Amazon Insurance Mandate”).

The following is the announcement Amazon posted on Monday, June 20, 2022:

Updates to the Commercial Liability Insurance Program Policy
Effective June 27, 2022, our United States Commercial Liability Insurance Program policy will be updated with the following changes:

  • Your policy can include a deductible if (i) your gross proceeds from sales of your products in the Amazon.com store exceed USD 1 million in the last 12 months, and (ii) the deductible is listed on your Certificate of Insurance;
  • For single-member LLCs, the insured name can match either your legal entity name or the name you publicly use to identify your business (“trade name,” “doing business as,” or “DBA”);

Go to the ‘frequently asked questions’ section on the Business Insurance page for guidance on how to get commercial liability insurance.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

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  1. Well, this probably means that all Insurance policies renewing after June 27th. Question I have this is for USA Sellers. What are the Insurance Policy Requirements for Chinese Sellers – LOL?

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