EPR Germany: Find the fastest and cheapest solution
What you need to know about EPR in Germany as an International seller
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy that makes producers responsible for their products during the entire life cycle. The concept behind EPR is that companies should bear responsibility for their products from production to disposal in order to preserve resources. Governments are establishing legal regulations to encourage companies to take appropriate action. The goals of EPR include sustainable product design, minimizing resource use in production, packaging, transportation etc., and ensuring proper disposal, recycling or other recovery when the product is no longer used.
Since the start of 2022, online platforms and marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay need to collect the EPR registration numbers of all merchants that sell their products to Germany.
Who is affected by EPR in Germany?
What are the duties?
Affected businesses are obliged to fulfill all legal EPR requirements. This includes mainly:
- Register your business in an official registry to get an EPR registration number
- Join a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) and report your affected volumes
- Pay an eco-contribution based on your annual volumes per EPR category
- for marketplace merchants in Germany (Amazon, eBay, etc.): enter your EPR registration number on the platform
EPR categories in Germany
There are some EPR categories that are relevant for international merchants. Each EPR category has its own law that defines legal obligations that producers/importers need to fulfill. Depending on the type of products you sell in Germany, you are obliged to comply with the regulations for the associated EPR category.
All materials of packaged products put on the German market including the primary packaging of the products and any additional packaging for shipping (boxes, bubble wrap and other filling material).
There are 3 types of batteries in Germany: portable batteries (consumer products, can be hand-carried), industrial batteries (only industrial, commercial or agricultural purposes) and automotive batteries.
Get your German EPR registration number for packaging
Amazon already asks international merchants for a German EPR registration number for packaging. eBay will follow soon and will also demand this registration number from you. This will be a condition to be able to sell in Germany. We will show you step by step what you need to do to become fully compliant with the German law and to avoid bans from Amazon or eBay in Germany.
To fulfill Amazon’s requirements regarding EPR in Germany, Amazon has created a new area in the Sellercentral account. On a new compliance dashboard, merchants can provide all EPR information in one place.
Navigate to the country Germany and enter your LUCID registration number for the EPR category packaging by 01.07.2022.
Start the comparison of all German Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO) also known as “dual systems” by typing in the quantities of packaging materials that you ship to Germany per year. You will then see the prices and all terms and conditions for all providers. From this list, you can choose the best offer.
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