German producer responsibility extends compliance, starting June 15, 2022, Amazon will block non-compliant products. Two major points of compliance: registration compliance and packaging compliance. After submitting the EPR number, it shows a valid proof that Amazon has completed the review.
The following is an email from Amazon received by a seller who successfully registered the German packaging law.
The German Statutory Packaging Act is a mandatory law that compels manufacturers or sellers to sell products containing packaging for the first time, including outer packaging, final retail packaging, single-use containers/containers used in the catering industry, transport packaging materials, etc. Registration and license required. In the Packaging Act, sellers must declare the packaging material, type and weight they sell.
Moreover, the new "Packaging Law" clearly stipulates that transport packaging is also packaging, so now online retailers must also register packaging and pay license fees. It also means that online sellers will pass this fee on to consumers.
In addition, if the seller fails to register with the new German packaging law as required by the regulations, and recycle the outer packaging of their discarded products as required. They will face penalties from relevant market supervision departments, including but not limited to serious consequences such as customs seizure, product recall, commodity destruction, and store sales restrictions.
1. What products are covered by the new German packaging law?
The new German packaging law, which was officially implemented in 2019, mainly applies to all manufacturers and/or retailers that are obliged to register under the new packaging law, including cross-border e-commerce/online retailers. Cross-border e-commerce platforms such as AliExpress, Amazon, eBay, and Wish are also subject to the new packaging law.
2. What else should the seller pay attention to after registering?
After the registration is completed, the seller will receive an " environmental code ". Once sellers have received the Environmental Code, they must electronically submit a full statement and associated audit report to Zentralestelle by May 15 of each year.
In order to increase the transparency of e-commerce sellers in fulfilling their product responsibility, the German central agency has been given an independent task. According to the relevant provisions of Article 26 of the Packaging Law, the central authority is responsible for the registration of manufacturers, receipts and reports of verification data of manufacturers and systems. At the same time, central agencies need to inform all legally obligated sellers of these obligations and ensure they can meet them with as little administrative work as possible.
3. Is the new German packaging law registered by store or by brand?
Registration does not match the store or brand. EU importers should complete the registration before the product is shipped to Germany. For example, if a store sells multiple products and has multiple EU importers, then these EU importers are obliged to complete the packaging registration. Sellers who buy from importers and sell to German online and offline sellers do not need to re-register.
The registration time of the German Packaging Law is 1-2 days. Those who have not registered yet, hurry up and register. It is now May and June, and the time is almost up. I am anxious for you, hurry up and register. .
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