Have you heard of Verpackungsgesetz – VerpackG?
|Changes are afoot with packaging.|
A new law went into effect on January 1, 2019. It is called the German Packaging Act (mentioned in the first sentence). It is more strict and there are no exceptions, no minimums. There is no grace period for transition, and there are serious repercussions for non-compliance.
“No thresholds for registering and reporting“
Shipping just one item to Germany requires registration with their newly created agency translated as "Central Packaging Registry." Failure to register can result in a fine up to $57,000 (50,000 💶) and a ban on selling there.
They do not care about the item, but rather its packaging. Germany has a mandatory "dual system" recycling "scheme." You must be a participant in one of their approved recycling systems.
Can they really enforce this?
If you send an item into Germany, it is simply a matter of their checking to see if you are on the registry. If you are not, they can confiscate the item or even levy fines.
Here it is from a FAQ from the German government (translation is a little rough):
By the time the new law VerpackG comes into force... you also have to register with the new “Central Packaging Registry”– you have to do this before you dispatch anything to the German market for the first time. This is because you are definitely not permitted to put into circulation packaging not properly registered. The mandatory registration applies to corporations as well as small retailers. You can apply for the requisite registration number under https://www.verpackungsregister.org
Note that the governmental authority specifically mentions that "small retailers" are not exempt.
If you are selling or otherwise putting into circulation goods via your online shop on the German market, you have to arrange for your sales packaging and secondary packaging to participate in a dual system. The latter will in return arrange for the collection and the recovery of the packaging after use.
|It is said that more countries will be regulating packaging|
Their goals is to have every bit of packaging coming into Germany to be part of this mandatory recycling program. Even German sellers are having a hard time obtaining a license. The fines are steep.
Sadly, for small US sellers the expense and difficulty are such that you may no longer be able to ship there.
EBay recommends compliance.
EBay recommends compliance.
For those who sell packaged goods to end consumers in Germany it is high noon: they have to adapt to the new packaging law... Affected are all so-called initial distributors of packaging, which typically end up at the private end consumer. These can be manufacturers, online dealers and distributors of packaged goods of all kinds... [note the "packaging" is the issue here].
If you are not convinced, here is an excerpt from a legal site: