With the amendment of the German Packaging Act coming into effect on 3 July 2021, a number of things have changed for merchants and producers. Online trade in particular is affected by the new requirements. But the amendment also brings changes for distributors of transport packaging that must be considered. In the following article we inform you in detail about these changes
Transport packaging is used to transport goods between individual trading partners and is generally used in the B2B (business-to-business) sector. They protect products from damage, weather influences and help to ensure that the products can be transported safely. How is packaging that is used for transport classified within the German Packaging Act? What do companies have to consider when taking back transport packaging? We share an overview with you and answer the most important questions.
Every year, rivers, wind and rain wash several million tonnes of carelessly disposed plastic waste into the oceans. Already in the summer of 2019, the EU enacted the Directive (EU) 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Single-Use Plastics Directive - EWKRL). Now it has been transposed into German law as of 03 July 2021. From this date, numerous single-use plastic products are banned both in Germany and in the EU.
Roughly two-and-a-half years after its initial enactment, the first Amendment of the German Packaging Act has now become law. Many of its changes affect merchants who distribute their goods to private customers. They now need to comply with more stringent versions of existing registration, proof and record-keeping duties. Other changes to the Act affect wholesale traders who place transport packaging on the market. What are the details of the changes introduced by the Packaging Act Amendment and what action do you need to take as an affected business? We have summarised the key information below.
The German Packaging Act (VerpackG) entered into force in January 2019. Since that date, some 200,000 companies have now registered their details in the official LUCID database. Yet many businesses are still not fulfilling their duties when it comes to product responsibility. To address this problem, the Federal Environment Ministry proposed an amendment to the Act in autumn 2020. In this post, we provide you with a detailed explanation of what these changes mean, with a focus on marketplaces and fulfilment service providers.
International shipping is an important economic growth factor, especially for the e-commerce sector. The EU has also recognized this and has therefore adjusted its tax regulations accordingly since July 2021. In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) or the German Packaging Ordinance (DSGVO), for example, retailers are now subject to additional obligations as soon as they ship products to end consumers in other EU countries.
With the Packaging Act (VerpackG), the German federal government passed a new law on January 1st, 2019 that regulates the disposal and recycling of packaging waste. For retailers in Great Britain who do business with German customers and send goods to Germany, some obligations have to be fulfilled. What do companies have to consider under the German Packaging Act in the UK? We have put together the most important information for you.
Etsy is an online marketplace for unusual products on which a number of vendors sell handmade and creative goods. Fashion, jewelry, cosmetic products, art, photography, toys and used goods can be discovered and purchased on the platform. Etsy sellers usually sell for commercial purposes and are small business owners. Accordingly, the rules of the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) apply when shipping their products to private end customers in Germany, which imposes certain obligations on the sellers.
Retailers on the Amazon marketplace can choose to ship the goods they sell to customers on their own – or use FBA. FBA stands for Fulfilment by Amazon (or officially: Fulfilled by Amazon). This means that the marketplace retailer makes its products available to the major retailer Amazon. In the event of a sale, the mail-order giant ships the items – usually with the benefits of Amazon Prime service that are popular with customers. Of course, the additional service creates some Amazon FBA Costs for the marketplace participant. How expensive is shipping through Amazon? We summarized all the important information for you.
Since the Packaging Act (VerpackG) came into force at the beginning of 2019, companies that put sales packaging into circulation have been obliged to meet various requirements at different times. This can quickly lead to confusion: Which obligation must be fulfilled by when? What do companies have to do only once, what recurrently? We clarify and show: This is what your license year looks like.
All kinds of goods are sold on the Internet by numerous small, large and international online stores. Customers can purchase all products imaginable and have them convenient-ly shipped to their homes. Among the most popular goods are items of clothing, often including sustainable clothing.

Just as big companies, small stores and solo self-employed people have to take a few things into account to ensure that the shipping of goods is also resource-friendly – there is a need for action, particularly with regard to the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) for small businesses. We have compiled the most important information for you.
Since 2019, the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) obliges all initial distributors of sales packaging (product, service and shipping packaging) to comply with three obligations. These must take place at two different points: at a dual system of choice and in the LUCID reporting register, provided by the Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR).
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