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 conveniently shipped to their homes. Among the most popular goods are items of clothing, often including sustainable clothing – this includes fair fashion, organic products as well as second-hand clothing.

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 packaging license 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).
Especially at Christmas time it becomes clear why packaging waste in Germany is increasing yearly. This year the trend is additionally strengthened by the current COVID restrictions: Consumers buy more and more products up to their front door. But this is not only a problem in Germany: The increasing waste is also becoming visible in other EU countries – and at the expense of the environment.
International shipping is an important economic growth factor, especially for the e-commerce sector. The EU has also recognized this and will adjust its tax regulations accordingly from July 2021. In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) or the German Packaging Ordinance (DSGVO), for example, retailers will be subject to additional obligations as soon as they ship products to end consumers in other EU countries. In summer 2021, the VAT-eCommerce Package decided by the EU Commission in 2017 will be introduced.
It is one of the three obligations of the German Packaging Act (VerpackG), valid since 01.01.2019: The registration with LUCID. Behind the LUCID packaging register is the authority Central Agency Packaging Register, which checks the correct compliance with the specifications of the VerpackG. Often companies, which have to comply with the Packaging Act, are not completely or incorrectly registered. How is the registration fully completed? What has to be considered? You can find answers and an overview of your obligations here.
Since the beginning of 2019, the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) has made companies that bring so-called sales packaging into circulation more accountable for the waste generated in this way. However, the implementation of these obligations continues to cause confusion for many companies. One of the reasons for it are the numerous, formal-legal terms, which are in the law text, which one cannot avoid for the correct default fulfilment however. One of these terms is the already mentioned term "sales packaging": What exactly is hidden behind it? Which packagings belong to it? And which not?
In addition to the new obligations introduced by the German Packaging Act (VerpackG), the law also introduced many new terms, which often do not explain themselves at first glance. One of these terms is the so-called "sales packaging": Initial distributors are obligated to license the sales packaging they put into circulation for a fee through system participation and thus to co-finance the disposal and recycling process of the packaging waste arising from this.

Within the framework of the German Packaging Act (VerpackG), no company concerned can avoid dealing with the term and definition of so-called sales packaging. After all, it is the packaging that is the subject of the obligation to participate in the system as defined in the law, according to which the initial commercial distributors of the sales packaging in question are obliged to license it annually and thus ensure its recycling.
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