As of January 1, 2019: New German Packaging Act

From 1 January 2019, the new German Packaging Act (VerpackG) will replace the current German Packaging Ordinance. For operators of small online shops selling on the German market, particularly, this will entail important questions and requirements regarding sales packaging and secondary packaging, transport packaging and packaging materials. But terms like “mandatory participation”, “mandatory registration” and the newly created “Central Packaging Registry” (Zentrale Stelle) need to be clarified. To enable you to stay on top of these issues surrounding the new law, we have summarized the most important information here.

First of all: the new German Packaging Act 2019 (VerpackG) applies to all distributors who put packaging into commercial circulation on the German market for the first time (referred to as “manufacturers”) – i.e. both for national producers and for importers, online dealers, etc. The act contains some new regulations and duties or their modification.

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