Extended Producer Responsibility in 2022: What Amazon Sellers Need to Know?
Extended producer responsibility is coming into effect on the Amazon marketplace in 2022. This means that all “producers” and sellers will have to follow restrictions and rules to continue selling on the marketplace.
What is a “producer”?
Your business is classified as a producer if you manufacture, import, or sell any product subject to EPR requirements in France and Germany. It is possible that the EPR rules will extend to other European countries in the next few years.
What do you need to do?
If you are a manufacturer of products that will be subject to EPR regulations, you will need to provide Amazon with EPR registration numbers for each product.
If you are a seller, you will be required to provide the EPR registration numbers for applicable products being sold in France and Germany.
If you are a seller but cannot obtain EPR registration numbers from your supplier, you will need to register your products with your Producer Responsibility Organisation to acquire registration numbers.
If you operate in both France and Germany, you will need to provide the EPR registration codes to both Amazon.de and Amazon.fr.
How much does it cost to become EPR compliant?
The cost will vary depending upon the category of products you sell, and the number of categories your products fall under.
Eco-contributions are calculated based on the number of sales and the number of EPR categories.
Each country will have slightly different definitions of product categories, in particular electronics and batteries.
For the most accurate information, check with the relevant regulatory bodies.
Other noteworthy information
If you already meet EPR requirements, you will still need to provide Amazon with the EPR registration numbers.
Both FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) and direct shipping sellers will be required to comply with EPR.