# EPR Compliance

Extended
Producer
Responsibility

Starting in 2022, if you want to sell goods in France/Germany, the cross-border e-commerce platform will be obliged to verify that you meet the requirements of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the country where you are selling your goods. Therefore, the cross-border platform will collect and verify your EPR registration number.

It does not matter if your business is a start-up or a multinational; manufacture or individual seller. If you sell in Germany/ France then the EPR laws apply to you. The focus of EPR laws is to improve recycling rates and reduce waste.

What is
Extended
Producer
Responsibility?

EPR stands for Extended Producer Responsibilities. It is a local national and regional environmental policy that requires producers to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of the goods they put on the market, from their ecological design, to waste prevention, to extending their useful life and managing their end of life (including waste collection and disposal).

  • Packaging
  • Paper
  • EEE
  • Tires
  • Textile
  • Batteries
  • Furnitures
  • And More…

Determining whether you are a producer and need to comply with EPR regulations

A producer is the first party to place goods in a country/region (Germany or France) that need to comply with the extended producer responsibility requirements.

  • if you manufacture goods in the respective country/region that require compliance with the extended producer responsibility requirements
  • if you import into the respective country/region goods that are subject to the extended producer responsibility requirements
  • if you sell goods subject to extended producer responsibility requirements in the respective country/region and you are not incorporated in that country/region.

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  • Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy that requires producers to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of the goods they put on the market, i.e. from the design of the goods to the end of their life cycle (including waste collection and disposal). From 2022 onwards, if you are selling goods in France/Germany, the cross-border e-commerce platform will be obliged to verify compliance with the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) requirements in the country where you are selling your goods. The cross-border platform will therefore collect and verify your EPR registration number.
  • The German EPR consists of 3 categories: packaging, electrical and electronic equipment, and batteries.


    The French EPR consists of 7 categories: packaging, electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, furniture, tyres, paper and textiles. According to the requirements, sellers only need to register the categories of goods they have for sale in France. If your product is related to batteries in addition to packaging, then you will also need to register for the EPR for batteries; if your product is not only related to batteries but also to electronic equipment, then you will need to register for the 3 categories of the EPR: packaging, batteries and WEEE.


    The French packaging EPR application is different from the German one. The German packaging law is applied for by applying for a Verpack number on the official German website and paying a recycling fee proportional to the weight of the product, whereas the French packaging regulations are different: the French packaging recycling is a fixed fee, divided according to the number of packages actually sold, regardless of the size and weight of the product. The actual amount of packaging sold is declared by February of the following year and the cost of recycling the excess product is paid.

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