Extended Producer Responsibility Eco Tax on Amazon

Extended Producer Responsibility Eco Tax on Amazon

There’s new legislation coming in that you need to be aware of from the 1st of January 2022 known as Extended Producer Responsibility. You’ll be dismayed to hear it equates to little more than yet another tax on everything you sell and the eco tax is starting on the 1st of January in France and the 1st of July in Germany… with other countries to follow. Eventually, pretty much everything will be taxed including packaging.

Extended Producer Responsibility is an environmental policy that holds the party who first places an EPR-applicable product in the country (also known as the “producer”) responsible to mitigate the environmental impacts of their product for its entire life cycle from design to the end of its life (including waste collection, treatment and customer take-back).

In addition to registration, you must declare your sales (of products covered by the different EPR categories) and pay eco-contributions to the respective Producer Responsibility Organisation for the applicable reporting period. Furthermore, for specific EPR applicable products, you must provide customers with a take-back option (Take-Back Programme).

In theory, you can pass the tax back to your manufacture to pay and get their EPR number, but in many cases the likelihood of this is that you’ll end up paying.

At this stage on Amazon, you can only add a LUCID number for Germany packaging. While you must be registered if you sell products in other EPR product categories, you can’t submit the registration number in Seller Central yet… which will not be fun as the 1st of January and French EPR responsibility is just days away! Amazon will keep you updated in 2022 on when you can submit additional registration numbers for other EPR categories or countries.

Extended Producer Responsibility on Amazon for France and Germany

If you sell in Germany or France, you can now add your Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) number to the EPR Compliance Portal in Amazon Seller Central starting December 15, 2021, for packaging in Germany and from 2022 for WEEE in Germany and all EPR product categories in France.

Germany

In Germany, if you can’t prove your compliance with EPR to Amazon, they they will be legally obliged to suspend your non-compliant listings under EPR product categories: Packaging (effective July 1, 2022) and Electric and Electronic Equipment listings (effective January 1, 2023).

The first German EPR categories are:

  • Packaging
  • Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE)
  • Batteries

France

In France, non-compliant listings will be suspended, and Amazon will recover the cost of your eco-contributions.

The first French EPR categories are:

  • Packaging
  • Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE)
  • Batteries
  • Furniture
  • Tyres
  • Paper
  • Textile
  • Chemicals
  • Medical piercing equipment for auto-treatment

Add your EPR registration number on the EPR Compliance Portal in Amazon Seller Central

  1. Go to EPR Compliance Portal Germany
  2. Fill in your EPR registration number (LUCID number for packaging in Germany)
  3. Click on Submit
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Comments

When are the French bits being enforced from? This is a death blow to us. We can't afford even more taxes. Profit margins are already tight. So once this is enforced we will just stop selling in the EU via Amazon :(

andrewnewby • 6th January 2022 •

Just stop selling to EU. Sadly that’s the conclusion we came to months ago. Obviously profits and turnover are down but on the other hand there are no more worries about deliveries (especially in France and Italy where most of our problems have traditionally occurred). Interestingly we are are now seeing a few Indian and Chinese buyers appearing on other platforms - hopefully these markets will expand and prove profitable in time.

Jonty • 6th January 2022 •