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Amazon requires EPR Registrations for sales in France and Germany

Amazon has notified all selling parties on its platform that in case of sales in France and/or Germany, Amazon will require EPR registrations and registration numbers to prove those.

Policy Amazon regarding Extended Producer Responsibility

Starting in 2022, if you sell in France and/or Germany, Amazon will be obliged to confirm that you are Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) compliant in the country you sell. Amazon will therefore collect and validate your EPR registration number(s). During Q4 2021, Amazon will share the link to upload the EPR registration number(s). If you cannot prove your EPR compliance to Amazon, the following actions can be expected:

For Germany, Amazon will be obliged to suspend your non-compliant listings under EPR product categories:

  • Packaging – all listings from July 1, 2022.
  • Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) – all listings falling under EEE from January 1, 2023.

For France, Amazon is waiting for more information from French regulators. Amazon will communicate this information at a later stage.

New obligations for Amazon and other online marketplaces

The reasoning behind this decision is that online marketplaces have to assume EPR obligations of unregistered third party sellers and provide information about registered sellers. Amazon requires the registration numbers since (obviously) they don’t want to pay for third party compliance. Other online marketplaces will probably follow Amazon’s lead.

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Source: Amazon

16 Sep 2021 at 9:22 am
3 min
Published by:
Joris te Pas
Environmental Compliance Specialist
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