Rücknahme von Transportverpackungen wie Paletten, Kartons und Folien

What is trans­port pack­a­ging?

Trans­port pack­a­ging dif­fers from con­ven­tio­nal sales pack­a­ging in that it usual­ly doesn’t end up as was­te with the final con­su­mer, but remains with the retail­er. For this reason, trans­port pack­a­ging is not sub­ject to man­da­to­ry par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on. It is used exclu­si­ve­ly for the trans­port of goods from busi­ness to busi­ness (B2B). Unli­ke pack­a­ging sub­ject to man­da­to­ry par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, trans­port pack­a­ging does not have to be licen­sed by a dual sys­tem.

Howe­ver, the Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act sti­pu­la­tes that trans­port pack­a­ging put into cir­cu­la­ti­on must be taken back free of char­ge in the same man­ner, size and form as the pro­du­cer put it into cir­cu­la­ti­on, at the actu­al point of sale or in the imme­dia­te vici­ni­ty the­reof. For the final dis­tri­bu­tor, this take-back obli­ga­ti­on is limi­t­ed to trans­port pack­a­ging of goods that are part of the distributor’s pro­duct ran­ge. In any case, the­re is a take-back obli­ga­ti­on for trans­port pack­a­ging.

What are the spe­ci­fic obli­ga­ti­ons for trans­port pack­a­ging under the Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act?

In addi­ti­on to spe­ci­fic take-back and reco­very obli­ga­ti­ons, trans­port pack­a­ging is sub­ject to fur­ther obli­ga­ti­ons, which are regu­la­ted and defi­ned in Sec­tion 15 of the Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act (Ver­packG).

Regis­tra­ti­on with LUCID

The amend­ment to the Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act, which came into force on 3 July 2021, defi­nes new obli­ga­ti­ons for initi­al dis­tri­bu­tors of trans­port pack­a­ging. From 1 July 2022, dis­tri­bu­tors of pack­a­ging that is not sub­ject to man­da­to­ry par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, such as trans­port pack­a­ging, must regis­ter with the LUCID Pack­a­ging Regis­ter. Pro­du­cers who had alre­a­dy regis­tered their pack­a­ging sub­ject to man­da­to­ry par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on on 1 July 2022 had to amend their regis­tra­ti­on and pro­vi­de infor­ma­ti­on on this addi­tio­nal type of pack­a­ging.

Plea­se note that trans­port pack­a­ging only needs to be regis­tered; pack­a­ging volu­me reports are not requi­red.

Infor­ma­ti­on, veri­fi­ca­ti­on and docu­men­ta­ti­on obli­ga­ti­ons

In addi­ti­on to the take-back obli­ga­ti­on, the Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act impo­ses infor­ma­ti­on, sub­mis­si­on, veri­fi­ca­ti­on and docu­men­ta­ti­on obli­ga­ti­ons on initi­al dis­tri­bu­tors of trans­port pack­a­ging.

Under the obli­ga­ti­on to pro­vi­de infor­ma­ti­on, final dis­tri­bu­tors of trans­port pack­a­ging must inform final con­su­mers about the return opti­ons and the reason why it should be retur­ned. This infor­ma­ti­on may be published on the manufacturer’s web­site, prin­ted on the deli­very note or dis­play­ed on a sign on site, at the manufacturer’s dis­cre­ti­on.

The Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act impo­ses an obli­ga­ti­on to pro­vi­de veri­fi­ca­ti­on and docu­men­ta­ti­on. The pro­du­cer has to pro­vi­de pro­of of the quan­ti­ty that was taken back and reco­ver­ed in a report spe­ci­fy­ing the type of mate­ri­al and mass. This report must always be com­ple­ted by the 15 May for the pre­vious calen­dar year. Plea­se note that sub­mis­si­on is only requi­red upon request by the com­pe­tent regio­nal aut­ho­ri­ty.

In addi­ti­on, pro­du­cers and down­stream dis­tri­bu­tors of trans­port pack­a­ging must have suf­fi­ci­ent finan­cial and orga­ni­sa­tio­nal means available to ful­fil their obli­ga­ti­ons under Sec­tion 15 of the Ver­packG.

Your obli­ga­ti­ons: What you need to do

Our ser­vices for trans­port pack­a­ging

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Trans­port pack­a­ging ver­sus sales and grou­ped pack­a­ging

To find out which obli­ga­ti­ons you have to com­ply with under the Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act (Ver­packG), the first step is to iden­ti­fy the type of pack­a­ging.

Sales pack­a­ging that is sub­ject to man­da­to­ry par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on typi­cal­ly ends up as was­te in pri­va­te house­holds. To help with clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on, the Cen­tral Agen­cy Pack­a­ging Regis­ter has drawn up a cata­lo­gue of pack­a­ging sub­ject to man­da­to­ry par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on. Any pack­a­ging of sales units that is lis­ted as “sales pack­a­ging and grou­ped pack­a­ging” on the rele­vant pro­duct group sheets in the cata­lo­gue is not con­side­red trans­port pack­a­ging.

Examp­les of what is not con­side­red trans­port pack­a­ging:

  • Bund­ling foil crea­ting sales units (e.g. 10 0.33 lit­re bot­t­les in a car­ry-out pack)
  • Car­tons crea­ting a sales unit (e.g. 240 tubs of con­den­sed milk in a fol­ding car­ton)
  • Mul­ti-pie­ce packs as sales units (e.g. 10 cof­fee cap­su­les in a fol­ding car­ton)
  • Assort­ment packs as sales units (e.g. hob­by pro­ducts with sepa­ra­te­ly packa­ged units in one car­ton)
  • Pack­a­ging of sales units of elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment, fur­ni­tu­re and simi­lar con­su­mer goods (lis­ted in the cata­lo­gue under sales pack­a­ging becau­se it is con­side­red a sales unit)
  • Pack­a­ging of sales units of plum­bing fix­tures such as sinks, radia­tors, etc. (lis­ted in the cata­lo­gue as sales pack­a­ging, becau­se it is con­side­red a sales unit)

[FAQ] Fre­quent­ly asked ques­ti­ons about trans­port pack­a­ging

Trans­port pack­a­ging includes any­thing used to pro­tect goods during trans­port, such as
woo­den pal­lets, expan­ded poly­sty­re­ne (EPS), foil, card­board of all kinds, straps and adhe­si­ve tape.

Busi­nesses that place trans­port pack­a­ging on the mar­ket are obli­ged to take it back under pro­du­cer respon­si­bi­li­ty rules, i.e. they have a take-back obli­ga­ti­on. This includes pro­du­cers and down­stream dis­tri­bu­tors. We are hap­py to assist you in com­ply­ing with this obli­ga­ti­on under the Ger­man Pack­a­ging Act.

No, you don’t. As of 1 July 2022, trans­port pack­a­ging must be regis­tered with the Cen­tral Agen­cy Pack­a­ging Regis­ter in the LUCID Pack­a­ging Regis­ter, but pack­a­ging volu­me reports are not requi­red.