Pan-European packaging licensing: go international!
Do you export to other European countries? If so, we can help you comply with the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive – in all 28 EU countries.
As a company doing business internationally, you face a set of unique challenges:
- There is no single, centralised reporting and registration office for packaging in Europe – the licensing models differ from country to country.
- Taking the 28 EU countries as a whole, there are over 28 relevant laws and over 100 separate take-back systems.
- Very few laws have been translated into English – instead, the texts are published in over 20 different languages.
- Nor is the legislation uniform – especially in terms of minimum quantities.
- There is a high risk of unintentional non-compliance – and its associated penalties.
Individual solutions for any export situation
With Interseroh as your partner for pan-European packaging licensing, you benefit from bespoke service provision and the opportunity to draw on the know-how of a centralised point of contact. You can choose from three service packages:
Basic – country-specific reports
- You receive a compact overview of the packaging legislation and recycling system in the country of interest, including any regional specifics.
- You can use this country-specific report to identify the legal provisions with which your company must comply.
Premium – customer-specific analysis
- We work with you to create an individual analysis of the countries that are relevant for your company.
- We then use this to develop a tailor-made solution to meet your specific needs.
Premium plus – made-to-measure licensing
- As your fully authorised agent, we handle all of your licensing obligations.
- We take care of the communication with the licensing systems along with monitoring of the legislations and deadlines for reporting in the EU countries.
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Frequent questions of our customers
- What is the aim of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive?
The European Parliament and Council Directive 94/62/EC of 20 December 1994 on packaging and packaging waste entered into force in 1994. The Directive has the aim of reducing the overall quantity of packaging and its impact on the environment. The legislation makes the initial distributor of packaging responsible for compliance in the respective member country. The provisions of the Directive cover a wide variety of packaging materials (paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal) and call for measures to be taken to effectively reduce the production of new packaging by collection, reuse and recycling.
- What happens if I accidentally fail to comply with the Packaging Directive?
Businesses risk severe penalties by violating the Directive as transposed into national law and ordinances. These vary according to the member country. Apart from actual prosecution, those responsible also risk incurring heavy fines. In one recent case, a well-known manufacturer of energy drinks was ordered to pay GBP 270,000 as a result of failing to comply with packaging legislation in the UK.
- Does your Premium Plus service mean that I sign just one contract and Interseroh then handles all of the work required as part of this service?
While this is ideally the case, the vagaries of national law mean that this is not always possible in practice. Some countries require a personal signature from the producer or importer for relevant documents. Our Premium Plus package does mean that we keep track of all relevant documents and document submissions to you, however, and provide you with step-by-step support in filling out this documentation. Call us to find out which parts of your export business we can legally handle for your country.
- I have been exporting to EU countries for many years. I have not bothered with packaging legislation to date and nothing has happened so far. Why should this topic be suddenly of interest to me?
The payment of fees as prescribed by the Packaging Directive is a legal obligation. Your company could be penalised at any time and your good reputation could suffer in the eyes of local partners. Member countries carry out spot checks that are specifically designed to discover cases like yours.