Expansion of German VerpackG packaging legislation from 2022 onwards

December 14, 2021
Logistics & transport
The Packaging Act, known as VerpackG, has been in force in Germany since 1 January 2019. So far, this legislation only covers 'Business to Consumer' sales packaging (such as sleeves, labels, plant pots). However, from 1 January 2022, this packaging legislation will also apply to 'Business to Business' transport packaging (trays, boxes etc.). Read more about this and how you will be affected.

Do you sell to German customers and deliver the products to your customers in Germany? Do you sell products through Veiling Rhein-Maas? If so, please ensure that you are properly informed in relation to VerpackG legislation. Avoid fines and commence registration in good time. And, if applicable, enter into an arrangement with a recycling company.

Current VerpackG legislation

Existing packaging legislation requires anyone putting products in business-to-consumer sales packaging into circulation in Germany to register in a public online “Central Agency Packaging Register” (Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister - ZSVR). In addition, it is mandatory to enter into an arrangement with a recycling company with respect to the volume to be placed on the German market.

You can read more about current legislation on the "Packaging Act Germany page" on our website. This page also provides you with more information about our arrangement with the German recycling group Landbell on favourable rates and conditions for our members.

All existing legislation remains in force. Below is a brief summary of the supplements that will apply in 2022.

Expansion of VerpackG from 2022

VerpackG legislation will be expanding as follows:

As of 1 January 2022
From 1 January 2022, "Business to Business" (B2B) transport packaging will also be part of this legislation. This means that anyone who puts products into circulation in Germany that are in "B2B" transport packaging (trays, boxes, buckets, etc.) must document the following:
  • Volume
  • Material type
  • Return or recycling after use
Incidentally, it is not necessary to report this documentation; however, it must be submitted during inspections. If you use standard packaging, do you deduct payments from German buyers through Royal FloraHolland, or do you supply to Veiling Rhein-Maas using the relevant packaging code(s)? If so, you will have sufficient data available to be in a position to comply with such inspection requests.

Should the German authorities provide us with a format allowing you to document the requested information, we will, of course, share this with you.

As of 1 July 2022
In addition, as of 1 July 2022, registration with the aforementioned ZSVR will be compulsory for any companies placing B2B transport packaging on the market in Germany. Furthermore, all marketing organisations in Germany (including Veiling Rhein-Maas) are obliged from this date onwards to refuse products from unregistered producers.

The main points of this requirement are now known. We will again make use of the Royal FloraHolland digital newsletter to provide you with more information about the details when these are at hand.

German law

For the sake of completeness, we would like to point out that VerpackG is German government legislation and, as such, not Royal FloraHolland regulations. We are therefore not responsible for the correct observance of this legislation, nor do we monitor it. This news item is informative in nature. You are and shall remain at all times responsible for the correct observance of laws and regulations in this context.

Would you like to know more?

Please don't hesitate to contact our Customer Contact Centre. They will be happy to help you further. Mark Ledwig is your liaison should you have any queries for Veiling Rhein-Maas regarding VerpackG. He can be contacted on 0049-2839 59 3300 or by e-mail: mark.ledwig@veilingrheinmaas.de.

Related news