What is the definition of ‘packaging’?
Sales packaging (product packaging) describes packaging used to protect goods and products and ensure their safe handover to the consumer. Sales packaging is considered as a sales unit, consisting of goods and packaging offered to the end user.
Shipping packaging for online sales is used to deliver goods to the end users (e.g. the shipping cartons, filling materials like bubble foil, etc.). Shipping packaging is always subject to registration and membership of a PRO. For shipping packaging, there are always direct obligations for marketplace sellers/online sellers selling to Germany.
Very rarely, sales packaging (product packaging) may already be registered and covered by membership of a scheme, if the manufacturer fulfilled the obligations in Germany. In this case, a proof of registration and scheme membership is required. If there is no proof, the obligations remain with the Marketplace seller/online seller.
PLEASE REMEMBER: In Germany, you must fulfil the obligations for all packaging put on the German market. Therefore, the obligations are valid for all sales channels and are not limited to the goods sold via your Marketplace.