Important new regulations regarding packages sent to France

In this article you will learn about the new French Packaging Act (which is part of the Extended Producer Responsibility regulations). Here you will find information on who needs to register their business under this law and what you have to remember about while selling on the French market.

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Extended Producer Responsibility - introduction

If you sell products on the French market, you are obligated to comply with the Extended Producer Responsibility regulation (Responsabilité Élargie du Producteur).

This environmental law is part of a bigger initiative started by the European Union called the EU packaging waste directive that aims to reduce landfill waste and increase recycling. Under this law, manufacturers, importers as well as eBay and Amazon sellers are responsible for the life cycle of products they sell. 

The packaging license is required in the country where the packaging ends up as waste. Since there’s no unified recycling scheme, having a license from one country (for example Germany), does not mean you can sell to France without required registration.

Who needs to register under this law? 

You need to register with the French recycling scheme if you: 

1. Are a French business or

2. Sell cross-border to France.

If you sell more than 10 000 products a year and the packaging you use contains paper, plastic, wood, glass or aluminum, you have to:

If you sell less than 10 000 products a year, you have to:

French Packaging Act - how to register

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Register in a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO)

These three PROs are authorized for sellers within the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework:

Citeo: http://clients-emballages.citeo.com/en/public/login/espace-adhesion

Adelphe: http://monespace.adelphe.fr/en/public/login/espace-adhesion

Lékohttp://producer-app.affiliate.leko.eco/affiliate

2. Your PRO will conduct your registration to SYDEREP

3. You will obtain your Unique Registration Code (also called UPIN)

4. You can provide the code to platforms that require it (for example eBay or Amazon)

Unique Registration Code

Unique Registration Code (also called Unique Product Identification Number, UPIN or SYDEREP number) is a number provided by a French environmental agency ADEME to all companies that are compliant with the French recycling laws.

If you’re listing an item from the EPR category on eBay, make sure you include the required Unique Registration Codes (or UPINs) in the following fields:

  • Producer Product ID 
  • Product Package ID 
  • Shipping Package ID (if applicable) 
  • Product Document ID (if applicable)

Here's simple instructions on how to add Unique Registration Codes

1. Create a new listing or revise an already existing listing.

2. Select Try the new listing tool in the top right-hand corner.

3. Select Regulatory compliance.

4. Choose Extended Producer Responsibility.

5. Enter your item’s unique identifiers in the relevant fields (Producer Product ID, Product Package ID, Shipping Package ID, Product Document ID).

6. Click Done.

You can read more about Extended Producer Responsibility on eBay here

Amazon and eBay require this number from sellers. If you don’t provide it, you might end up getting fined or blocked from selling on the platform.

If you would like to find out more about that, check out the attached FAQ. 

Sources:

Extended Producer Responsibility for business sellers
Packaging law in France: a guide for e-commerce
Complying with the French packaging law: done in no time!

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