New German packaging law: What manufacturers need to know

Are you selling goods into Germany, either in shops or online? On the 1st January 2019, the new VerpackG packaging law came into force. Any sellers, including online retailers, who bring packaged products (including padding material) onto the German market and which end up as waste with the consumers, are subject to the VerpackG law.

Even though the Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister has provided help and advice in English, it’s quite hard to find on their German website if you don’t speak German. So we have put together a quick list of helpful guides and videos that are available in English, to help you find your way.

1. What is the VerpackG packaging act?

Watch this video in English:

2. What are your obligations as a seller?

Read this How-to Guide in English to understand what your responsibilities are, how the registration works – and what happens if you don’t register:


3. How do you register your packaging on the LUCID register?

Watch this video in English, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to register your packaging:

4. What do you need to register?

Download this English registration checklist so you have all the necessary information to hand when you go through the registration process:


We hope this is information is helpful. If you need a helping hand during the registration process, or any other linguistic support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of in-house linguists would be happy to support you.