If anyone is interested in finding out how much a license costs then reclay have this handy calculator (the license is step 3 in the blog post). https://activate.reclay.de/activate_germany_english/packaging-licensing/
There are other companies that offer licenses but they tend to be more expensive for small producers however if you ship regularly to Germany it is probably worth shopping around (the other companies are listing on the webpage that is linked to by step 3 of the blog post).
Aren’t there needs for other countries too? France for example? It would be so much easier if it was just one thing that covered all EU or European countries rather than them all having different rules
Yes other countries have their own version of the packaging act (France being one of them like you mention) but so far they haven’t got to the point where they are actually checking that businesses have licenses (or levying fines against market places if they don’t check that businesses have licenses). A unified european system would be much easier.
If you want to ship to Germany then yes you need to buy a license - they have made it a requirement that marketplaces like Folksy (or Etsy) check that sellers have the license or the market place is liable for a fine. If you don’t get a license the Folksy will block sales to Germany for your shop.
At the moment 5 other countries require you to have a license to ship there and yes you need to buy a license for each of those countires (France is 80 euros per annum, I can’t remember which others). And yes I anticipate that more countries will follow suit.
Thanks for that, Sasha. I’ve been registered with Lucid since feb 2021, and hadn’t realised there were new requirements from July. Now I have Reclay. I really appreciate you having done the hard wrok of finding them and then sharing. Thanks so much. Hugs.
Hi everyone. The German LUCID work has been deployed and there is now a “Government registrations” section at the bottom of the shop sections page with an optional “German LUCID identification number” field to fill in.
If you fill that in, then ‘Germany’ will appear in the lists of shipping destinations for an item (assuming you ship to the EU) and sales to Germany will proceed as normal.
If you don’t fill that in, then ‘Germany’ will not be in the lists of shipping destinations for that item and, more importantly, buyers attempting to ship to Germany will be informed at checkout that those items sadly can’t be delivered to their country.