Aside from product-related legal requirements, the demands of consumer safety and the protection of the environment also require importers to package their goods accordingly.
As consumer protection and information are of fundamental importance in Germany, there are precise regulations on product labeling. Specific labeling requirements apply to food products, textiles, electrical and electronic equipment, and dangerous substances, to name a few. Additional information is available on our respective "Business Sectors" section. Mandatory product labeling is widely harmonized within the Single European Market. An overview on the underlying EU legislation is available on the legislation summary webpage of the European Union.
Since 1990, vendors in Germany have been obliged to take back packaging waste. The requirements mainly depend on whether the packaged products are sold to consumers or businesses and on whether the ownership of the goods is transferred in Germany or abroad. In the latter case, importers of large amounts need to notify the authorities via the ''completeness statement'' (Vollständigkeitserklärung). The German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) provide comprehensive information on the requirements. An introduction to the underlying EU legislation with links to relevant documents is available on the EU's respective legislation summary webpage.