Weee, Battery and Packaging Compliance Obligations, Applicable to Online Sellers, Suppliers, Manufacturers, Distributors, etc

This article provides a detailed explanation of the issues and solutions related to online and offline sellers and third-party suppliers who wish to fulfill their obligations, maintain and develop their business.

If your company provides products through electronic, electrical, battery, and packaging methods, and sells its products through the market or online. Once sold to local consumers, you will fulfill the waste obligations of WEEE, batteries, and packaging in the local country.

Since 2000, the number of legal environmental requirements in various countries has been increasing. As a result, online suppliers face significant complexity in maintaining legal awareness and ensuring compliance.

Manufacturers and third-party online sellers must organize the compliance of their products in each EU country/region, especially for electrical and electronic equipment waste, battery waste, and packaging waste.


1: Focus on online seller activities at EPR authorities

2: France and Germany are at the forefront of online seller EPR compliance

3: Obligations of online sellers, suppliers, producers, and distributors in different countries

1.Online seller activities focused by EPR authorities

Many online sellers, especially those based outside the European Union, do not meet waste lifespan and recycling requirements (WEEE, batteries, packaging, furniture, etc.), coverage, ROHS, value-added tax (VAT), CE Marking, and so on. In fact, there are a large number of unqualified and unsafe products that can harm consumers or distort competition.

The responsibility of these operators and business participants is to understand the legal obligations of their local countries when providing or selling products in the market. Mandatory or voluntary, compliance must be ensured. If they do not do so, they will face legal action and regulatory sanctions, which may include bans on selling products, fines, and imprisonment.

At the same time, the environmental legal framework has become increasingly complex. As a result, the company needs to organize compliance accordingly to ensure market access and compliance.

However, many e-commerce and online retailers are unable to comply with regulations, which has attracted the attention of EU and member state authorities.

2.EPR compliance of online retailers led by France and Germany.

France and Germany have decided to lead the way and now require sellers and manufacturers to have an obligation to establish compliance. When sellers sell in one or more markets, they must provide evidence of market compliance and then forward it to regulatory agencies and compliance organizations. If the seller does not do so, they may not be able to continue selling in the market until they comply.

Later, other EU countries will gradually follow the market and require suppliers to ensure compliance to make it visible to consumers.

3.Obligations of online sellers, suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors in different countries

Before providing products that comply with the laws and regulations of a certain country/region, the compliance of that country in each compliance topic must be determined.

According to the characteristics of the product, register the corresponding registration code according to the requirements of the country where the product is sold.


Company A is located in Shenzhen. Company A provides electronic toy products with batteries in five European Union markets. Company A must comply with the WEEE, battery, and packaging regulations of each of the 5 EU countries/regions.

Company A must provide registration numbers for each market based on the WEEE, battery, and packaging themes of each country/region.