Any party who imports packaged goods that typically accumulate with private final consumers into Germany and places them on the market here for the first time is subject to registration and system participation. Importers may be:
- located outside of Germany, shipping goods to Germany; or
- located in Germany, ordering the shipment.
As a matter of principle, the party who bears legal responsibility for the goods at the time they cross the border is regarded as the 'importer'.
Further information can be found in our knowledge base 'Guidance for importers'.
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