German law forces packaging innovation on importers

Exporters to Germany are facing growing restrictions on how to package their goods - and users of plastic packaging may soon face disposal and recycling costs double those originally quoted as the new German packaging law bites. The answer, say German packaging experts, is not to use secondary packaging, and to ensure that transport packaging is reusable.

The packaging legislation and the infrastructure developing to deal with it has confused many exporters to Germany (ENDS Report 201, pp 24-25). A conference held by the German Chamber of Commerce in London in March attempted to clarify the system. Further advice will be available when an English translation of a German guide to the law is published in April by packaging consultants David Perchard Associates.1On 1 April, stage two of

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