The latest changes in packaging legislation in Austria also affect German mail order companies that maintain foreign trade relations with Austrian companies or customers.

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Authorized representative for packaging required

German companies that ship packaged goods to Austrian end consumers must appoint an authorized representative in Austria.This authorized representative is responsible for ensuring that the company complies with the obligations for packaging in Austria.

If a German company wishes to assume the preliminary obligation for packaging for its corporate customers in Austria, an authorized representative can also be appointed here. Online marketplaces are also affected: marketplace operators are obliged to expel sellers who do not comply with the packaging legislation from their platform.

The new law has been in effect since January 1, 2023.

For more information on packaging in Austria, visit the Altstoff Recycling Austria AG website.

Source: Munich and Upper Bavaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry (german)