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All You Need to Know About the German Packaging Act (VerpackG)
All You Need to Know About the German Packaging Act (VerpackG)

Find out how to submit our LUCID ID to Etsy.

Updated over a week ago

The new German Packaging Act comes into effect on the 1st of July 2022 and aims to minimise environmental damage caused by packaging waste.

Inkthreadable is already compliant with the Packaging Act in Germany. Our packaging is plastic-free and responsibly sourced, and we pay an annual packaging fee to the Der Grune Punkt which covers all of the orders that we ship to Germany.

Please note: This article is for informational purposes only. Please consult a legal professional for any further advice.

You need to know:

  • If you only sell products from Inkthreadable, you won't have to pay any extra fees or register your business with Germany's Central Agency Packing Register. We've already registered to ship the orders on your behalf.

  • If you sell products shipped from another company or yourself, you can't use Inkthreadable's LUCID ID for these products. You may need to register your business and pay the fees for those orders before shipping to Germany.

LUCID for Etsy sellers

If you're an Etsy seller, you've likely noticed Etsy asking you for a LUCID ID.

Due to the new regulations, all online marketplaces with merchants shipping to Germany must comply with the German Packaging Act. This means that Etsy needs you to prove compliancy by submitting your LUCID ID.

If you only sell goods on Etsy that are produced and shipped by Inkthreadable, you will need to submit our LUCID ID: DE4365741118924.

This is not done automatically when you link your Etsy store, and it must be added manually by following the steps below:

  • Open Etsy's Shop Manager > Finances > Legal and tax information

  • Click on the Add LUCID ID number button under the Government registration section, enter DE4365741118924 and click Submit.

Our LUCID ID can only be applied to your store if all orders are produced and shipped by Inkthreadable.

If you sell products from other suppliers, or if you package and ship goods by yourself, you will need to check your compliance with the German Packaging Act. You may be required to register yourself and pay the associated fees.

LUCID for Amazon / eBay

Whilst we don't integrate directly with other marketplaces, we know that some users make the most of third-party Shopify apps to sell on these platforms.

If you're selling products via Inkthreadable on Amazon or eBay, you will need to submit our LUCID ID: DE4365741118924.

To find out how to submit to those marketplaces, please contact Amazon or eBay support.

Other e-commerce platforms (WooCommerce, Shopify, Squarespace, Wix)

If you only sell products using the Inkthreadable integration, you do not need to submit your LUCID ID to your e-commerce platform, and our LUCID ID will automatically cover any parcels that we ship on your behalf.

If you ship your own products to Germany via those e-commerce platforms, you are responsible for registering your business and paying the associated fees before shipping to Germany.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our support team.

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