German WEEE Regulations – eBay 1st July deadline

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German WEEE Regulations - eBay 1st July deadline

From the 1st of July 2023. marketplace obligations for extended manufacturer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment come into effect. The German WEEE regulations will impact all sellers on with the aim of extended manufacturer responsibility being to make the recyclable materials contained in the devices usable again.

The focus of the new legal regulations for the manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic equipment is the product responsibility of sellers and manufacturers who place them on the market. This involves disposing of the product and its components. Sellers and manufacturers are therefore responsible for the entire life cycle of a product and its components, right through to recycling.

These regulations are the prerequisite for a functioning, efficient recycling economy in Germany. In concrete terms, this means that recyclable materials that have already been used can be reused or that something new can be created from them. And that saves immense amounts of greenhouse gases and raw materials and thus actively contributes to climate protection.

German WEEE Registration

Retailers who manufacture products in this category and sell them to consumers in Germany for the first time or import them into Germany must register with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register (EAR) in order to obtain a German WEEE number (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). to get. According to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act, this must be stated when the product is sold and on your invoices.

From the 1st of July, eBay listings in the electronics category without a German WEEE number will be hidden on As soon as the number has been added, the offer will be displayed again. This regulation only applies to sales to buyers in Germany – both by sellers who are resident in Germany and by those who live abroad.

The German WEEE number to be registered on eBay stands for the manufacturer number that is assigned to those who first place electrical and electronic devices on the market after successful registration with the EAR system. Valid WEEE numbers consist of a country code and an 8-digit sequence (e.g. DE 12345678).

  • f you already have a WEEE number, register it in your eBay account. So it can be automatically displayed in your offers
  • Or register directly with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register (EAR) to get your WEEE number, or eBay’s partner Interzero can support you. 

If you are a retailer, don’t have a physical presence in Germany, and import electrical and electronic equipment to Germany, you must have the WEEE number applied for by an authorised representative and also register it in your eBay account. More information on authorised representatives.


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