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Amazon French and German EPR reports are launched, what Amazon seller needs to know about EPR?

Recently, Amazon has launched EPR report for German and French sellers, and sellers can download the report and prepare to file to pay for the EPR fee in Germany and France. The report types are divided into months, quarters, and years.

Sellers can download the report and are also solely responsible for determining the suitability and accuracy of information generated by Amazon, including all calculations, catalog data, invoices, EPR reports and any other EPR-related obligations. Amazon officially also states that last month’s report would be available on or after the 5th of the month.

Notification of Amazon Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reports for France and Germany

We summarized 19 frequent asked questions in Amazon official website regarding the French and German EPR reports for your reference.  Please pay attention that this report is for reference only. Sellers who already full fill their obligation with valid EPR number and license do not need to pay Amazon the outstanding fee (based on the estimate) in advance. 

1. How to download the report?

Reports can be accessed at any time through the Extended Producer Responsibility Reports download page in Seller Central. The previous month’s report will be available on or after the 5th of the month. Data prior to January 2021 is not available.

2. What information is included in the report?

Extended Producer Responsibility Reports are generated based on catalog information provided by the seller who created the item. If the catalog information is invalid, Amazon will make an estimate based on information on similar items.

3. Does the Extended Producer Responsibility obligation need to use information from all columns in the report?

Under the Extended Producer Responsibility Classification, the EPR organization may not require information in certain columns. All information is provided by Amazon for your convenience.

4. Can the report be changed?

The report can be changed, and sellers are advised to review carefully before using the extended producer responsibility report for EPR declaration and modify it if necessary.

The Extended Producer Responsibility Report is for reference only, and it is convenient for you to declare the EPR. You are free to revise the report and are solely responsible for the accuracy of the information you provide to the Producer Responsibility Organization.

5. How do I change the report?

Reports are in .csv and .txt formats. Reports can be opened in Excel or Notepad.

The fields “PAPER_KG”, “GLASS_KG”, “ALUMINUM_KG”, “STEEL_KG”, “PLASTIC_KG”, “WOOD_KG”, “OTHER_KG” show estimated primary packaging material usage based on total units sold. Please check and adjust these fields based on actual data.

The “TOTAL_REPORTED_WEIGHT_KG” field shows the amount of waste generated based on the number of items sold. Calculated by multiplying “TOTAL_UNITS_SOLD” by “ITEM_WEIGHT_WITHOUT_PACKAGE_KG”. These fields can be checked and adjusted based on actual data.

If you need to create an Extended Producer Responsibility Report for a specific country or classification, filter on the “AMAZON_MARKETPLACE” and “EPR_CATEGORY” columns.

6. What is the difference between primary packaging and secondary packaging?

Primary packaging is a unit of packaging used to wrap goods, such as a branded box for a pair of shoes or an aluminum can for a soft drink.

Secondary packaging is the shipping box or bag used to protect the product during transport to the buyer, and can also include padding materials used to protect the product and tape used to secure the packaging. Shipping labels are also secondary packaging.

7. How to determine the extended producer responsibility classification?

Extended producer responsibility classifications are determined according to the relevant regulations and classifications. Amazon has been working hard to improve classification accuracy.

8. Why are there negative values ​​in the report?

Negative values ​​indicate returns occurred within the specified time period.

9. Are returns excluded from reporting?

FBA returns are not excluded from reporting but are deducted from the number of units sold because Amazon’s method determines whether an item is returned via FBA.

In contrast, seller-fulfilled returns are not excluded from reporting and are not deducted from the number of units sold because the items must be returned through your own fulfillment channel.

10. Can you provide Amazon with accurate information about the product’s extended producer responsibility classification, primary packaging materials, product weight, or other attributes?

The Extended Producer Responsibility Report is generated from the information in the catalog, but you can update the relevant values ​​for the item. Changes will be reflected in the next reporting cycle.

11. Why do I see countries/regions where I do not sell goods and extended producer responsibility classifications not related to me on the download page of the Extended Producer Responsibility report?

You can view all available countries and categories in the filters on the download page. If you do not sell in a country or find irrelevant categories, the corresponding report will be empty.

12. Why is my report empty?

If you have not sold products under the EPR regulations for a given period, EPR classification or country, the corresponding download report will be empty.

13. Can I view SKU information?

Data is aggregated at the ASIN level. Multiple seller SKUs can have the same ASIN.

14. Why is the report status displayed as “Canceled”?

This means there is a technical problem, and the report cannot be downloaded. Please try downloading the report again in 24 hours. If the status is still “Canceled”, please contact Amazon Service Support.

15. What do I need to do after downloading the Extended Producer Responsibility Report?

After downloading the Extended Producer Responsibility Report, review the report and modify it as necessary. Once the amendments have been made, the report can be submitted to the appropriate producer responsibility organization or competent authority.

16. How to estimate the weight of primary packaging materials?

Amazon provides estimates for primary packaging materials. Estimates are based on primary packaging of similar products. The weight estimate for primary packaging used for textiles is equal to zero. The difference between the “ITEM_WEIGHT_WITH_PACKAGE_KG” and “ITEM_WEIGHT_WITHOUT_PACKAGE_KG” catalog values ​​may not be the same as the sum of the primary package weight estimates. Check estimates before reporting and modify if necessary.

As of July 1, 2022, the amount of secondary packaging material needs to be declared in Germany. This includes packaging used by FBA.

17. Does Amazon share information about the secondary packaging used to deliver FBA-sold items?

Will do. Amazon is working on it and will share more information on FBA packaging in the second quarter of 2022.

18. Why are there blank fields in the report?

Amazon may not have enough product information to populate all fields in the report. You can add more details to the report. We recommend that you maintain valid product descriptions so that we can generate higher quality reports.

19. Can I view information on EPR Contributions that I need to pay to the organization?

The Extended Producer Responsibility Report does not contain information about the Extended Producer Responsibility Contributions you are required to pay.