Do I need to register for a LUCID number for selling within Germany?
Starting from July 1, 2022, all packaging in Germany must be registered with the LUCID Packaging Register due to the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) requirements. This new regulation affects sellers who place packaging on the market in Germany for the first time commercially and those importing packaging.
To help you stay within the regulations, Printify has obtained a registration number that covers Printify orders. This number needs to be provided to your respective sales channel if requested.
Please see the information below to understand better how to use the Printify LUCID number and stay within the official regulations.
Merchants using Printify as their only fulfillment partner
Merchants that use Printify as their only fulfillment and drop-shipping partner and do not ship goods by themselves will be able to use the Printify LUCID number DE4139628009499, and do not need to register individually with the LUCID Packaging Register. Any associated fees related to the German Packaging Act will also be covered by Printify.
If the above applies to you, and you have already registered and submitted your individual LUCID number to your sales channel but wish to use Printify’s registration – please reach out to Central Agency Packaging Register to cancel your individual registration. You will also need to update the LUCID number in your sales channel.
Here’s how to add or edit your LUCID number on Etsy:
- Navigate to Etsy Dashboard → Finances → Legal and tax information or click here.
- Under Government Registrations, you will see the German LUCID identification number section.
- Click Add LUCID ID number button to add the Printify registration number. If you have previously added another number, click Remove, then input the Printify registration number.
The Printify LUCID number will automatically cover manual orders submitted via Printify.
Merchants using Printify and other fulfillment partners
Merchants that work with other print-on-demand/drop-shipping partners in addition to Printify can provide the Printify LUCID number DE4139628009499 to their sales channel if requested. However, Printify will only cover any fees associated with Printify orders, not other on-demand/drop-shipping partners.
Since only one LUCID number can be provided to the sales channel, merchants should make sure that any other print-on-demand/drop-shipping partners they are using are also registered with the LUCID system.
Merchants using Printify, in addition to shipping goods by themselves to Germany
Merchants that ship goods by themselves, in addition to using Printify, can provide the Printify LUCID number DE4139628009499 to their sales channel if requested. However, Printify will only cover any fees associated with Printify orders.
Only one LUCID number can be provided to the sales channel, so merchants should further check with the German Packaging Act to determine whether a direct registration is required to cover the orders they ship by themselves. It is the merchant’s obligation to ensure that all of their orders shipped to Germany are being reported to the LUCID system, whether by themselves or by manufacturers.
Please note that this information is provided to you only for informational purposes. We recommend that you consult a qualified legal professional for any legal advice or questions you may have.