Step by Step: The WEEE Numbers Guide

Luca Jurende

Luca Jurende

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Get compliant with ease! Our "Step by Step: The WEEE Numbers Guide" offers clear instructions and expert tips to navigate WEEE regulations.

If you sell electrical or electronic equipment on Amazon or Kaufland in the European Union, you've likely come across the term "WEEE number." But what exactly is a WEEE number, and why is it so important for your business?

In this comprehensive guide, we'll dive deep into the world of WEEE numbers, exploring their purpose, legal requirements, and the process of obtaining one.

What are WEEE Numbers?

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

A WEEE number is a unique registration number assigned to manufacturers, importers, and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in the EU.

This number serves as proof that the company has registered with the appropriate national authority and is compliant with the WEEE Directive.

The WEEE Directive is an EU regulation aimed at reducing the environmental impact of electrical and electronic waste. It sets guidelines for the collection, treatment, and recycling of WEEE, ensuring that these products are disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

Why Were WEEE Numbers Introduced?

The WEEE Directive was introduced in 2003 to address the growing problem of electronic waste in the EU. As technology advanced and consumer demand for electronic products increased, the amount of WEEE generated also rose significantly.

This waste often contained hazardous substances that could harm the environment and human health if not properly managed.To tackle this issue, the WEEE Directive established the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

Under EPR, manufacturers and importers of EEE are responsible for the end-of-life management of their products, including the costs associated with collection, treatment, and environmentally sound disposal.

WEEE numbers were introduced as a way to track and monitor compliance with the WEEE Directive. By requiring companies to register and obtain a unique number, authorities can ensure that only compliant businesses are placing EEE on the EU market.

Where Do WEEE Numbers Pop Up on Amazon?

If you sell EEE on Amazon in the EU, you'll need to provide your WEEE number during the product listing process. Amazon requires sellers to enter their WEEE number for any electrical or electronic product they offer, ensuring compliance with the WEEE Directive.

Failure to provide a valid WEEE number can result in your product listings being suppressed or your seller account being suspended. Amazon takes WEEE compliance seriously and has implemented measures to enforce these regulations on its platform.


How to Get a WEEE Number

The process of obtaining a WEEE number varies slightly from country to country within the EU, as each member state has its own designated national authority responsible for WEEE registration. However, the general steps are as follows:

  1. Identify the competent authority: In Germany, the competent authority is the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register (EAR), also known as the "stiftung ear." In France, it's Ecosystem or other recognized organizations.
  2. Assess your products: Determine which of your products fall under the scope of the WEEE Directive. This typically includes any electrical or electronic equipment that requires an electric current or electromagnetic field to operate.
  3. Gather necessary information: You'll need to provide details about your company, the products you sell, and your plans for waste management and recycling.
  4. Submit your application: Complete the registration process online through the website of the competent authority. You may need to submit documentation and pay a fee.
  5. Receive your WEEE number: Upon approval, you'll be assigned a WEEE number, which allows you to legally distribute your EEE products in that specific country.

It's important to note that if you sell EEE in multiple EU countries, you'll need to register and obtain a separate WEEE number for each country where you operate.

When Do I Need to Get My Own WEEE Number?

Every trader or manufacturer who introduces electrical or electronic equipment to the German market for the first time, or distributes it under their own name or brand, is legally required to register it. This requirement applies regardless of whether the equipment is intended for end consumers or commercial use. The status of distributor also extends to those importing equipment from abroad for resale. Even foreign e-commerce retailers selling to Germany must comply with this registration requirement. Companies without a branch in Germany must appoint an authorized representative to assume liability on behalf of the foreign distributor.

The EAR Portal and WEEE Registration in Germany

In Germany, the EAR (Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register) is the designated national authority responsible for WEEE registration. The EAR portal is the online platform where companies can register and obtain their WEEE numbers.The registration process on the EAR portal involves several steps:

  1. Create an account: You'll need to create a user account on the EAR portal, providing details about your company and an authorized representative.
  2. Register your brand(s): You'll need to register each brand under which you sell EEE products. This includes providing information about the brand name and the types of equipment you offer.
  3. Provide proof of financial guarantee: If you sell EEE products to private households (B2C), you'll need to provide proof of an insolvency-proof financial guarantee to cover the costs of waste management and recycling.
  4. Submit a take-back concept: If you sell EEE products exclusively to businesses (B2B), you'll need to submit a take-back concept outlining your plan for collecting and recycling WEEE from your commercial customers.
  5. Receive your WEEE number: Once your registration is approved, you'll be assigned a WEEE number, which you must display on your products, invoices, and marketing materials.

It's important to note that the registration process can take several weeks or even months, depending on the workload of the EAR and the completeness of your application. It's advisable to start the process well in advance of launching your EEE products on the EU market.

Additional Considerations and Best Practices

  • Regular reporting: Most EU countries require registered companies to submit regular reports on the quantities of EEE products placed on the market and the amounts of WEEE collected and recycled.
  • Partnering with a compliance service provider: Navigating the complexities of WEEE compliance can be challenging, especially for businesses operating in multiple EU countries. Partnering with a reputable compliance service provider can simplify the process and ensure that you remain compliant with all relevant regulations.

How long does the initial registration take?

It can take between 3-14 weeks, depending how much work they have right now and how many registrations going to happen.


WEEE numbers are a crucial component of compliance with the WEEE Directive in the European Union.

By obtaining a WEEE number, you demonstrate your commitment to responsible waste management and environmental protection. Failure to comply with WEEE regulations can result in significant fines, legal complications, and even the suspension of your Amazon seller account.

While the process of obtaining a WEEE number may seem daunting, it's an essential step for any business selling electrical or electronic equipment in the EU.

By understanding the requirements, following the proper procedures, and staying up-to-date with regulatory changes, you can ensure that your business remains compliant and avoids potential penalties.Remember, WEEE compliance is not just a legal obligation – it's a responsibility we all share to protect our planet and promote sustainable practices in the ever-growing world of electronics.

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