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Declaring Batteries? This Is Changing from 2020 onwards.

Declaring Batteries? This Is Changing from 2020 onwards.

Good news for you as a Bebat participant: as of 1 January 2020, the contributions came down and they remained unchanged in 2021. We focus on exactly what changed in 2020 with five questions. 

As a participant, Bebat deals with the entire take-back obligation for you. For this, you pay a flat-rate annual contribution of €60 (excl. VAT), but also an environmental or administrative contribution per battery that you have brought to market.

1. What exactly changed from 1 January 2020 onwards?

The environmental contribution for most batteries fell from €0.063 (excl. VAT) to €0.057 (excl. VAT). This is a further decrease of over 9% in comparison to 2019. Worth knowing: since 2013, we have reduced this environmental contribution by 54% or more than half.

As of January 1st 2020, the environmental contribution decreased with over 9%

2. What about lithium-ion batteries?

The environmental contribution for most lithium-ion batteries used in electric bicycles felll from €9 to €8.5 (excl. VAT). No changes were made to the different weight categories for rechargeable lithium batteries. The environmental contribution for each category is decreasing.

3. And what about the administrative contribution?

The administrative contribution for lead batteries > 3 kg fell from €0.063 to €0.057 (excl. VAT). For other batteries > 20 kg, the contribution was reduced from €1 to €0.057 (excl. VAT). So the administrative contributions for all batteries were harmonised.

4. Was there a transition period? 

Absolutely. The changes to the contributions entered into force on 1 January 2020 for all sales between professionals(manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers). But for sales to consumers a transition period applied until 1 April 2020 at the latest. This enabled you to sell your existing stocks at the 2019 contributions for another three months.

5. And what about retroactive declarations?

Did you catch up from previous years? Retroactive declarations are subject to the environmental or administrative contribution that applied at the time when you brought the battery or the battery-operated device to market.

An overview of the contributions made in previous years can be found here.

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