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Declaring Batteries? This Is Changing from 2020 onwards.

Good news for you as a Bebat participant: as of 1 January 2020, the contributions are coming down. We focus on exactly what is changing 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 will change from 1 January 2020 onwards?

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

2. What about lithium-ion batteries?

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



As of 1 January 2020 the environmental contribution will further decrease with over 9%

3. And what about the administrative contribution?

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

4. Is there a transition period?

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

5. And what about retroactive declarations?

Are you catching 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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