Is your company eligible for the annual declaration?
In your declaration, you indicate how many batteries you have put on the market. It is important to know this, as it is the basis for calculating whether the collection targets put forward by the governments are actually achieved. For Flanders, this is a collection percentage of 45%, for Brussels and Wallonia 50%.
What is the difference between the normal monthly declaration and the annual declaration? The difference lies not only in how often you have to enter a declaration - monthly or annually - but also in the information you have to provide about the batteries you put on the Belgian market. The annual declaration requires less detailed information about the battery.
It is the quantity of batteries - sold separately or included in/sold with - that you put on the Belgian market annually that determines which scheme you fall under:
- Do you put fewer than 10,000 batteries on the market per year? If so, an annual declaration is sufficient.
- Do you put more than 10,000 batteries on the market per year? If so, you have to file a monthly declaration with Bebat.
How do you know how many batteries you put on the market every year?
By counting them manually, each time they go over the counter? That’s possible, but there are easier ways. Use the purchase and sales information in your system.
For companies established in Belgium
There are two possibilities for calculating how many batteries they put on the market.
- Do you sell only with invoices?
Then draw up your declaration using your sales data.
- Do you only work with cash receipts or with a combination of cash receipts and invoices?
Then calculate your declaration based on the purchase data.
For companies established outside Belgium
The declaration of organisations established abroad is calculated based on the sales data to Belgian companies and to Belgian private individuals via distance sales (Internet). Please note: all batteries that come onto the Belgian market must be declared.
Exceeded the 10,000 mark: all hands on deck?
Don’t worry! If your organisation suddenly declares more than 10,000 batteries in one year, you yourself don’t have to make any changes. Bebat makes sure that you switch automatically to a monthly declaration the following year.
The annual declaration fits perfectly in the Bebat approach. We offer a system that is as simple and efficient as possible to comply with the laws on the take back obligation. Tailored to suit every member company.
If your organisation puts more than 10,000 batteries on the Belgian market per year, then you have to take care of your declaration on a monthly basis. Are there fewer than 10,000 batteries? Then one declaration per year suffices. Simple!
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