Michaela Merz

Poland: Obligatory registration and product fee payment in Poland: Waste Act

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If you do business in Poland you might be obliged to register in freshly established Waste Database due to recent legislative changes in Poland.

Registration obligation
According to the Polish Waste Act, every entity is obliged to enter the waste register, if they have the below listed transactions in the Polish territory:
Whilst the 5 first positions are rather self-explanatory, the latter 2 items may require further explanation.

  1. Performing intra-Community delivery of packaging;
  2. Performing intra-Community delivery of packaged products;
  3. Exporting packaging waste;
  4. Exporting packaging;
  5. Exporting packaged products;
  6. Introducing packaging to the market;
  7. Introducing packaged products to the market.

 Introducing of packaging and packaged products to the market, according to the Polish Waste Act, means making them available for the first time in the Polish territory to be used or distributed. It includes – among others – the below transactions:

(a) the importation of packaging;

(b) the importation of packaged products;

(c) the intra-Community acquisition of packaging;

(d) the intra-Community acquisition of packaged products.

Summing up the above, if you perform any of the above listed activities you are obliged to enter the register. Moreover, if you fall under 7 – you are obliged to calculate and cover product fee (on an annual basis) or ensure recovery/recycling levels of introduced packaging. The obligation applies to companies, who only have VAT registration in Poland (i.e. they do not have to be established in Poland).

Please note that the category of packaged products is interpreted so broadly, that even products, which arrive on pallets to Poland might fall under the obligation.

Further implications

Entities that are obliged to enter the waste register should in principle also change their invoice template. Meaning that in addition to the VAT registration number, the BDO number should be inserted on invoices as well. The BDO number is generated upon the registration to the waster register.

Registration and penalties

Please keep in mind that the registration obligation was to be fulfilled until 24 July 2018.

In the future fine may amount to PLN 1 Million (approx. EUR 250’000). It is not known when authorities will start imposing penalties that why urgent action would be highly recommended.

pwc will be happy to support you, both in registration for the waste management tax as well as in calculation of the annual fee that has to be paid to the relevant Polish authorities (if applicable).

Should you have any additional questions, please contact

Kinga Zawora
Phone: +41 58 792 4400
Email: kinga.x.zawora@ch.pwc.com

 

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