Sustainability: regulations, environment, society

Environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability play a key role in international business. However, the respective regulations on handling packaging vary from country to country. As a result, companies that place packaged goods on foreign markets have to take a range of very different requirements into account. This has an adverse affect on the cross-border movement of goods and leads to legal uncertainty. The ExportHelp team at Switzerland Global Enterprise is constantly updating and adding new topics to its sustainability portfolio.




The plastic tax in the United Kingdom

The plastic tax in the United Kingdom
On 1 April 2022, a tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic was introduced in the United Kingdom. This plastic tax is i...

The plastic regulation in Italy

Italy plastic regulation
Italy plans to introduce a new plastic tax in July 2024 (previously: January 2024), which is a fixed value tax per kilo of single-use plastic pro...

What you need to know about Extended Producer Responsibility EPR certification in India

To effectively manage electronic and plastic waste, the government of India has introduced the mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility EPR cer...
Fact Sheet

Factsheet on the Austrian Packaging Ordinance

With effect from January 1, 2023, some important changes to this Packaging Ordinance have come into force. They are particularly relevant for for...

The Plastic Regulation in Spain

The Plastic Regulation in Spain
Spain introduced as of January 1, 2023, a new regulation with a tax on non-reusable plastic packaging. This indirect tax is levied on the use in ...

The Packaging Act (VERPACKG) in Germany and what you need to know about it

Robot closes packaging
The new Packaging Act (VerpackG) has been in force in Germany since 1 January 2019. Germany wants to create more transparency and increase recycl...
Fact Sheet

The Triman Logo in France

Recycling station
The French Decree No. 2014-1577 has made it mandatory from 1 January 2015 to print the Triman Logo on recyclable products and packaging sold to c...

New regulations for plastics in Saudi Arabia

Plastics exports to Saudi Arabia must be marked with the logo for biodegradable plastic
To counter environmental and health risks, the country will introduce new regulatory requirements for plastic from December 2017 onwards. This wi...

India bans the import of certain single-use plastic items

plastic waste
India has banned the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of certain single-use plastic items that have low utility and high ...

Merkblatt zum Standard für Holzverpackungen (ISPM 15)

Pallet in legno
Zur Verhinderung der Einfuhr von Holzschädlingen wenden immer mehr Länder den phytosanitären Standard ISPM 15 an. Die Einfuhr von Waren in diese ...

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