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Are you exporting goods and displaying the Green Dot on your packaging?

If your company is exporting packaged goods to European countries, you may have a requirement to display the Green Dot symbol on your packaging. This symbol is used in some EU countries to demonstrate compliance with local packaging legislation.

It is mandatory in France, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece and optional throughout the rest of the EU - apart from Italy, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands where it is not recognized.

Many companies exporting to countries where the Green Dot is mandatory also print the Green Dot on packaging destined for the UK (and other non-mandatory countries) where there is actually no legal requirement to do so. This is because it saves the additional time and cost of printing and producing two different sets of packaging.

Your Green Dot licence requirements

It is not mandatory to display the Green Dot on packaging sold in the UK because the PRN system is already in place to ensure compliance with the UK packaging regulations. However, if you are the brand-owner of packaging that does display the Green Dot symbol in the UK, you are required to purchase a UK licence for its use.

It is important to note that the UK licence does not cover the use of the Green Dot in other countries - you must also purchase a separate licence for each country you’re also planning to use it.

Free Green Dot UK licence for members

The good news is that ecosurety is able to offer a licence for use of the Green Dot in the UK free of charge to our packaging scheme members, in order to ensure full and correct use of the trademark.

All we require from you is confirmation that the Green Dot is displayed on your packaging in the UK and some basic information about its use. To apply for a Green Dot licence, simply fill in the short form below. 

If you require any further information or have any questions about licensing requirements in other EU member states, please don’t hesitate to contact our International Compliance Team on 0845 094 2228 or email packaging@ecosurety.com

You can also join our free webinar on 20 July to learn more about Green Dot labeling requirements in Europe, to register click on the link on the right-hand side of this page.  

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Lizzie Elbourn

Client services manager

Lizzie joined Ecosurety in May 2011 as a client account specialist. Now in the role of client services manager she is responsible for overseeing the relationship and technical compliance teams, helping them to deliver the best possible customer experience for our members.


Written by
Lizzie Elbourn
Published
19/05/2016
Topics
Packaging, International
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