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Products and responsibility

Economic issues and fees

WHAT’S THE COST? Producer responsibility has certain implications, both in the form of costs and revenues. Statutory costs consist of a one-off registration fee and an annual quantity-based fee for DPA. Only portable batteries entail an additional payment to SKAT (Danish Tax and Customs Administration). Take a look into the economic issues here.

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Economy

Fee rates and invoicing

All approved producers and importers in the producer register pay for the administration of the system. Fees consist of a one-off registration fee and an annual quantity-based fee. The fee rates are calculated once a year; they are decided by the Ministry of Environment further to a recommendation from the board of DPA. The rates are published every year on our website. If the quantity of products sold by your business in Denmark last year is equal to or less than the shown weight limit, you will pay an annual minimum fee of DKK 250.

DPA annual fee rates 2021

 

Product areaFee typeDKK per tonne DKK/tonne totalWeight limit for minimum fee (equal to or less)Minimum fee (DKK)
Electronics placed on the market (EEE)General27.0727.079.24 tonnes250
EEE-households+ supplement for allocation+8.8435.916.96 tonnes250
Batteries placed on the marketGeneral42.9042.905.83 tonnes250
BAT portable*+ supplement for portable+61.86104.762.40 tonnes250
Vehicles Per unit2.21 per unit2.21 per unit113 units250

Check your annual fee

In our so-called online calculator, you can enter the expected annual quantities placed on the market and see what you should expect to pay for the administration of your registration and reporting to the producer register.

 

The annual fee is calculated as a fee rate multiplied with the quantities sold by the producer in the previous calendar year. The quantity of electronics and batteries is stated in kilograms/tonnes, whereas vehicles are stated in units.

The fee consists of a general fee and a supplementary fee for calculation of the allocation of equipment for private use. The fee, therefore, is shown with a general rate for equipment for professional use and a rate applying to equipment for private use and similar. The same applies to batteries where there is a general fee for industrial and automotive batteries and a supplement for the allocation of portable batteries (+ a separate fee paid to SKAT- the Danish Tax and Customs Administration).

Further

There may also be costs connected with the marking of products with “the crossed-out wheeled bin” and any commercial agreements you may enter with compliance schemes.

The resources recovered in the collection and recycling of waste electronics will often have a positive value, so occasionally you may get a fine revenue through the sale of end-of-life products to the resources and raw materials industries.

See more about invoicing, types of fees, rules on marking and compliance schemes below.

Fee types and invoicing

You must pay a registration fee for each product area – one for electronics, one for batteries, etc. The registration fee for the first product area amounts to DKK 1,000 excl. VAT, whereas the following product areas trigger a fee of DKK 500 each. A ‘product area’ means electronics, or batteries, or vehicles.

If your business has been deleted from the register due to non-compliance with, e.g., reporting or payment of statutory fee, DPA will levy a new registration fee at the re-registration of your business.

Your registration is linked to the business’s CVR/VAT number. This means that if the CVR number is changed, a new registration fee will be levied.

Once a year you must pay a fee based on the quantity of products you have placed on the Danish market. The fee rate is multiplied with the quantity you have reported during the annual reporting period for the previous calendar year.

The fee consists of a general fee and a supplementary fee for calculation of the allocation of equipment for private use. The fee, therefore, is shown with a rate for equipment for professional use and a rate applying to equipment for private use.

 

If the result of the calculation of the fee (quantity sold by you multiplied with the rate) is less than DKK 250, we will invoice a minimum fee of DKK 250.

The weight limits for minimum fees are calculated together with the fee rates and are published in the same way.

Example (2021 rate):

The weight limit for minimum fee for electronics for use in private households in 2021 is 6.29 tonnes.
A business has sold a number of refrigerators with a total weight of 6,000 kg – this figure is reported.
The annual fee will amount to: DKK 250 (minimum fee)

DPA’s operation is financed through fees paid by producers and importers. Statutory rules for electronics, batteries, and vehicles come in three individual packages, and all three fields must be self-financing. Fees are calculated separately for each of the three fields. It appears from the DPA invoice what product area the fee relates to.

DPA invoices fees with a 14 days’ deadline for payment. The invoice is sent to the digital mailbox of the business for Danish businesses.

Costs relating to payment of invoice

The business will cover any costs relating to foreign currencies or costs associated with financial institutions’ payment transfer. DPA must receive the exact amount that appears from the invoice.

Non-payment

If an invoice is not paid within the above deadline, the following steps are taken, each with a 14 days’ interval:

  1. Reminder regarding non-payment of invoice
  2. Notice on deletion of registration
  3. Registration deleted from producer register

If the payment remains unpaid after the above procedure the case is transferred to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency who is the supervisory authority for producer responsibility in Denmark. Non-payment is seen as non-compliance with the producer responsibility, so subsequently the producer cannot legally sell his products in Denmark.

If the producer wishes to continue placing in-scope products on the Danish market he will have to re-register. This is done by contacting DPA who will re-establish the registration of the business. This will trigger a new registration fee as well as payment of the outstanding payment.

Invoicing of fees to DPA through compliance scheme

Some compliance schemes offer collective invoicing, which means that the compliance scheme carries an expense on behalf of the producer; here, the compliance scheme becomes the payment administrator. If the payment is not received in due time and correctly from the payment administrator DPA will direct our claim for payment directly to the producer.

CVR number: DK29028842
Bank: Danske Bank, Holmens Kanal 2, DK-1090 Copenhagen K

Account: 4183-3001879154
IBAN: DK7630003001879154
SWIFT: DABADKKK

Time limit for payment: 14 days

Shortcuts

Costs

Read the document about costs associated with compliance with the producer responsibility system

Financial guarantee and refunds

Read about provision of financial guarantees for products for use in households and about refunding of fees if your products are exported

Cease, changes, mergers

See what to do if there are changes in connection with your business that have an impact on your registration

Guidelines from SKAT regarding portable batteries

Read about how portable batteries are reported to the Danish Tax and Customs Administration (SKAT) - see guidelines E.A.7.10.3)

Duty of payment to SKAT - portable batteries

Read the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s publication of the fee rates to SKAT - only applies to portable batteries

Online calculator

Test out our online calculator. See what you should expect to pay annually in fees and producer contributions

Marking of equipment

See how to mark your electronics and batteries. Marking is primarily a pictogram with a crossed-out wheeled bin

Terms of payment

Find document with detailed information about information used in our invoicing