Shipments of waste in Germany and Europe Approval for waste according to the "yellow" waste list and all other waste intended for disposal Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

As a company, would you like to transport waste across national borders? Then the regulations of the EC Regulation on shipments of waste apply to you.

All waste that is to be disposed of or otherwise recovered and transported across national borders must in principle be notified. The notification procedure allows the competent authorities to monitor transboundary shipments of waste. In particular, the export of hazardous waste to countries that have low environmental and safety standards is to be prevented.

The following must therefore be notified:

  • all waste that is disposed of (exception: waste for laboratory analysis, max. 25 kg),
  • all waste listed in Annex IV for recovery (so-called "Yellow List" waste);
  • all waste for recovery listed in Annex V, Part 1 , List A (hazardous waste as defined in Annex VIII to the Basel Convention);
  • all waste for recovery or waste mixtures for recovery not listed as a single entry in Annexes III, IIIA, IIIB, IV or IVA .

Exceptions to the notification obligation can be obtained from the competent authority.

Related Links

  • SAM Notification Brochure
  • NGS - Notification
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no


Who has to notify?

As a notifier, you are considered a natural or legal person in the country of dispatch if you transport or have waste transported yourself. As a rule, this is the waste first producer, in the order of precedence of further mention also the new producer, an approved collector, a registered dealer, a registered broker or the owner of the waste.

  • NGS - Notification

Related Links

  • Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste (VVA)
  • Waste Shipment Act (AbfVerbrG)
  • Umweltbundesamt - Consolidated waste lists

The notification shall be made through the competent authority of dispatch. To that end, the notifier shall submit to the place of dispatch authority all the documents necessary for the notification, including the necessary copies for all the authorities involved. The place of dispatch authority shall then verify that the notification has been properly executed, send the documents to the destination authority and to all the transit country authorities concerned within three working days if the assessment is positive and shall inform the notifier thereof. However, the place of dispatch authority may refuse to forward the documents if it requests documents within the period of three working days or raises an objection to the notification.

Furthermore, all authorities involved have the possibility three working days after receipt of the notification documents to request additional information and documents if this is necessary. No later than three working days after receipt of the documents, including those previously requested, the competent authority at the place of destination shall send a so-called acknowledgement of receipt. Even if the notification is properly executed, the place of dispatch authority may request further documents necessary for the assessment of consent. It then informs all those affected about this additional claim. However, it is obliged to forward the notification. In this case, the authority of destination may not send an acknowledgement of receipt until it receives a message from the place of dispatch authority that these requested documents have also been received. No later than 30 days after the acknowledgement of receipt has been sent, all the authorities involved shall give their decision on the planned notification, either unconditional consent, unconditional consent or objection.

After all consents to the notification have been obtained, the notifier shall enter the actual date of the shipment in the movement document and complete it as far as possible. The notifier shall then send copies of the completed and signed movement document to the competent authorities concerned and to the consignee of the waste at least three working days before the planned shipment. A copy of the original movement document and a copy of the notification document, as well as copies of the consent notices, must be carried during transport. The disposal facility shall confirm on the movement document the acceptance of the waste no later than three days after its receipt and transmit it to the notifier and the competent authorities concerned. No later than 30 days after completion of disposal and no later than one year after receipt of the waste, the disposal facility shall confirm such disposal to the notifier and the competent authorities concerned by sending them a signed copy of the movement document. If the waste is subject to the disposal procedure specified in the notification immediately after acceptance (e.B. within three days) at the disposal facility, the acceptance and disposal may be transmitted at the same time. In this case, the last step as described above is omitted.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment

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