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Plastic Packaging Tax

Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) was introduced on 1‌‌‌ ‌‌April 2022. If you manufacture or import 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging within a 12-month period you must register for PPT on GOV.UK, even if your packaging contains 30% or more recycled plastic.

PPT also applies to plastic packaging that is imported and already filled with goods – but you only need to account for the weight of the plastic packaging towards the 10-tonne threshold.

If you’re liable to register or have already registered, from 1‌‌‌ ‌‌January 2023 you must submit your PPT return and pay any tax due by 31‌‌‌ ‌‌January 2023.

Reusable plastic crates and transport packaging for imported goods

Reusable plastic crates fall within the definition of transport packaging and are therefore exempt from PPT when imported and filledwith goods into the UK. This exemption also applies to pallet wrap and straps when used to import goods. However, all packaging imported unfilled into the UK is still subject to PPT.

If you have previously accounted for reusable plastic crates on a PPT return where they were used to import goods into the UK, you can amend your return. Sign into your Plastic Packaging Account and select 'View or amend submitted returns'. If you are due a repayment as a result of this, request one on GOV.UK.
For additional support, check the range of resources HMRC has produced to assist businesses with PPT.

Visit the collection page for the latest guidance, including:
• help for manufacturers and importers to decide if they need to register for PPT
examples of packaging in and out of scope of PPT Step by step guides. Read to learn about what is in scope, who is liable and needs to register:
• check if you need to register and are liable for PPT
• check if your plastic packaging is in scope of the PPT


Watch recordings of our PPT webinar sessions on GOV.UK. Both webinars have been updated to reflect developments to the transport packaging exemption.

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