View Full Version : Adding local are fees - Eco-Fee on only some products and applies only in one province/state

10-18-2012, 02:55 PM
Trying to figure out how to implement an Eco-Fee that is required in BC - in our case it is on light bulbs, fluorescent lights, and/or their ballasts which are either sold individually or by the box of ten (miniature lamps). The fee differs from bulb to bulb as well, so there needs to be a way to assign the correct rate to each item. It is only charged to items delivered within BC (or picked up at the store).

The fee is taxable so needs to be included in the taxable items.

Looked at the Tax system, but that is a percentage and can't work here.

I guess it could be an attribute of the item sold... will experiment with that, but it has to be fixed, not optional to the customer in BC.


10-18-2012, 10:47 PM
This is more complex than it initially sounds! As each Eco-charge is different for each lamp and it is taxable only for those people who live in a certain area.

My suggestion: Use a different customer group ... have a BC customer group ... when they sign up and their postcode = BC put them in this second customer group (small edit to login.php) This customer group has the price including the Eco-Charges. You could then simply edit product_info to say if customer_group_id=2 then should show a message about eco-tax.


10-19-2012, 07:08 AM
Yeah, and we aren't the only people to be facing these new fees. They are being implemented across Canada and the west coast of the USA for anyone selling lighting products (light bulbs, LEDs, ballasts, fluorescent lights...), paint, small appliances, smoke detectors, power tools and outdoor power equipment. The money needs to be tracked separately and remitted either monthly or quarterly (depending on sales volume).

See this link for more info (http://www.productcare.org/)...I think someone has to act to enable Eco-Fees to to be integrated into osCmax...I haven't seen anything on osCommerce contributions so far.

10-19-2012, 08:34 AM
Problem also exists in Europe - here is some info on work being done in France (http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=32268) to deal with their ecotaxes (ecofee/eco-fee)...ah, searched for ecotax, found this in oscommerce (http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contributions,4779/page,3) (in French though), there is an English version on this page (http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/5541)