IBM has two Web-enabled databases for IBM packaging data collection on our Electronic Supply Chain Interlock (ESI) Packaging application for distribution data and environmental compliance. Usage of these new databases by our suppliers and by IBM Procurement and Engineering will be mandatory.
We (IBM) are required by law to pay fees on imports into European Union (EU) member state consortiums and schemes (and expanding into other regions of the world) to facilitate the disposal/recycling of packaging waste. If an IBM solution or consolidated shipment contains an IBM/Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) manufactured item, that item is considered "imported by IBM" and, as such, is subject to these same fees. The fees are based on the t