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About to import products from China or elsewhere in Asia? Then you need to ensure that the products are properly labeled.
In this article, we explain what every importer must know about labeling requirements in the EU, US and Australia.
We also explain why you cannot rely on your manufacturer to ensure compliance on your behalf. In fact, most of them don’t even know how products must be labeled in your market.
Keep reading, to ensure that your products are not seized by the customs authorities!
What is ‘Product Labeling Requirements’?
Most countries have legal requirements for how a product shall be labeled. A label can, for example, inform the customer about the following:
- The manufacturing country
- If the product meets certain legal safety requirements (i.e., compliance marks)
- Size, material and other general product information
- Warning labels and user instructions
Some labeling requirements apply to all, or a wide range of, product categories.
For example, all products in the US must be labelled with the country of origin (i.e., Made in China). In the European Union, many products must be CE marked.
Other labeling requirements apply to specific products. Examples include toys, electronics and textiles – each with their own set of unique labeling requirements.
Notice that labeling requirements are usually just one of many requirements that importers must fulfil to ensure compliance with certain regulations.
In addition, you may need to keep track of the following:
Technical Compliance: This means that the product is manufactured according to certain technical standards, or substance restrictions. The product is therefore able to pass the necessary tests.
Documents Requirements: The Importer is required to create and store a set of documents. Such documents may include circuit diagrams, component lists, design drawings and risk assessments.
It is important to underline that this article does not include information above the two points above. Continue Reading →