Andean Community Proposes Minimum Labeling Requirements for Clothing and Home Textiles

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  • (1888PressRelease) April 27, 2019 - The Andean Community has proposed a technical regulation regarding the minimum labeling information that must be included on clothing, accessories and home textile products.

    Andean Technical Regulation on Labelling of Clothing (SG/Dt-CAC.2012.01 - Version 2019.02.11) will affect the labeling on all products, included those that are imported, that are sold within the Community.

    The label must contain, as a minimum, the following information:
    1. Composition of the material used in the product
    2. Care and labelling instructions, in accordance with the provisions of the ISO 3758:2012 “Textiles - Care labelling code using symbols”
    3. Identification of the manufacturer or importer, including tax identification or other required records in the country of destination for the marketing of products (he inclusion of trademarks and logos does not replace the identification of the manufacturer or importer)
    4. Country of origin
    5. Size or dimensions, as applicable

    The label information concerning 3 and 5 may be non-permanent, but the information for 1, 2 and 4 must be permanent. This should be indelible, legible, visible and easily accessible to the consumer.

    The information should be expressed using:
    • Spanish (additional languages may be used)
    • International System of Units (SI) for dimensions
    • Alphabetic and/or numeric forms for sizes

    It is also stipulated that additional or special information must not obscure these minimum requirements and labels cannot be corrected by superimposing information onto the label.

    Stakeholders should also be aware that, in packages that contain sets of two or more textile products, each must be labeled. If the products are identical, for example, mittens or socks, one item in the pair may be labeled with the minimum information.

    The Andean Community is a free trade area with the objective of creating a customs union comprising the South American countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

    This technical regulation will come into effect eighteen months after it is published in the Official Gazette of the Cartagena Agreement.

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