New Footwear and Leather Labeling Requirements for Andean Community

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  • (1888PressRelease) February 21, 2020 - A new Technical Regulation covering minimum labeling requirements for footwear, leather goods, travel and similar items, has been approved for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, collectively known as the Andean Community.

    Andean Technical Regulation No. 2017 was passed in November 2019. It sets out the minimum labeling information that must be included on footwear, leather goods, travel and similar items, to avoid consumers being misled.

    Labels must contain, as a minimum, the following information (includes the permanency of the label):
    a) Predominant material that constitutes the product - permanent
    b) Manufacturer or importer’s identification - permanent or non-permanent
    c) Size (only for footwear) - permanent or non-permanent
    d) Country of origin or manufacturing - permanent

    The regulation indicates the type of expressions that can be used for country of origin. Although similar phrases may be applicable, examples include:
    “Hecho en …”
    “Fabricado en…”
    “Elaborado en…”

    The predominant material must be determined by excluding accessories and purely decorative trims, eyelet rings, buckles, etc. For footwear, the label must include information on the predominant materials in the following key parts of the shoe:
    • Upper
    • Lining
    • Insole - only materials that come into contact with the foot
    • Sole

    The predominant material is determined by what constitutes at least 80% of the surface area of each part of the shoe, and at least 80% of the volume of the insole. In cases where no single material meets this criterion, the two main materials used in that part will be entered, with the predominant one being the one with the most usage.

    For leather goods, travel and similar items, the content information on the predominant materials refers to the following parts:
    • Shell
    • Lining (if there is no lining, it should be marked ‘unlined’)

    The same rules are used to determine the predominant material.

    Stakeholders should be aware that the Technical Regulation describes what information should be permanent and what can be contained on a non-permanent label. It does, however, include a provision that states a non-permanent label can be used when it is unfeasible to present the required permanent information by stamping, stenciling, sewing, printing or engraving.

    The above information must be contained on one or more labels. It must be written in simple terms and must be indelible, legible, visible and easily accessible to the consumer. It must be written in Spanish, although additional languages, expressions, abbreviations, symbols or pictograms may be used.

    It should be noted that additional or special information must not cover or distort the minimum information required. The Technical Regulation also states that corrections and updates with the new information cannot be superimposed over an original label.

    Stakeholders manufacturing or importing ‘sets’ - two or more pieces - should note that all items should be labelled individually, even if they contain the same composition of materials. The exception is footwear. If it is manufactured to the same design and using the same material, the required information need only be presented on one of the pair, but the shoe size must be on both.

    Technical Regulation No. 2017 comes into effect twelve months after it is published in the Official Gazette of the Cartagena Agreement.

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    Consumer and Retail — Softlines
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