South American trading bloc - MERCOSUR - has approved and issued a new technical regulation on the labeling of textile products.
Online PR News – 08-February-2019 – Geneva, Switzerland – The South American trading bloc MERCOSUR (Southern Common Market) has approved and issued MERCOSUR/GMC/RES. No. 62/18 for the correct labeling of textile products. This Technical Regulation will repeal Resolution GMC No. 33/07 and establishes the labeling requirements for textile products manufactured and imported into MERCOSUR member states.
The new labeling requirements apply to textile products consisting of at least 80% textile fibers and/or textile filaments by weight. According to the regulation, mandatory labeling must include:
1. Name, business name or trademark registered in the country of consumption and tax identification of a national manufacturer or importer, or whoever imposes its exclusive trademark or company name, or who holds a license to use a trademark. (Note: "Fiscal identification" is the tax records of legal or physical persons, in accordance with the current legislation of the MERCOSUR.)
2. Country of origin preceded by the words: "Hecho en (Made in)" or "Fabricado en (Manufactured in)" or "Industria (Industry)" followed by the name of the country of origin. Designations of economic blocks or indications by country flags will not be accepted
3. Name of textile fibers or textile filaments with their content expressed as a percentage by mass. (The generic name of textile fibers, textile filaments and their accepted descriptions are listed in Appendix A of the Technical Regulation.)
4. Care labelling instructions must be in accordance with the norm NM ISO 3758:2013 and may be indicated by symbols and/or texts. The following processes must be informed in the sequence described: washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and professional textile care
5. Size or dimensions as applicable
This information must be indicated in a way which is permanent, indelible, legible and clearly visible. This can be through the means of label, stamp, sticker, or similar. The information must be presented in the language used in the country in which it is to be consumed, although other languages can also be presented without prejudice.
The Technical Regulation also includes Appendix B, which covers 'Products that are not Subject to Compliance with Regulation'.
MERCOSUR is a South American economic and political entity designed to facilitate free trade among its members. Current full members include Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
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