29 April 2019
Argentina Updates Labelling Requirements for Pre-Packaged Products
Argentina issued a regulation on 22 April establishing rules aimed at ensuring the transparency and fairness of commercial relations and guaranteeing access to essential information on products and services sold domestically. Specifically, the regulation unifies into a single regulatory framework, updates and modifies various domestic provisions related to fairness in commercial relations.
Among other things, the regulation updates existing labelling provisions by requiring domestically-produced and imported pre-packaged products commercialised in Argentina to include on their packaging, wrappers or labels information on (i) the product name, (ii) country of origin, (iii) product quality, purity or mixture, and (iv) net content. This information must be in Spanish, with the exception of foreign words commonly used in commerce, trademarks and other signs. Products sold in Argentina without being packaged must still include information on the product name, country of origin, and quality, purity or mixture, although if the nature or quality of the product can be ascertained at first glance the product name and quality, purity or mixture do not need to be provided. The decree indicates that the means by which the required information should be provided will be set forth in subsequent regulations.
The regulation also establishes provisions for labelling a product as made in Argentina, indicating for example that products incorporating any amount of foreign inputs or raw materials may still be labelled as such. The fact that an Argentinean product incorporates foreign inputs or raw materials may be disclosed on a voluntary basis. Foreign origin products that undergo a process of fractioning, assembly, finishing or any other similar process that does not result in a change in the product’s nature must disclose the process in question and will be deemed a foreign origin product. In the case of a product made with elements produced in various countries, it will be considered to originate in the country where the product acquired its nature.
The regulation also states that all machines, equipment, devices and energy-consuming components commercialised in Argentina must comply with any mandatory energy efficiency standards established by Argentinean authorities.