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Brazil Adopts New Technical Requirements for Toys, Lighters, Other Products

Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) has taken the following actions over the past few months of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters.

  • Toys
    INMETRO has approved through Directive 563/2016 new mandatory technical and conformity assessment requirements for toys. This regulation sets forth a range of requirements for toys, including the need to include on the packaging a commercial bar code in accordance with Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) provisions. Toys must undergo conformity assessment and obtain an INMETRO registration to be able to carry a conformity seal. Imported toys covered by this regulation will be subject to non-automatic licencing. Imported and domestically-produced toys will be required to comply with the new requirements by 30 December 2018, importers and domestic producers will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 30 June 2019, and retailers and other parties will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 30 June 2020.
  • Gas Lighters
    INMETRO has approved through Directive 562/2016 new mandatory technical requirements for disposable and rechargeable gas lighters. Imported and domestically-produced subject vehicles will be required to comply with these requirements by 30 June 2018, importers and domestic producers will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 30 December 2018, and retailers and other parties will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 30 June 2020.
  • Street Lighting Fixtures
    INMETRO has approved through Directive 20/2017 new mandatory safety and energy efficiency requirements for street lighting fixtures, including fixtures with discharge lamps of up to 600 watts as well as LED lighting fixtures. Imported and domestically-produced street lighting fixtures will be required to comply with these requirements by 17 August 2018, importers and domestic producers will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 17 February 2019, and retailers and other parties will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 17 February 2020.
  • Container Carriers
    INMETRO has approved through Directive 561/2016 new mandatory safety requirements for motor vehicles designed to carry containers as well as container lashing devices. Imported and domestically-produced subject vehicles will be required to comply with these requirements by 30 December 2018, importers and domestic producers will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 30 June 2019, and retailers and other parties will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 30 December 2021.
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