16 July 2019
Brazil Adopts Updates to Mercosur Labelling Requirements for Textiles and Apparel
Brazil recently incorporated into its domestic legal regime Mercosur Common Market Group Resolution 62/18 modifying the current regional labelling requirements for textiles and apparel. Imported and domestically-produced textiles and apparel will be required to comply with the updated requirements by 10 July 2020, importers and domestic producers will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 10 January April 2021, and retailers and other parties will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 10 July April 2021.
The new regulation does not appear to include any major changes to the current requirements set forth in GMC Resolution 33/07. Some of the more notable modifications are summarised below.
- one fibre representing less than five percent by weight or two or more fibres representing less than 15 percent by weight of the fibre content of a product may be disclosed as “other fibre” or “other fibres”, as applicable (this threshold is currently 10 percent)
- a new provision clarifies that when textile yarn is intrinsically added to a fabric made from a different yarn, thereby becoming an integral part of that fabric, the fibre content of such fabric must reflect the incorporation of such yarn
- care labelling will have to be carried out in accordance with ISO 3758:2013, compared to ISO 3758:2005 currently
- new language explicitly requires the ISO 3758:2013 care symbols to be used in the correct order and comply with certain other conditions
- elastomultiester and melamine have been added as generic fibres
- the list of exclusions from the labelling requirements has been modified by adding lined buckles, Christmas and similar decorations and stuffed door seals and removing textile products for rent