11 May 2018
Colombia Adopts New Technical Requirements for Batteries
Colombia recently issued through Joint Resolution 721/2018 new mandatory technical requirements for domestically-produced and imported zinc-carbon and alkaline batteries classified under HTSCO 8506.10.1100, 8506.10.1900, 8506.10.9110, 8506.10.9190 and 8506.10.9900, with the exception of rechargeable batteries, button cell batteries and batteries entered as non-commercial samples. Effective from 19 January 2019, subject batteries will have to comply with certain specific provisions regarding physical defects, dimensions, rated voltage, minimum average life expectancy and designation. Subject batteries will have to undergo conformity evaluation and a certificate of conformity will be required for both domestically-produced and imported merchandise.
Additionally, subject batteries may not contain more than 0.0005 percent (five parts per million) by weight of mercury, 0.002 percent (20 ppm) by weight of cadmium, or 0.2 percent (2,000 ppm) by weight of lead. The body of the battery must be labelled with (i) the applicable battery designation; (ii) the expiration date of the recommended use period or the year and month or week of manufacture; (iii) the country of origin; (iv) the polarity of the positive terminal; (v) the rated voltage; and (vi) the name or commercial brand of the manufacturer or supplier. Batteries not carrying this information on their body will be deemed to be non-alkaline zinc-carbon batteries. Type 4LR44 zinc-carbon batteries will not be required to disclose this information on their body due to their small size.
Moreover, a label must be affixed to the product or its packaging with (i) the number of units when that information is not apparent at first glance; (ii) the name of the domestic producer or importer; (iii) the electrochemical system of the battery (batteries without this information will be deemed to be zinc-carbon batteries); and (iv) the commercial brand.