9 Oct 2015
Colombia Amends Labelling Requirements for Clothing, Footwear and Made-ups
Colombia recently amended its labelling requirements for apparel, footwear, textile made-ups of chapter 63 and made-up products of heading 4202. The new labelling regulations for apparel and textile made-ups of chapter 63 require the country of origin, the name of the producer and/or importer, and fibre and care information to be on a permanent label. Other information, such as the size/dimensions of the product, may be included on a temporary label. In the case of footwear and made-up products of heading 4202, only the country of origin and information on the materials (i.e., upper, lining and outsole in the case of footwear and covering and lining in the case of made-up products) will be required to be on a permanent label.
The amended regulations for footwear and made-up products of heading 4202 also clarify that abbreviations, symbols and pictograms may be used on labels. They also remove certain language requiring that the label be stamped, sewn, adhered to, tied to, printed or recorded on the footwear or made-up product and instead require the information indicated above to be on a permanent label. Additionally, the regulations provide that in instances where the information required on the permanent label cannot be stamped, sewn, stencilled, printed or recorded due to the design of the product or the material from which the product is made, that information may exceptionally be provided on a label adhered to the product’s packaging.
For their part, the amended regulations for apparel and textile made-ups explicitly allow sectional disclosure of components with different fibre content and eliminate the requirement to provide the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio, or SIC) registration number, requiring that the producer’s or importer’s tax identification number (NIT) be provided instead.
The amended regulations will enter into force on 22 December in the case of footwear and made-up products of heading 4202 and 23 December in the case of apparel and textile made-ups of chapter 63.