Colombia Amends Labelling Requirements for Apparel, Footwear and Leather Goods
SAFEGUARDS | Softlines NO. 176/15
The Colombia Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has recently amended its labelling requirements for apparel, footwear and leather goods. Resolution Number 3023 of 2015 amends Resolution 1950 of 17 July 2009 on labelling of apparel and Resolution Number 3024 of 2015 amends Resolution 933 of 21 April 2008 on labelling of footwear and some leather goods. The amended regulations will become effective in December 2015.
The apparel labelling regulation requires the country of origin, the name of the producer and/or importer and fibre and care information to be on one or more permanent labels. Other information, such as the size of the garment, may be included on temporary labels.
Summary of Resolution Number 3023 of 2015 for apparel:
- Letters written on the label or labels should be durable.
- The label or labels shall be legible at first glance, to be located in a visible or easily accessible position.
- When the garments are sold in pairs made of the same material and design, such as pairs of socks or gloves, the label or labels must appear on at least one of the pieces.
- For garments comprising two or more pieces or parts, such as a set, each piece must be labelled.
- Required information may be place on packaging for certain garments where a label would negatively affect function or appearance. Such items may include pantyhose, socks, hair accessories, wristbands, neckties, reversible garments, swimsuits or underwear, etc.
- The information contained on the label should be written in Spanish. Further information can be presented in other languages.
- Labels and illustrations cannot be misleading, contradictory or confusing for the consumer.
- The label or tag must contain at least the following information:
- Country of origin
- Name of Manufacturer and/or Importer in Colombia, including their respective NIT
- Conservation and care instructions for the product may use symbols, brief and clear legends or both, as established in NTC-1806, third update of August 24, 2005
- Fiber content in percentage is required. When a product is made of two or more components with different fibre composition, the fibre content of each component should be listed separately.
- Size or dimensions, as applicable
- The fibre content for linings must be included on the same or on a separate label
- Articles with apparent defects must indicate the defect on the same or a separate label in order to inform consumers.
Highlight of the amendment:
- The NIT number is required with the name of the manufacturer or importer (NIT – Número de Identificación Tributaria - Taxes Identification number)
- Fibre composition – there is no exemption for textile fibers or materials representing less than 5% of the article.
Summary of Resolution Number 3024 of 2015 for footwear and other leather goods:
- The information contained on the label must be written in Spanish. Further information can be presented in other languages. The label may also include expressions, abbreviations, symbols or pictograms.
- The label must be legible and located in a visible place on the product.
- The label may include additional information provided that it is not misleading, contradictory or confusing.
- The information contained on the label must be truthful and not mislead or deceive the consumer.
Highlight of the amendment:
- Only the country of origin and information on materials (i.e. upper, lining and outsole for footwear) is required to be on a permanent label for footwear and other leather goods. Other information such as the importer or manufacturer name may be included on temporary labels.
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