European Commission Proposes Compulsory Country of Origin Marking Rules for Imported Goods

On December 16, 2005, the European Commission issued a proposal for a regulation requiring the marking of country of origin for certain products imported from third countries (e.g., imports from outside the European Union and certain other associated countries). The proposal introduces for the first time ever a mandatory country of origin marking system (“made in” requirement) for a number of imported products such as textiles, jewelry, apparel, footwear, leather, lamps and light fittings, glassware, and handbags. The proposal does not cover the marking “made in EU” because it is only applicable to imported goods.

The rule is, at present, only a proposal, and must still be approved by EU Member States to become mandatory.

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