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Brexit: impact on textile labelling

The UK will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union on 1st January 2021

 

 

Whilst businesses have had a long time to prepare, this change will have a dramatic effect on every element of United Kingdom (UK)/ European Union (EU) trade. A potential Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU will establish whether and which goods will circulate between these two areas on a tariff free basis as well as other issues around border controls.

 

However, even if there is a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU, it is expected that

  • Customs declarations will still be required at the border in both directions;
  • ATA Carnets will be required for attending tradeshows;
  • Companies will need to protect their design rights in the UK and the EU;
  • there will be separate REACH requirements for the EU and the UK;
  • and there will be special arrangements for goods moving through Northern Ireland.

 

If you bring manufactured goods into Great Britain from the EU or EEA and want to place them on the market, you will have new responsibilities. (Please note Great Britain refers to England, Scotland and Wales. Separate requirements apply to Northern Ireland).

 

Textile care labelling requirements: some will remain the same but some will change.

 

The following will remain the same

 

  • There will be no change to the requirement to have full fibre content information fixed on the label of the garment. The content of EU regulation 1007/2011 will be passed in to UK law on 1st January, 2021.
  • There will be no change to the care labelling requirements. There is no legal requirement to include care information but if you do not include care information, you would be responsible for any damage caused to the garment if the consumer had undertaken a reasonable cleaning process. Remember though that since 2018 the GINETEX symbols have been protected by trademarks in the UK.
  • There will be no compulsory origin labelling unless the consumer could be misled as to where a garment was made.

 

The following are new requirements for products coming in to the UK from the EU

 

  • You must label the goods with your company’s details, including your company’s name and a contact address in the UK as of 1st January 2021. Until 31 December 2022 these details can be on accompanying documentation. After that they will need to be permanently fixed to the product. However, in order to ensure the consumer is not mislead, this could mean that you would also have to include Country of Origin labelling on the garment.
  • CE and UKCA Marking

 

 

 

The UKCA mark is a new product marking that will be used in Great Britain (i.e. it does not apply to Northern Ireland). It covers most goods previously covered by the CE mark including toys and PPE.

 

While the UKCA mark can be used from 1st January 2021, in most cases businesses can continue to use the CE mark until 1 January 2022.
 
The UKCA mark will not be recognised in the EU. Goods sold in the EU will have to continue to meet the requirements of, and be labelled with, the CE mark.
 
Please check with your current CE certifying organisation whether your current certification will remain valid or whether the goods need to be re-certified by another organisation.
 
 
The following advice has been prepared by the UK Fashion & Textile Association, GINETEX’s National Member in the UK. More information on the impact of Brexit on UK/EU trade, including a series of FAQ’s, can be found on the UKFT website www.ukft.org
 

If you have any question on the impact and requirements in relation to Brexit, GINETEX is at your disposal for any complementary information at ginetex@ginetex.net

 

 

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