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Colombia Amends Garment and Textile Products Labeling Regulation

November 11, 2015

COLOMBIA - The Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has released Resolution No. 3023, amending Article 5.2 of Resolution No. 1950 on labeling of garments that was originally published on July 17, 2009. General requirements include:

  • Label and label lettering must be durable
  • The information shall be indicated clearly and can easily be read by the consumer at first glance
  • When the products are sold in pairs with the same material and design, such as socks or gloves, only one item of the pair needs to be labeled
  • If the products have two or more pieces or parts, each piece or part needs to be labeled
  • For products that are marketed in closed packaging, where the consumer is unable to see the content, a packaging label with the required information must be attached
  • The information must be in Spanish, and may additionally be presented in other languages
  • The information presented on the label must be truthful and not misleading or confusing to the consumer

The following minimum labeling requirements are also required:

  • Country of origin
  • Name of the manufacturer and/or importer, including their respective NIT (importer’s tax identification number)
  • Care and maintenance instructions
  • Textile materials used in the manufacture of the product
  • If a product has separate components with different fiber compositions, the composition of each component should be identified separately on the label
  • Size and dimension, if applicable
  • If the product has a lining, the content of the lining shall be disclosed as a sectional disclosure
  • When the product is imperfect, information on the label advising the consumer must be included

Published on September 18, 2015, the decree will take effect on December 18, 2015.