When importing textile goods into Canada, it is vital to pay close attention to the labelling. The requirements for proper labelling are detailed in the Textile Labelling Act . The Act is in place to protect consumers from false labelling/advertising of textile fiber products. Importers that violate the Act can potentially face fines up to ten thousand dollars, or imprisonment for up to a year.
The list of what items need to be labelled prior to import into Canada is extensive and can be found in Schedule I of the Regulations. The list includes textile articles worn by or carried on a person, floor coverings, outer coverings of upholstered furniture, draperies, carpets, table cloths, towels, bed linen, umbrellas and tents to name a few.
Three mandatory requirements covered in the Regulations include the disclosure of fabric content information, bilingual writing and the identity of the importer.
The Regulations require that the label must be legible and accessible to the consumer at the time of purchase. Labels, depending on the textile article may take a variety of forms such as:
The Textile Labelling Act is a regulatory statute that requires imported consumer textile articles bear accurate and meaningful labelling information to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions. The Act sets out specifications for mandatory label information such as the generic name of each fiber present and dealer identification. The penalties for not following these rules are hefty, so it is important for importers to get familiar with all regulation and adhere to them.
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