EAEU: Agreement on identification labelling of products

The Agreement concluded on 2 February 2018 in Almaty, provides that EAEU Member States may introduce compulsory identification labelling for certain product groups. The provisions of the Agreement will apply to manufacturers and importers of such product groups.

The EAEU Council will take a decision on compulsory labelling of a product group based on the justification submitted by the Member States as well as the information on regulatory impact of introducing such compulsory labelling, including the potential costs that are to be incurred by importers and manufacturers.

From the date the Council imposes compulsory identification labelling requirement for a group of products, storage, transportation, sale or purchase of such products without the required label will be prohibited.  Products will have to be labelled (marked) before they are to be presented for the customs clearance procedure for the purposes of release of such products into the EAEU market for free circulation. It will be possible to label (mark) the products outside the customs territory of the EAEU.

Manufacturers will have to label their products before transportation of such products or offering them for sale (subject to a number of exemptions).

NOTE: As at 11 March 2018, compulsory identification labelling (marking) of products is required for natural fur products (e.g. coats) and it is also intended to introduce an experimental voluntary identification marking for footwear.