FDA & FTC Labeling

FDA & FTC Labeling

Fashion Labeling is a part of the McNeese Trade Facilitation and Trade Compliance service, because proper labeling can facilitate your international transactions.

Rules are burdensome for marking and labelling garments to clarify the country of origin, the name of the manufacturer, and the RN and CN number. Furthermore, there are requirements relating to the typology/physical characteristic of clothing labels (given size, font used, etc). These standards are different than those from the EU, meaning that special labels are needed for the US and Canadian markets.

In Canada bilingual English-French labels are needed if you would like to sell your garments in all of the Canadian provinces. If your label does not comply with Canadian statutory and regulatory requirements, you could face legal action by the Canadian Competition Bureau and/or the Canada Border Services Agency.

Specific European Union Parliament and Council Directives exist for textile garment labeling requirements and infringing garments may be seized by Customs or the fair competition authorities. International industry standards must also be considered.

Demand for eco-fashion is resulting in manufacturers applying eco-labels to fashions and accessories. Keep in mind that specific national and international regulatory requirements must be met prior to affixing an eco-label to a garment.

Fashion customers wants clothes in which the colours don't run when they are washed or dry-cleaned. Do you know the recognized industry standards so you can include them in your supplier selection process and in your purchasing contracts?

Labeling requirements exist regarding cleaning and maintenance instructions for garments, and If your labels do not comply with consumer protection labeling and Customs marking requirements, your garments could be denied entry until they are brought into compliance. Less obvious but equally important is to know with regards to the United States is that the FDA and USDA have far-reaching labelling requirements which affect a wide variety of products (example, sunglasses a common fashion accessory).

Failure to comply with a Customs redelivery notice could result in fines and liquidated damages, and it could result in your surety company having to pay Customs a bond claim with the surety company then turning around and suing you for negligence. Pursuant to 19 CFR 141.113(b), U.S. Customs has up to a maximum of 180 days to send you a redelivery notice back to a Customs warehouse for apparel products after the date of release. Therefore, it is in your best interest to meet your labelling and marking requires by affixing compliant care and marking labels during the manufacturing process and prior to exporting the goods from the country of origin.

Due to McNeese's fluency in various European and North American languages and experience in fashion labeling regulatory requirements, we can offer specialized multi-lingual fashion labeling services.


McNeese spoke on behalf of its clients needs and was cited in the U.S. Federal Register as follows: