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Author Topic: Is there any UK law requiring to indicate country of origin on imported goods?  (Read 588 times)

Offline Cosmos

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If you buy bottled goods from Poland or Canada for example would there be some indication thereon of country of origin?
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The answer is Yes, there is. The European Union has rules saying that the place of origin should be stated on labelling*.  And, as a member of the EU, their laws become our laws.  You can wade through all the bumph on it at..

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rules-of-origin
  Happy reading!

*  I think this labelling of country of origin is mainly to make it easier for the EU to levy various levels of tax on non-EU products depending on various pacts and agreements with various non-EU countries.

PS I have no idea what the legal position might be now that Britain is planning to leave the EC.

However, I should expect that the need to collect taxes (and the need for consumers and environmentalists to know carbon footprint sizes) will mean that a law will continue to be in place governing origin on labelling even when Britain stands alone outside the EU.
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