Why should “Made In China” be affixed on imported products?

By justchinait
October 24, 2020

Why do we need to label “MADE IN CHINA”

It is common sense to affix the label of origin. Normally exported products must write the origin. Customs has always had this requirement, and the United States has always had this requirement for customs clearance, but the inspection is tight and sometimes loose. Therefore, the goods that were not posted on MADE IN CHINA for a period of time also enjoyed a very ideal time limit sign for receipt. That is because the customs did not check it, so there was no problem.

If the customs check the arrival of the goods without the “MADE IN CHINA” label, it may cause the goods to be detained by the customs, leading to the delay of the time limit originally promised to the customer and causing unnecessary losses to the customer.


A plastic products company in Shenzhen exported a batch of plastic bags to Denmark in 2017, but the goods were detained by the Danish customs. The reason given by the Danish Customs is that there is no “MADE IN CHINA” logo on the outer packaging of the goods. The company refused to accept it and provided a certificate of origin issued by the inspection and quarantine department. But the Danish customs said that the certificate cannot represent the label, the label must-have. In the end, this company can only complete customs clearance by paying a fine and affixing a “MADE IN CHINA” label.

Beginning in August 2016, the U.S. Customs implemented various measures such as return and seizure of products without labels indicating the origin, and many companies suffered huge losses. Not only the United States require the label of origin on the packaging of goods, but also the European Union, the Middle East, South America, and other regions have similar requirements, and some countries also require the outer and inner packaging of goods to have a label indicating the origin.


According to the US Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSIA), all consumer products exported to the United States need to have 2 traceability labels:


Mark the specific place of origin and batch number to separate it from other products and traceability can be made after problems occur.

②The label of origin must be in English, which must be obvious and easy to identify. The way of marking the label of origin must be reasonable and comply with US customs standards. The customs at the Los Angeles port in the United States are particularly strict, and there are often customs deductions for shipments that do not meet the requirements. Once detained due to the origin label issue, there are only two ways to deal with it: return or destroy.

European Union EU

In order to strengthen the current consumer product regulatory framework and consumer product safety, the European Commission proposed a series of legislative proposals on product safety and market surveillance on February 13, 2013. According to the bill, manufacturers or importers must ensure that all products sold in the EU, regardless of whether they are from the EU, indicate its origin. If the product cannot be marked with the place of origin due to its size and/or nature, the place of origin must be marked on the packaging or additional documents. For products manufactured in a member state of the European Union, the country of origin label can indicate that the country of origin of the product is the European Union or that member state. In addition, the draft product safety regulations also stipulate that all products sold in the EU must provide the name and address of the manufacturer.

Regarding textiles, the European Union’s (EU) NO.1007/2011 regulation on May 8, 2012, stipulates that the label of textile products must correctly indicate the country of origin, and the number of spinning, weaving, finishing or sewing of a textile There are at least two links in the manufacturing process that are produced in the EU before they are considered to be textiles originating in EU countries. For products imported from a third country, it should be mandatory to have a label of origin.

For furniture, the EU’s “Country of Origin Labeling Law” that came into effect on March 3, 2011, requires that wood products imported into the EU market must obtain an FSC “identity card”, which proves that the wood purchased by the manufacturer comes from a legally developed forest. Furniture made from wood without an “identity card” cannot be exported to the EU.

Saudi Arabia

Let’s talk about a case again. A certain company in Ningbo shipped to Saudi Arabia with a label of origin, but it was returned! what happened? Because this company uses sticker labels, and Saudi Arabia stipulates that the original label “must be marked by inscription or indelible printing”!

Saudi Arabia stipulates that from February 1, 2009, for all imported goods arriving in Saudi Arabia, the country of origin (Country of Origin/Made in …) of the imported goods must be inscribed in a way that cannot be removed, such as markings or stickers. On all goods. The outer box/carton must also be printed indicating the country of origin. If the goods carry double origin marks or misleading consumer information, the goods will be transferred to the Saudi Customs Authority’s legal department.

The details of the certificate of origin (COO) must also be consistent.

South American

South American countries also have mandatory requirements for marking of origin. Previously, a foreign trade company that exported to Chile was found by the local customs for forgetting to paste the origin label, and was fined $4,000!

This friend who exported to Chile suffered an unlabeled loss.

Another example is Argentina. Argentina’s general rules on labeling of origin: if a product has any mark, the mark of origin should also appear in an obvious location; for example, the container, packaging, or main label of the product should indicate the country of origin in an obvious location. However, if the main label is too small to indicate the place of origin, an additional label shall be required to indicate the place of origin. The label should be placed on the same side as the main label on the container.


The certificate of origin is the documentary material used to prove the goods’ origin when the goods are cleared. The origin label is printed or affixed on the goods’ packaging to indicate the origin of the goods. Although the two have the same purpose, they have different functions. The certificate of origin is mainly used for customs clearance and tax settlement, and the label of origin is to facilitate consumers to identify the origin of the product. Both are indispensable when exporting goods.

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