Labeling Requirements

The following table summarizes the labeling requirements in various countries. For more details, click on the country name. Information contained in this table is provided only as a guide. It is important to check with your importer or the appropriate authorities to confirm the current labeling requirements.

Please note that the red text indicates compulsory requirements and that "N/A" indicates that information is not available.
Country
Language
Fiber Content
Origin
Care
Manufacturer/ Importer Info.
Size
AlgeriaArabicMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AOptional
AngolaPortuguese, English, and French (optional)OptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
ArgentinaSpanishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryImporterMandatory
ArmeniaArmenianOptionalMandatoryOptionalManufacturerOptional
AustraliaEnglishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AOptional
AustriaGermanMandatoryOptionalMandatory*OptionalOptional
BahrainArabic or EnglishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
BangladeshEnglish or BanglaN/AMandatoryN/AN/AN/A
BelgiumDutch, French or German*MandatoryN/AOptionalN/AN/A
BrazilPortugueseMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerMandatory
BulgariaBulgarian, English, French, or GermanN/AOptionalN/AN/AOptional
CameroonFrench and EnglishN/AMandatoryN/AManufacturerN/A
CanadaEnglish and FrenchMandatoryMandatoryOptionalEitherOptional
ChileSpanishN/AMandatoryOptionalN/AMandatory
ChinaChineseMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerMandatory
ColombiaSpanishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryBothMandatory
Costa RicaSpanishOptionalOptionalOptionalN/AOptional
Cote d'IvoireFrenchN/AMandatoryN/AN/AN/A
CroatiaCroatianMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryImporterMandatory
CyprusGreekMandatoryN/AMandatoryN/AN/A
Czech RepublicCzechMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
DenmarkDanish Norwegian or SwedishMandatoryN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dominican RepublicSpanishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherOptional
EcuadorSpanishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherMandatory
EgyptArabicMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerMandatory
El SalvadorSpanishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherMandatory
EstoniaEstonianMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherMandatory
European Unionsee member country requirementsMandatorysee member country requirementssee member country requirementssee member country requirementssee member country requirements
FijiMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerN/A
FinlandFinnish & SwedishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherOptional
FranceFrenchMandatoryN/AOptionalEitherOptional
GabonFrenchN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
GhanaEnglishMandatoryN/AN/AN/AN/A
GermanyGermanMandatoryN/AOptionalN/AN/A
GreeceGreekMandatoryN/AN/AManufacturerN/A
GuatemalaSpanishN/AOptionalN/AN/AN/A
GuyanaMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerMandatory
HondurasN/AMandatoryN/AManufacturerN/A
Hong KongOptionalOptional OptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
HungaryHungarianMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
IndiaEnglish and HindiMandatoryMandatoryOptionalBothMandatory
IndonesiaIndonesianOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
IrelandEnglishMandatoryN/AN/AN/AN/A
IsraelHebrewMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryImporterMandatory
ItalyItalianMandatoryN/AN/AEitherN/A
JamaicaEnglishN/AMandatoryN/AEitherN/A
JapanJapaneseMandatoryN/AMandatoryEitherOptional
JordanArabicN/AMandatoryN/AN/AN/A
KazakhstanKazakh and RussianMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerOptional
KuwaitArabic or Arabic/English OptionalMandatoryOptionalN/AOptional
LatviaLatvianMandatoryN/AN/AN/AN/A
LebanonArabic, French or EnglishOptionalMandatoryOptionalN/AOptional
LithuaniaLithuanianMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
LuxembourgFrench, German or LuxembourgishMandatoryN/AN/AN/AN/A
MalaysiaBahasa Malay or English OptionalOptionalOptionalImporterOptional
MaltaMaltese or EnglishMandatoryOptionalOptionalN/AOptional
MexicoSpanishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherMandatory
MoldovaRomanianN/AMandatoryN/ABothN/A
MoroccoArabic and FrenchMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryOptionalMandatory
NepalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
NetherlandsDutchMandatoryOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
New ZealandEnglishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AOptional
NicaraguaSpanishN/AMandatoryOptionalOptionalOptional
NorwayNorwegianMandatoryOptionalMandatoryN/AOptional
PakistanEnglish or UrduOptionalMandatoryOptionalManufacturerOptional
PanamaSpanishN/AN/AN/AManufacturerN/A
ParaguaySpanishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryBothMandatory
PeruSpanishMandatoryMandatoryN/ABothN/A
PhilippinesEnglish or Filipino MandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerOptional
PolandPolishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerMandatory
PortugalPortugueseMandatoryOptionalOptionalImporterN/A
QatarArabicMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
RomaniaRomanian, multilingualMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AOptional
RussiaRussianMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherMandatory
Saudi ArabiaArabicMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
SenegalFrenchN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
SingaporeEnglish OptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
Slovak RepublicSlovakMandatoryN/AN/AN/AN/A
SloveniaSloveneMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
South AfricaMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AN/A
South KoreaKoreanMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerOptional
SpainSpanish, multilingualMandatoryOptionalMandatoryImporterN/A
SwedenSwedishMandatoryOptionalOptionalN/AN/A
SwitzerlandGerman, French, or ItalianOptionalOptionalOptionalN/AOptional
SyriaN/AMandatoryN/AManufacturerOptional
Taiwantraditional Chinese charactersMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryImporterMandatory
ThailandThai MandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
Trinidad & TobagoMandatoryMandatoryN/AEitherN/A
TunisiaArabic and French or EnglishMandatoryOptionalOptionalN/AOptional
TurkeyTurkishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherMandatory
UgandaStandardStandard
UkraineUkrainian/
Russian
MandatoryMandatoryMandatoryN/AMandatory
UruguaySpanishN/AMandatoryMandatoryBothMandatory
UzbekistanUzbek and RussianOptionalMandatoryOptionalN/AMandatory
UAEEnglish OptionalMandatoryOptionalOptionalMandatory
United KingdomEnglish, multilingualMandatoryOptionalOptionalN/AOptional
USAEnglishMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryEitherOptional
VenezuelaSpanish MandatoryMandatoryMandatoryImporterMandatory
VietnamVietnameseMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryManufacturerOptional
* Austria requires use of ISO standard, but does not require the use of symbols.

** Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. All information which is required to appear on labels must be in the official language of the region where the product is commercialized. The language divide typically consists of Dutch in the northern half of Belgium (the region of Flanders), French in the southern half of Belgium (the region of Wallonia), and German in two small communities located on the Belgium-German border. Brussels is a bilingual city, thus all product labels must be printed in French and Dutch. At the retail level, all labels and indications, instructions and safety warnings should be bilingual in French and Dutch.


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