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  • Toilet Bowls without Water Efficiency Labels Cannot be Exported to Chinese Market

    Toilet Bowls without Water Efficiency Labels Cannot be Exported to Chinese Market


    - China to implement water efficiency label system from March 1, Exporters need to be prepared -



    From this coming August, toilet bowls without the water efficiency label will be rejected in the process of exporting to China and fined up to 30,000 yuan when the related regulations are violated.


    The Institute for International Trade (President, Shin Seung-kwan) of the Korea International Trade Association informed through a report titled ‘Implementation of Mandatory Labeling of 
    Water Efficiency in China and Countermeasures of Korean Companies’, that the Chinese government has enacted a water efficiency labeling system which requests to register information of water consumption products and compliance label of water efficiency grade since March 1. The Chinese government has recently issued a list of primary items and the new regulation for toilet bowls will be effective from August 1.

    According to the report, product registration process will take up to 15 days to be completed. However, it may take a considerable amount of time for water efficiency inspection which is required for the registration. Therefore, Korean companies exporting toilet bowls to China are advised to prepare inspection reports as well as laboratory verification data in advance to submit at the time of registration and print out and produce the labels by confirming the water efficiency grade of the exporting products ahead of time. 



    Toilet bowl producers and importers have to display water efficiency labels on the visible parts of the products or packages and include the relevant information in the product manuals. Also, the online merchants have to present the labels in visible spots on the main page of the product information.



    The report anticipates that there will be additional second and third water efficiency label lists by illustrating the previous case that the Chinese government has expanded the number of items subject to energy labels through 14 lists. Therefore, the exporters of other water consumption products such as washing machines and bidets can not be relieved, and it is necessary to pay close attention to the announcement of the Chinese government's additional lists.



    Jang Hyun-sook, a researcher at the Korea International Trade Association, said, "China's environmental regulations are constantly strengthened. We need a strategic approach to utilize this as an opportunity to take a lead in Chinese market by focusing on the development of eco-friendly products that can reduce water consumption.

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