Adhere to product standards, exporters told

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - First Page - (Amor Saludar)

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) appealed to all exporters to conform to product safety and standards when exporting non-food products to Canada.

One consideration in exporting to Canada is product certification. Products which must display the mark of an accredited certification body include product categories under electrical safety, signal and security, fire fighting, protective equipment, tanks and piping for flammable fluids, and gas/fuels -all that are regulated, according to DTI.

It is also stated that regulated building products with non- mandatory certification, proof of compliance with codes and standards are needed.

Canadian importers may also insist on contractual conditions that impose liability on foreign exporters for noncompliant products and provide for refunds in the case of banned or recalled merchandise.

Foreign exporters are obliged to start implementing compliance strategies while exporters must ensure that the products exported to Canada do not have potential to cause harm and injury. Also, exporters must make sure that product packaging and labeling indicate no misleading claims relating to product safety.

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record keeping system to ensure information is available if requested by Canadian importers and review agreements with suppliers and manufacturers and consider inclusion of conditions that shift liability up the supply chain in cases of defective products.

The law, however, allows non-compliant products to enter Canadian market if it is not to be sold to the general public; intended only for exhibition and participation in trade shows; is brought into compliance after entry into Canada; or is exported for further manufacturing and subsequent re-export.

DTI stressed that Filipino exporters of goods must abide by the trade law being implemented in Canada.

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