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
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.
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