Mexico Proposes Revision to Textile Labeling Standards
The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reports that Mexico’s standards agency (Dirección General de Normas (DGN)) has published a notice inviting interested parties to comment by Aug. 29 on a proposed modification to textile labeling standard NMX-A-240-INNTEX-2009, which covers the use of graphics/symbols in care labels. Mexico is proposing to cancel this standard and replace it with an updated standard (NMX-A-3758-INNTEX-2014), but OTEXA notes that the differences between the two standards are not specified in the notice. Interested parties may review the complete document by visiting DGN’s offices in Mexico City or request a copy from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Normalización Textil (INNTEX).
OTEXA also advises U.S. exporters with customers in Mexico to be in close contact with their customers, agents and/or customs brokers to ensure that they are aware of Mexico’s current standards and other requirements. Specifically, Mexico’s NMX-A-2076-INNTEX-2013 and NMX-A-6938-INNTEX-2013 standards covering labeling rules for natural and synthetic fibers were updated earlier this year and the changes will be effective Sept. 7. In response to numerous requests for clarification from industry, DGN has indicated that natural fibers may be listed in all capital letters, all lower case letters or with the first letter capitalized and the rest in lower case.