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28.3.2011 Exporting to New Markets

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Distributing to new markets outside the UK can be daunting. Regulations change frequently and are hard to keep up with.  Conformance can be confusing even with something as well known as CE marking. Although most people have heard of  CE marking its meaning is often unclear.

CE marking is required for many products. The CE Marking Directive states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market and meets EU health and safety requirements.

By affixing the CE marking on a product, the manufacturer declares on his/her sole responsibility that the product is in conformity with the essential requirements of the directives that apply to it and that the relevant conformity assessment procedures have been fulfilled. Products bearing the CE marking benefit from free circulation in the European Market.Other countries, such as China, have a similar marking system.  The CCC (China Compulsory Certification) mark must be obtained before a manufacturer exports to China.  Products without this mark will be held at the border and penalities can be incurred.If you are a distributor or importer you will have to know the requirements that the products you are importing or distributing must meet to be traded freely both within the EEA and globally.

Navigating any  new market can be difficult.  If you would like a free telephone consultation with our Technical Standards Director, Mike Webb, please call on 0118 977 8581for further information.

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