Packaging and labelling for export
If you are exporting your goods, you need to ensure that your packaging and labelling suits the local market. For example:
- you should ensure your packaging and labelling complies with the regulations of the country you are exporting to
- you may need to translate your labelling into the local language or to mark the origin of your goods
- you may need to follow local customs to make your goods acceptable to customers - eg in some countries packaging containing food products carries a picture of the produce inside
For more information see our guide on labelling and packaging your goods for export.
Your local international trade team can help you comply with local regulations. You can find your local international trade team on the UK Trade & Investment website - Opens in a new window. You can also seek help from the commercial attaché of the country you are exporting to. You can find commercial attachés at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website - Opens in a new window.
Your packaging and labelling also needs to withstand the rigours of exporting, especially if the products are fragile or perishable. As well as your usual product packaging and labels, you need to think about the packaging and labelling you use to transport the goods, eg pallets, shrink wrapping and cartons.
Your products may be transported using several modes of transport before reaching their final destination. Your packaging needs to be suitable for each mode of transport and withstand repeated loading and unloading. Clear labelling helps to prevent goods becoming lost in transit or delayed at customs.
Your freight forwarding company may offer packaging services and be able to advise you on suitable packaging and labelling. You can find a member of the British International Freight Association on the BIFA website - Opens in a new window.
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