Labelling Of Goods In The Republic Of Kazakhstan
Product labelling is a control and identification mark affixed to packaging, labels, tags or containers.
According to international statistics, the introduction of a marking mechanism allows you to trace the full cycle of goods from the production or import of imported products to the final sale and withdrawal from circulation, as well as increase tax revenues to the budget.
What are the main objectives in labelling goods?
The main types of products covered by the label:
At the moment, tobacco products and fur products should be subject to mandatory labeling. The release of such products without appropriate labeling is prohibited. Pilot projects are currently operating for the remaining types of products.
From November 1, 2021, mandatory labeling of shoes will start.
Mandatory labeling of medicines will start on January 1, 2022.
It is important to know that the remains of unmarked tobacco products can be sold until October 1, 2021. After this transition period, all unmarked cigarette products in stores will be considered counterfeit.
Who is responsible for labelling products?
If the products are manufactured in Kazakhstan, then the digital labeling must be provided by the manufacturer himself before being put up for sale.
If the products are manufactured abroad, including in the EAEU countries, the importer labels the goods. There are three ways of labelling:
How does labeling work in Kazakhstan?
1 Step. The manufacturer puts a unique Data Matrix code on the container and sends it to the general distributor. Marking with the Data Matrix code is the application of a special means of identification on the product - a two-dimensional square image in the form of black and white fields. The code contains information about the manufacturer, country of origin, serial number and protection against hacking.
2 Step. The distributor accepts and scans the batch and dispatches it to stores and supermarkets. The Naqty Sauda Akt mobile application allows you to confirm and reject the Acceptance Certificate on the receipt of goods.
3 Step. When a store receives a new batch of goods, it reads the codes on the packages and sells legal goods through a cash register.
4 Step. At the time of the sale of goods at the checkout, a 2D scanner reads the marking and the code is removed from circulation.
5 Step. The buyer can read the markings using the Naqty onim mobile app and check the origin of the goods. The Naqty Onim mobile app also allows customers to check the legality of a product and make complaints from customers.
What information systems for labeling goods exist in the Republic of Kazakhstan?
In order to provide information support for the processes of marking goods with identification means and their further traceability in the process of circulation, a Special Information System for Marking and Traceability of Goods (IS MPT) was developed.
You can register and work in this system at the following link https://www.ismet.kz/ru/main/about-marking
Is there any liability for breaching the labelling regulations?
During the transitional period, there is no liability for violation of the labeling rules. However, in the future, amendments will be made to the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Kazakhstan in terms of establishing responsibility for the sale of unlabeling goods.
What are the main laws governing the labelling of goods?
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