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Argentina’s Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Further Amended

The Argentinean government has amended certain test report provisions associated with the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, apparel and footwear. Under this system, producers and importers of textiles and apparel must provide a declaration with the fibre composition of their products, while footwear producers and importers must provide a declaration with the constituent materials.

The new regulation sets minimum requirements for test reports for textile, apparel and footwear products, which must include at least the following information: (i) name and address of the issuing laboratory (if an independent lab is used) or the producer’s lab; (ii) company requesting the report; (iii) date of issuance; (iv) report number or work order; (v) number of pages; (vi) identification of the sample, including a description and identification code whenever applicable (pictures of the sample may be included on a voluntary basis); (vii) date of testing; (viii) test method used, including a mention of the technical standard utilised; (ix) test results; (x) margin of error, whenever applicable; (xi) comments; and (xii) signature and mention of the person or lab responsible for the report.

In the case of textile and apparel products, the individual and average fibre content of each component must be disclosed, as well as whether the result is on a dry or conditioned basis and whether the product has undergone any pre-treatment. In the case of footwear products, the report must disclose the composition of the material that accounts for at least 80 percent of the surface area of each footwear component (upper, lining and outsole) or, if no material accounts for at least 80 percent of the surface area, the composition of the two principal constituent materials of each component. If a textile component is used as a main constituent material in a footwear product, the fibre content of such material must be disclosed. If a leather component is used as a main constituent material in a footwear product, the animal species must be disclosed and, in the case of cow leather, an indication must be made as to whether the component consists of full grain leather or rawhide.

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