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Origin marking ("made in" marking)

In France, there is no legal or regulatory obligation for origin marking of products, except for certain agricultural products and foodstuffs such as fruit and vegetables.

With the exception of the abovementioned products, origin marking is optional and voluntary and is the responsibility of the manufacturer or importer.

NB : it is an offence to provide information which is false or likely to mislead consumers concerning the origin of a product. The French Consumer Code provides that the indication of origin must always be justified.

This justification is straightforward for products which are entirely manufactured in one country but, owing to globalisation of the manufacturing process, businesses wishing to affix origin marking on their products may face problems in proving this origin when the products are manufactured using materials originating from different countries or which have been processed in several countries.

The Community Customs Code sets the criteria for determining the origin of products.

These criteria are presented on the page on industrial product origin marking drafted jointly by the General Directorate of Customs and Excise (DGDDI) and the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF).

In particular, this information applies to the "Made in France" marking.

A guide about the products origin is available (in french only) : "Fabriqué en France"


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