When sending an order you should also include any labels or numbers that you wish to have printed on the gift-box, product, or export cartons. Your supplier should be asking you (once you place your order) about the labeling requirements. These are examples:
Specific marking and labeling is used to facilitate the following issues:
- Meet legal shipping regulations
- Ensure proper handling
- Conceal the identity of the contents
- Help receivers identify shipments and forwarding requirements
- Insure compliance with environmental and safety standards
You as the buyer need to specify (with the help of the supplier) which export marks should appear on your cargo for easy identification. Products can require many markings for shipment. For example, exporters need to put the following markings on cartons to be shipped:
- Shipper’s mark
- Country of origin (CHINA)
- Weight (in pounds and in kilograms)
- Number of packages and size of cases (in inches and centimeters)
- Handling marks (international pictorial symbols)
- Safety markings such as “This Side Up” (in English and in the language of the country of destination)
- Port of entry
- Product description (a short description is sufficient and should be in the language of the destination country)
Export carton markings usually look like this:
The export carton marks should clearly be stated on your PO (order form) and from the supplier’s side on his packing list or invoice. It could look like this:
Markings should appear on three faces of the cargo, preferably on the top and on the two ends or the two sides.
Customs regulations regarding freight labeling are strictly enforced. For example, many countries require that the country of origin be clearly labeled
on each imported package. Most freight forwarders and export packing specialists can supply the necessary information regarding specific regulations.
Example of labels on gift boxes depending on where you sell:
Labels on products:
Some products require labels on the product itself with basic information. These are called rating labels. In textiles for example it’s the little tag that’s in the back. Again, your supplier should have examples or give you these labels:
Here is what a typical rating label looks like:
We provide simple labels and formats in this course.
If you are unsure about the required labeling speak with your supplier at the forwarding/logistics company. They usually know what goes where.