Counterfeit CE markings on China export products

The German Federal Government points out that the “affixing of markings, signs or inscriptions whose meaning or form may be confused by third parties with the meaning or form of the CE marking” is prohibited by a regulation to that effect. Only products bearing a correctly depicted CE mark may be imported into the EU.

As reported by the Bundestag, the German Federal Government is aware of the problem of forged or inadmissible CE markings on Chinese export products. This evidently is a known problem and is regularly raised in dialogue with the Chinese authorities responsible, as explained in reply (19/28089) to a minor enquiry (19/27601) by the FDP parliamentary group. The Federal Government points out that the “affixing of markings, signs or inscriptions whose meaning or form may be confused by third parties with the meaning or form of the CE marking” is prohibited by a regulation to that effect.

Only products bearing a correctly depicted CE mark may be imported into the EU. Whether CE marks are falsified or unintentionally misdepicted is irrelevant as far as the customs authorities are concerned. Only if the CE mark complies with the legal requirements in terms of dimensions and size is it possible to enter the EU market.

Exporters from third countries as well as EU importers should obtain information in advance about the requirements that goods bearing the CE mark have to meet and how to implement the CE marking correctly.

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