Import Regulations of the Eurasian Customs Union – An Overview of EAC Marking.

Import Regulations of the Eurasian Customs Union – An Overview of EAC Marking.

The EAC mark was introduced to ensure a measure for consumers to identify safe products in the five contracting states of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Products intended for circulation throughout the territory of the Eurasian Customs Union (with the same members as the Eurasian Economic Union) will only be customs-cleared if the authorities can be provided with proof of conformity. This proof of conformity is determined by the presence of a corresponding certificate in the case of compulsory certification.

History of EAC marking

Before the introduction of the EAC mark, the corresponding technical regulations (TR-CU), which confirm the conformity of products placed on the market in the USSR or Russia, were verified through the GOST and TR standards.

The Customs Code of the Customs Union between the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan has been in force since 01.07.2010.
The new Customs Code replaces the existing national certification regulations such as the Russian GOST-R, TR or Kazakh GOST-K standards with the uniform technical regulations and technical guidelines of the Customs Union by 2015.

Products that meet the requirements of the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (TR-CU), consisting of the countries Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, are marked with the EAC mark. The uniform labelling of products for the Customs Union with the EAC logo was established by Commission Decision of the Customs Union No 711 of 15 July 2011.

The EAC marking confirms that the conformity test has been successfully carried out.

Important features of the EAC marking

Products which, by their nature or quality, are subject to one or more technical regulations must bear the EAC mark before being placed on the market or put into service for the first time. All applicable technical regulations must be taken into account.

The manufacturer of a product is responsible for checking which technical regulations must apply to the product. The product may be placed on the market and put into service only if it complies with the provisions of all current technical standards and if the conformity assessment has been carried out in accordance with all applicable provisions of the technical standards and codes.

The manufacturer shall subsequently affix the EAC marking to the product (part, packaging and accompanying documents).

The marking of components with the approval mark “E” or “e” (UNECE marking) shall be treated in the same way as the EAC mark. If components are already marked with the test mark “E” or “e”, they do not have to be additionally marked with the EAC mark.

Only the ECE mark is treated as an exception. Therefore, a non-ECE marked part still must be marked with the EAC mark on the product, packaging and accompanying documentation.

Exceptions in the marking in connection with UNECE marking must be observed.

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