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Koreshkov: No lace underwear ban in Customs Union

MINSK (BelTA) – The Customs Union technical regulation “Concerning the safety of light industry products” contains no bans on any kinds of underwear, EEC Minister of Technical Regulation Valery Koreshkov told reporters on 18 February, BelTA has learnt.

Earlier, some media outlets reported that lace lingerie will not be available for sale in the Customs Union starting from 1 July 2014, as the ban on this kind of lingerie was imposed by the Customs Union technical regulation. Commenting on these statements, Valery Koreshkov noted: “No bans were imposed. The technical regulation contains no bans on any kinds of underwear”. According to him, the only products that will not be available for sale starting from 1 July 2014 (when the transition period will be over) are products made by manufacturers that fail to pass the certification procedure and declare compliance of their goods.

The water absorbency requirement is not new, Valery Koreshkov noted. In line with the technical regulation, water absorbency of underwear should make at least 6%. The same requirement is prescribed by the interstate standard GOST 31228-2004 “Underwear for adults. Health requirements” and also by the single sanitary and epidemiological and hygiene requirements to the goods subject to mandatory sanitary and epidemiological supervision (control). The water absorbency requirement of at least 6% is also envisaged by legal acts of the Customs Union member states. In Belarus this requirement was formalized by the state standard “Light industry products. Safety requirements and control methods” (1997).

Thus, the water absorbency requirement does not prevent the trade in lace lingerie on the market of the Customs Union, Valery Koreshkov noted.

The Customs Union technical regulation “Concerning the safety of light industry products” came into effect on 1 July 2012. The technical regulation established a list of products that are subject (not subject) to the technical regulation, safety requirements and certification and declaration procedures.