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Retailers and wholesalers warn of dangers from direct consumer imports

Speaking today on the occasion of the International Product Safety Week, Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce said:

“Our members are deeply worried at the influx of dangerous products sold by unscrupulous non-EU manufacturers and sellers, directly targeting EU customers. These products are not subject to any controls and can cause serious harm to consumers. They also represent unfair competition to responsible EU producers, importers and retailers who work hard to ensure that their products are safe and meet EU standards. Any new regulation has to reflect this new reality and help national authorities in responding appropriately to these threats. Rogue traders who deliberately bring non-compliant products into the EU should be stopped and punished.”

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Retailers and wholesalers call for decisive EU action on product safety

In conjunction with International Product Safety Week and the conference being held this week in Brussels, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today pressed Europe’s decision-makers to look at further action on product safety, a core issue for the retail and wholesale sector. The EU should move forward on at least the most important elements of the blocked product safety package.

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Origin Labelling

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Consumer Product Safety & Market Surveillance Package

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The Commission’s proposal on Compliance and Enforcement (part of the Goods Package)

A coherent and effective legal framework for market surveillance is needed. EuroCommerce welcomes the Commission’s continued work to improve market surveillance legislation and we strongly support the risk-based approach in this proposal: Competent authorities should first and foremost take action against rogue traders, while providing advice and compliance support to law abiding businesses. As a general principle, proportionality and differentiation between formal non-compliance and material non-compliance needs to feature more prominently throughout the regulation.

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