Trade Descriptions Act 1972

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1972 c. 34


Trade Descriptions Act 1972

1972 CHAPTER 34

An Act to require certain names and marks applied to imported goods to be accompanied by an indication of origin.

[29th June 1972]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Indication of origin on certain imported goods.

1 Indication of origin on certain imported goods.

(1) Where a name or mark which—

(a ) is a United Kingdom name or mark; or

(b ) is likely to be taken for a United Kingdom name or mark (whether or not such a United Kingdom name or mark actually exists);

is applied to goods manufactured or produced outside the United Kingdom, subsection (2) of this section shall apply except as otherwise provided by or under this section.

(2) If any person, in the course of a trade or business, supplies or offers to supply the goods, then, unless—

(a ) the name or mark is accompanied by a conspicuous indication of the country in which the goods were manufactured or produced; or

(b ) the name or mark is neither visible in the state in which the goods are supplied or offered nor likely to become visible on such inspection as may reasonably be expected to be made of the goods by a person to whom they are to be supplied;

the person supplying or offering to supply the goods shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, be guilty of an offence.

(3) Subsection (2) of this section does not apply to second-hand goods.

(4) Subsection (2) of this section does not apply to goods used or to be used as containers or labels for other goods supplied or offered to be supplied in the course of a trade or business.

(5) If the Secretary of State is satisfied, after considering such representations (if any) as may be made to him by persons appearing to him to have a substantial interest in the matter, that the interests of persons in the United Kingdom to whom goods of any description may be supplied or to whom goods may be supplied under any designation would not be materially impaired by his doing so and that it is desirable for him to do so, he may by statutory instrument give directions for excluding or relaxing the provisions of subsection (2) of this section in relation to goods of that description or in relation to that designation, either generally or in such circumstances or subject to...

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