MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
FOODS AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
NEW DELHI

Dated: May 14, 2015

NOTIFICATION

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with clause (j) of sub-section (2) of section 52 of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (1 of 2010), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further amend the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called as the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) (Amendment) Rules, 2015.

(2) Save as otherwise provided in these rules, they shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), in rule 2,-

(i) for clauses (bb) and (bc), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:-

‘(bb) “industrial consumer” means the consumer who buys packaged commodities directly from the manufacturer or from an importer or from wholesale dealer for use by that industry and the package shall have declaration ‘not for retail sale’;

(bc) “institutional consumer” means the institution who hires or avails of the facilities or services in connection with transport, hotel, hospital or other organisation which buy packaged commodities directly from the manufacturer or from an importer or from wholesale dealer for use by that institution, and the package shall have declaration ‘not for retail sale’.

(ii) in clause (k), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

“Provided that for the purposes of “retail food package”, the definition of the same contained in the rules or regulation made under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (34 of 2006) shall apply.”

3. In the said rules, in rule 6,-

(i) for sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule shall be substituted w.e.f 1st January, 2016, namely:-

“(2) Every package shall bear the name, address, telephone number, e-mail address of the person who can be or the office which can be contacted, in case of consumer complaints.”

(ii) after sub-rule (8), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-

” (9) Without prejudice to the provisions contained in this rule, it shall be permissible to affix a label on imported packages for making the declarations required under these rules.”

4. In the said rules, in rule 7,-

(i) in sub-rule (1), for the words ‘five cubic centimeters or less’ the words ‘ten cubic centimeters or less’ shall be substituted;

(ii) after sub-rule (4), the following sub-rule shall be inserted w.e.f 1st January, 2016, namely:-

“(5) the area not including the top, bottom, flange at top and bottom of cans, and shoulders and neck of bottle and jars shall be determined as follows, namely:-

(a) in the case of a rectangular package, where one entire side can properly be considered to be the principal display panel side, the product of the height multiplied by the width of that side.

(b) in case of a cylindrical or nearly cylindrical package, 40 per cent of the product of the height of the package multiplied by the circumference.

(c) in case of any other shaped package, 40 per cent of the total surface of the package, or an area considered to be a principal display panel of the package.”

5. In the said rules, in rule 9, in sub-rule (3), the proviso shall be omitted.

6. In the said rules, in rule 10, in sub-rule (1), in the Explanation, for the words ‘at which the factory is situated’, the words ‘at which the company or firm is registered’ shall be substituted w.e.f. 1st January, 2016.

7. In the said rules, in rule 12, in sub-rule (7), for the figure, words and letters “5 cubic cm or less’, the words ‘ten cubic centimeters or less’ shall be substituted.

8. In the said rules, in rule 13,-

(i) in sub-rule (5), the following Explanation shall be inserted, namely:-

Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub-rule, it is clarified that for indication the unit for litre, the letter ‘L’ may be adopted to avoid confusion with the letter ‘I’ and figure ‘I’.”;

(ii) after sub-rule (5), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-

“(6) where there are number of packages of the same commodity in a prepackage, the number of packages and the quantity of each package shall be indicated as a supplementary quantity declaration in the package.

Explanation- For the purposes of this sub-rule, where the net quantity of a package is one hundred grams, the number of packages multiplied by the net quantity of each package shall be separately indicated in numbers multiplied by its individual weigh (i.e 10 number x 10 gram).”.

9. In the said rules, in rule 26, in clause (a), the following proviso shall be inserted w.e.f. 1st January, 2016, namely:-.

“Provided that the provisions of this clause shall not be applicable for tobacco products.”

10. In the said rules, in rule 32,-

(i) in sub-rule (1), for the figures and word ’27 to 31′, the figures and word ’27 and 28′ shall be substituted’

(ii) in sub-rule (2), the words ‘either in the Act or in the rules’ shall be omitted.

11. In the said rules, in rule 33, in sub-rule (1), the words ‘of the compounding of a case or a Court decision stated in the application’ shall be omitted.

12. In the said rules in the Second Schedule, in the Table, for serial number 12 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and the entries shall be substituted, namely:-

Sl. No. Commodities Quantities in which to be packed
2 3
“1 Non-Soapy Detergents (powder) Below 50 g no restriction, 50g, 75g, 100g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 400g, 500g, 700g, 750g, 800g, 1kg, 1.5 kg, 2 kg and thereafter, in multiples of 1 kg.”.

13. In the said rules, in the Third Schedule, after serial number 3 and the entry relating thereto, the following serial number and entry shall be inserted, namely:-

Sl. No. Name of commodity
“4 Camphor”.

F.No. WM-9(86)/2014

(G Gurucharan)
Add. Secy.

Note:– The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide notification number G.S.R. 202(E), dated the 7th March, 2011 and last amended, vide notification number G.S.R 870(E), dated the 4th December, 2014.

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12 responses to “Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) (Amendment) Rules, 2015”

  1. Rajeev says:

    Sir can we print the batch coding on the top label of jar in Dishwash bar (Round)
    our side label label print matter is see on bottom.
    but we are facing erasing problem in bottom.

  2. unni .k.v says:

    what are the procedure to manufacture the soap powder items , dish wash /hand wash in bottles with label for outside marketing?pls advice

    • Shreeramakrishna says:

      Sir, under what rule/Act that repacking and relabelling is deemed to be a “Manufacturing Activity” hence all rules of manufacturer is applicable.

  3. Mukesh GUPTA says:

    What are the package rules for cattle feed products ……..most of people are packing in non standard packing of 48 and 49 kg. Is this permissable

  4. RAJESH KUMAR SINGH says:

    SIR,
    USE OF RUBBER STAMP FOR DECLARATION OF MRP/LOT NO/MONTH AND YEAR OF PACKING ON PACKAGE IS ALLOWED BY LEGAL & METROLOGY

  5. RAJESH KUMAR SINGH says:

    SIR,
    USE OF RUBBER STAMP FOR DECLARATION OF MRP /LOT NO./MONTH AND YEAR OF PACKING ON LABEL OF A PACKAGE IS ALLOWED BY LEGAL METROLOGY RULE

  6. BNSAMPATH says:

    does GST have impact on Legal Metro logy if yes what impact

  7. Christin Wang says:

    Sir,

    If the overseas supplier types wrong Import date on the Label (typing mistake of the year, it should be 2016 instead of 2017), how can we correct this mistake?

    Thanks a lot.

  8. Dilip Taraj says:

    Oats following packing:-
    1. 200g
    2. 400g +40g (10% free)
    3.1000g +200g (20% free)
    and Masala Oats Packing:-
    1. 30g
    2.60g
    3. 300g is legally allow, Please confirm
    Thanks
    Dilip Taraj

  9. Sameer Deliwala says:

    Sir,

    I would like to know that , if I import prepackaged commodity say PVC Pipe and weight of 1 Roll which may be different length in meters say 100 meters roll, 50 meters roll 30 meters roll as per different sizes, whether rule of 25 Kg weight will be applicable to this commodity ? We import in meters & sells in meters and we paste MRP sticker on each roll which is prepacked. As per Legal Metrology act MRP stick is not applicable for commodity which is more then 25 kg in weight. Is there any amendment of this rule ?

  10. shibu says:

    Sir,

    We need to know the Govt. notification for availing 4%reduction on import of commodities, for which the importer has taken the LEGAL METROLOGY REGISTRATION, .

    Please provide us the notification details.

    Regards
    Shibu
    Horse Power Logistics

  11. Subhash says:

    What are the packaging rules for Edible Oils Fats?

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