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Exporters

Exporters of every conceivable product oppose metric-only labelling. British members of the TABD Coalition formed in 1997 to oppose metric-only labelling included:

  • Food and Drink Federation;
  • Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance;
  • Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association;
  • UK Tea Packers Association

BWMA has also received comments by from individual firms:

Rock Oil Lubricants and Fuels, Cheshire  "...pleased to hear that the government is now undertaking a reappraisal of the metrication issue, particularly the effect that metric-only labelling would have on UK exports to the USA. As an exporter of lubricants to the USA, Rock Oil is compelled to show volume on packaging in gallons. Therefore, the news that the British government is obliged to implement the EC directive as from January 1st, 2000 seems short sighted and, in the long-term, difficult to achieve".
Inveresk Artists Papers, Somerset "...should like to register support for repealing the [EC metric directive]. We are producers of traditional artists papers to a [UK] market which refers to the weight of paper in lbs per ream - whatever legislation is passed! In addition to this, our major export market is the USA which only uses imperial measurements. As a result of this, our product labels list both metric and imperial and all products in our warehouse are labelled in this way. If we follow this directive, all exports to the USA would require relabelling prior to despatch with significant cost implications".
   

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