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CA Identification Number for Textiles: Who are you?

August 29, 2011 - Tags: Regulations

Istock 000006343459xsmallIf you are involved in the business of textile fibre products, as a manufacturer, importer or seller, it is likely that product labelling is among your concerns. Your identity must appear on the labels of any textile fibre product, either in the form of your name and address or a special CA Identification Number issued only to you by the Competition Bureau.

Commonly referred to as a CA number, the CA Identification Number used for textile fibre products is composed of the letters CA followed by five digits. If you are a Canadian entrepreneur who manufactures, processes or finishes textile fibre products, you must include your CA number on your labels if you choose not to include your address. Likewise, if you are an importer or vendor of such products, this labelling requirement also applies to you.

It is your responsibility as a textile dealer to apply for the CA number, either online or by mailing in the application. There is a one-time registration fee of $100 and you should receive your number in a few days. You may also obtain more than one CA number if you choose to differentiate your product lines.

If you ever make changes to your business information, notify the Competition Bureau in writing, as you are also responsible for ensuring that your business information is accurate and up to date. This includes a change in the business name, address, phone number, or any other coordinates, as well as any end to your business activities.

Keep in mind that although the Federal Trade Commission of the United States issues a registered identification number or RN for textile, wool or fur products, this number may not be used in place of the CA number on Canadian consumer textile articles.

For detailed information about labelling your textile fibre products, consult the Guide to the Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations. For more information on the CA Identification Number, check out the Competition Bureau's handy FAQs.

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