Weights and measures: the law

5. Labelling packaged goods

You must put the weight or volume of your packaged goods on the label.

The quantity marking must be:

You can display an imperial measurement alongside the metric measurement but it can’t stand out more than the metric measurement.

Food

Read the rules about what you must show on packaged food labels.

Using the ℮ mark

You won’t have to meet the weights and measures rules of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries you’re exporting to if you put the ℮ mark on your packages.

You can use the ℮ mark if:

  • you pack your goods using the average system
  • your packages are between 5g and 10kg or 5ml and 10 litres

If you pack your goods using the minimum system, you can still use the ℮ mark but you’ll have to meet the ‘three packers’ rules of the average system and keep records for the goods you export.

You must put the ℮ mark on the same part of the packaging as the quantity.

You can choose to meet the rules of the country you’re exporting to instead of using the ℮ mark.

Exporting to non-EEA countries

You must meet the rules for packaged goods in the country you’re exporting to if you’re exporting outside the EEA.

You can use the ℮ mark but the country you’re exporting to may still do its own weights and measures checks on your packages.