Notizie dall’ICE marzo 2023

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ANNATA RECORD PER LE VENDITE DI OROLOGI E GIOIELLI IN FRANCIA

(ICE) – ROMA, 30 MAR – Secondo il comitato professionale Franceclat, le vendite di orologi e gioielli sono aumentate del 20% nel 2022 per raggiungere i 7,5 miliardi di euro in Francia. Ciò testimonia un “eccezionale dinamismo” nonostante un “contesto incerto” legato al conflitto in Ucraina, all’aumento del costo dell’energia ea quello dell’inflazione, secondo il rapporto annuale del settore. Il settore francese dell’orologeria, della gioielleria e della gioielleria ha registrato una produzione di 5 miliardi di euro, con un aumento del 29%.
Con un fatturato di 381 milioni di euro, in crescita del 12% rispetto al 2021, la produzione orologiera (2.968 posti di lavoro) ha avuto “il suo anno migliore da 20 anni”. I marchi francesi, tuttavia, non catturano più del 2% delle vendite del settore in Francia. Da parte sua, la produzione di gioielli è balzata del 31% a 4,6 miliardi di euro.
In cinque anni, dal 2018 al 2022, la produzione francese di orologi e gioielli è più che raddoppiata, passando da 2,4 a 5 miliardi di euro, il che ha creato più di 2.000 posti di lavoro industriali in un settore che impiega 14.000 persone – solo per la produzione, che quindi non include le vendite e altre funzioni.
Dopo essere scese a 4,7 miliardi di euro nel 2020, contro i 7,5 miliardi di euro del 2019 – anno di attività gonfiato dalle massicce esportazioni verso il Regno Unito, prima della Brexit -, le esportazioni di orologi e gioielli lo scorso anno sono “ritornate con vigore”, indica Francéclat, per raggiungere 9,5 miliardi di euro nel 2022. «Dopo un 2021 ancora segnato da periodi di lockdown più o meno lunghi a seconda delle superfici commerciali, il 2022 è tornato a ritmi più consueti, fenomeno amplificato dal ritorno di molti turisti», commenta Francexplosion. (ICE PARIGI)

ALPHANUMERIC HALLMARKING TO CURB SMUGGLED GOLD TRADING

(ICE) – ROMA, 10 MAR – The government’s move to make six-digit alphanumeric hallmark unique identification (HUID) number mandatory on jewellery from April 1 is expected to reduce the volume of smuggled gold in the organised jewellery trade by 15 tonnes, said industry executives.

It is estimated that about 150 tonnes of smuggled gold enters the country through the grey route annually, they said.

Jewellers said smuggled gold will no longer be used for jewellery because of HUID, which helps trace the jewellery. No invoice is issued against smuggled gold and therefore any jeweller using smuggled gold will get caught if the source of gold is not mentioned in the new system, they said.

At present, hallmarking standards in India require gold to be marked with a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) logo, a purity grade in carat and fineness, and a jeweller’s identification mark. The purity grade indicates the percentage of gold in the jewellery, with 24-carat gold being 100% pure. From April 1, only six-digit alphanumeric hallmarking will be valid for gold and gold jewellery sales. Without this, sales will not be allowed.

“It is difficult to completely stop the entry of smuggled gold in the country unless the import duty is brought down,” said Saiyam Mehra, chairman, All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council. “Also, if the BIS starts hallmarking of gold bullion, for which talks are underway, the entry of gold through illegal routes will be stopped. But definitely, the government’s decision to introduce mandatory HUID will reduce usage of smuggled gold in jewellery by 10%.”

Malabar Gold & Diamonds chairman MP Ahammed said, “With HUID made mandatory, the government agencies will be able to effectively prevent tax evasion, which has been a cause of concern in the sector. This will also put the jewellery retail industry on a level playing field.”

Read more at:
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com//industry/cons-products/fashion-/-cosmetics-/-jewellery/alphanumeric-hallmarking-to-curb-smuggled-gold-trading/articleshow/98459757.cms (ICE MUMBAI)

FRANCIA: GUCCI LANCIA UN PROGETTO DI ECONOMIA CIRCOLARE IN TOSCANA

(ICE) – ROMA, 10 MAR – Per ridurre l’impatto ambientale, lavorare su nuove tecnologie e improntare programmi di riciclo e riuso dei materiali di scarto, Gucci, col sostegno di Kering, il gruppo del lusso francese di proprietà di Francois-Henri Pinault, al quale appartiene, lancia Circular Hub. Esso nasce con l’obiettivo di accelerare la trasformazione del modello produttivo del settore moda in Italia in chiave circolare, ripensando l’intera catena del valore, a partire dalle materie prime e dal design dei prodotti fino all’ottimizzazione dei processi produttivi e logistici, secondo principi di economia circolare. La sede sarà a Scandicci presso l’Art Lab e a Campi Bisenzio. L’investimento complessivo in tre anni sarà pari a 15 milioni di euro con grande rilevanza sul territorio. Per lo sviluppo delle attività progettuali, la piattaforma prevedrà inoltre il supporto di partner industriali e la collaborazione scientifica della Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa. (ICE PARIGI)

ALE OF GOLD JEWELLERY AND GOLD ARTEFACTS HALLMARKED WITHOUT SIX-DIGIT CODE TO BE BANNED FROM APRIL 1

(ICE) – ROMA, 6 MAR – Sale of gold jewellery and gold artefacts hallmarked without six-digit alphanumeric HUID — unique identification number — shall not be permitted from April 1, the government on Friday said. Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday chaired a meeting to review the activities of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

To promote quality culture in micro scale units, it has been decided that the BIS will provide 80 per cent concession on the certification/minimum marking fee across various product certification schemes.

Gold hallmarking is a purity certification of the precious metal. It was voluntary in nature till June 16, 2021.

After that, the government decided to implement mandatory gold hallmarking in a phased manner. In the first phase, it was made mandatory in 256 districts and 32 more districts were added in the second stage, taking the total number to 288 districts. 51 more districts are being added.

“starting from 1st April 2023, the sale of only gold jewellery with HUID shall be permitted,” an official statement said.

Nidhi Khare, additional secretary in the department of consumer affairs, said that “in consumers interest, it has been decided that after March 31st, sale of gold jewellery and gold artefacts hallmarked without HUID will not be permitted.”

At present, she said four digits as well as six-digit HUID are being used currently.

She said the hallmarked gold jwellery items are being sold across the country, even in those districts where it is not mandatory yet because of consumers demand for quality product.

Hallmark Unique Identification (HUID) number is a six-digit alphanumeric code consisting of numbers and letters.

HUID will be given to every piece of jewellery at the time of hallmarking and it is unique for every piece of jewellery.

The jewellery is stamped with the unique number manually at the Assaying & Hallmarking Centre (AHC).

In the meeting, Goyal directed the BIS to augment the testing infrastructure in the country.

The BIS was told to increase the frequency of product testing and market surveillance depending on the criticality of components used for the consumer safety.

BIS should also increase the frequency of lab inspection.

BIS has been directed to enhance market surveillance for different products such as pressure cooker, helmets, and other consumer products to ensure product safety.

BIS has proposed Quality Control Orders (QCO) for 663 products in the coming time.

Currently, there are 462 products covered under QCOs, the statement said.

“In an effort to promote quality culture in micro scale units, BIS is providing an 80 per cent concession on the certification/minimum marking fee across various product certification schemes of BIS,” the statement said.

Additionally, units located in the northeast will continue to receive an extra 10 per cent concession.

“We are committed to ensuring that all products in India meet the highest quality and safety standards,” Goyal said.

These measures shall promote micro scale units, enhance the testing infrastructure, and develop a culture of quality consciousness among citizens, he added.

Read more at:
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/fashion-/-cosmetics-/-jewellery/sale-of-gold-jewellery-and-gold-artefacts-hallmarked-without-six-digit-code-to-be-banned-from-april-1/articleshow/98401734.cms (ICE MUMBAI)

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