June 2, 2020
1. Introduction
The Standard Measurement and Weight (Sealed Package) Regulations 2020 (2075) (the “Regulation”) was published in the Nepal Gazette on May 18, 2020, by the Government of Nepal pursuant to Section 36 of Standard Measurement and Weight Act, 1968 (2025) (the “Act”).
The Act enacted in 2025 is mainly concerned with units of measurement, inspection and stamping of measurement and weight along with the authenticity of the measuring devices. The Regulations has been enacted more than 50 years later to cover and provide practicable solutions to the areas specifically not covered by the Act.
2. Scope of the Regulations
The Regulations envisages regulation of products, their labelling, weight and measurement. More specifically, the Regulations elaborates on the following: (a) Regulations of standard of package selaed goods, (b) Authentic information that is to be disclosed in Labels of sealed goods, (c) Limits for discrepancy in the standard quantity of packaged goods (d) Onus upon the producer, importer or the Packer to relay accurate information to consumer as well as Office of Standard and Meteorology (e) Type of weighing machine to be kept by Retailer, (f) Powers and duties of the Inspector and Controller .
3. Provisions related to standard of Sealed Package.
The Act has defined "Sealed Package" as packed bundles, bottles, drum (pipa), tins, barrels, boxes, pots, bags, sacks or commodities contained which are not meant to be measured or weighed at the time of sale.
“Net quantity” means total quantity of the material used while packing as well as the goods inside such package.
“Gross Quantity” refers to total quantity of goods inside a package excluding the package.
3.1. Standard for Sealed Package (Rules 3, 4, 5)
The Regulations sets the following standard for Sealed Package:
Schedule 1 of the Regulations provides for the following specifications for a product, (in terms of measurement, weight or number)
Sr. No 
Name of Product 
Net Quantity while packing 

Baby Food 
25 grams, 50 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 125 grams, 150 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 300 grams, 350 grams, 400 grams, 450 grams, 500 grams, 600 grams, 700 grams, 800 grams, 1 kgs, 2 kgs, 5 kgs, 10 kgs. 

Milk based baby food 
No restriction for weight below 50 grams weight, 100 grams above up to 900 grams in multiples of 100 gram, 1 kg, 2 kgs, 5 kgs, 10 kgs. 

Biscuit, Noodles 
25 grams, 50 grams, 60 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 120 grams, 150 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 300 grams, 350 grams, 400 grams, 500 grams, 600 grams, 700 grams, 800 grams, 900 grams, for 1 kg or above multiples of 500 grams. 

All types of Bread (except for bunbread) 
50 grams, multiples of 50 grams for 50 500 grams, above 500 grams in multiples of 100 grams. 

Ghee, butter or other solid product made from milk. 
No restrictions for weight below 25 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams, 200 grams, 500 grams, 1 kg, 2 kgs, 5 kgs, above 5 kgs in multiples of 5 kgs. 

Cereals/Corns and Lentils 
No restriction for weight below 100 grams, , 200 grams, 500 grams, 1 kg, 2 kgs, 5 kgs, above 5 kgs in multiples of 5 kgs. 

Coffee 
No restriction for weight below than 25 grams, 25 grams, 50 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 150 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 500 grams, 750 grams, 1 kg, 1.5 kgs, 2 kgs and above 2 kgs in multiples of 1 kg. 

Tea 
No restriction for weight below than 25 grams, 50 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 150 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 500 grams, 750 grams, 1 kg, 1.5 kgs, 2 kgs and above 2 kgs in multiples of 1 kg. 

Raw materials for drinks 
No restriction for weight below than 25 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 125 grams, 200 gram, 250 grams, 400 grams, 450 grams, 500 grams, 750 grams, 1 kg, above 1 kgs in multiples of 1 kg (53 gram, and 61 grams for medical use only). 

Edible oil, Vegetable oil 
No restrictions for weight below 50 grams, 100 grams, 175 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 300 grams, 500 grams, 750 grams, 1 kg, 2 kgs, 3 kgs, 5 kgs, above 5 kg in multiples of 5. If net quantity has been declared: No restrictions for weight below 50 milliliters, 100 milliliters, 150 milliliters, 200 milliliters, 250 milliliters, 300 milliliters, 500 milliliters, 750 milliliters, 1 liters, 2 liters, 3 liters, 5 liters, above 5 liters in multiples of 5. 

Milk powder 
No restrictions for weight below 50 grams, 100 grams, 150 grams, 200 grams, 500 grams, 1 kg above 1 kg in multiples of 500 grams. 

Detergent 
No restrictions for weight below 50 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 125 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 300 grams, 500 grams, 700 grams, 750 grams, 1 kgs, 2 kgs, 2.5 Kgs, 3 kgs, above 3 kgs in multiples of 1 kg. 

Flour (rice, wheat, grams, barley, finger millet etc.) 
100 grams, 200 grams, 500 grams, 1 kgs, 1.75 kgs, 5 kgs, above 5 kgs in multiples of 5 kgs. 

Salt 
Multiples of 10 grams for weight below 50 grams, 100 grams, 200 grams, 500 grams, 750 grams, 1 kg, 2 kgs, 5 kgs, above 5 kgs in multiples of 5 kg. 

Laundry soap 
25 grams, 50 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 125 grams, 150 grams, above 150 grams in multiples of 50 grams. 
Bathing soap 
15 grams, 25 grams, 50 grams, 60 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 125 gram, 150 gram, above 150 grams in multiples of 50 grams. 

Dish soap, Detergent soap 
No restriction for weight below 50 grams, 50 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 125 grams, 150 grams, above 150 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 300 grams, above 300 grams in multiples of 100 grams. 


Carbonated light drinks filled with gas (nonalcoholic) 
65 milliliters(with fruit juice), 100 milliliters, 125 milliliters, 150 milliliters, 160 milliliters, 175 milliliters, 180 milliliters, 200 milliliters, 240 milliliters, 250 milliliters, 300 milliliters, 330 milliliters, 350 milliliters, 400 milliliters, 475 milliliters, 500 milliliters, 600 milliliters, 750 milliliters, 1 liters, 1.2 liters, 1.25 liters, 1.5 liters, 1.75 liters, 2 liters, 2.25 liters, 2.5 liters, 3 liters, 4 liters, 5 liters. 

Mineral water, Drinking water 
100 milliliters, 150 milliliters, 200 milliliters, 250 milliliters, 300 milliliters, 500 milliliters, 750 milliliters, 1 liters, 1.5 liters, 2 liters, 3 liters, 4 liter, 5 liters, above 5 liters in multiples of 5 liters. 

Cement 
1 kg, 2 kgs, 5 kgs, 10 kgs, 20 kgs, 25 kgs, 40 kgs (for white cement), 50 kgs. 

Cigarette, Cigar 
10 sticks, 20 sticks, 50 sticks, 100 sticks and above 50 sticks in multiples of 50. 

Matches in a Match box 
10 sticks, 20 sticks, 50 sticks, 100 sticks and for above 100 sticks in multiples of 100. 

Power Spices/herbs 
25 grams, 50 grams, 75 grams, 100 grams, 120 grams, 150 grams, 200 grams, above 200 grams in multiples of 100 

Sugar 
100 grams, 200 grams, 250 grams, 500 grams, 1 kgs, 2 kgs, 5 kgs, above 5 kgs in multiples of 5 kgs. 

Milk 
100 milliliters, 200 milliliters, 500 milliliters, 1 liters, 2 liters, 3 liters, 4 liters, 5 liters, above 5 liters in multiples of 5. 

Paint, Varnish, Enamel etc (except paste and solid paint) 
50 milliliters, 100 milliliters, 200 milliliters, 500 milliliters, 1 liters, 2 liters, 3 liters, 3 liters, 4 liters, 5 liters, above 5 liters in multiples of 5. 
Paste paint or solid paint 
500 grams, 1 kg, 1.5 kgs, 2 kgs, 3 kgs, 5 kgs, 7 kgs, above 7 kgs in multiples of 5. 

Base paint 
100 milliliters, 250 milliliters, 400 milliliters, 450 milliliters, 500 milliliters, 900 milliliters, 925 milliliters, 950 milliliter, 975 milliliters, 1 liter, 1.5 liters, 2 liters, 2.5 liters, 3.5 liters, 3.6 liters, 3.7 liters, 3.8 liters, 3.9 liters, 4 liters, 5 liters, above 5 liters in multiples of 5. 
3.2. Details to be mentioned in the Label of a Sealed Package (Rule 5)
As per the Act, “Label” means written, printed, marked, embossed, filled or tagged marks, pictures shown in any variety or any descriptive element in the goods or Sealed Package or container of the goods.
“Packer” means individual or institution packing the goods in Sealed Package before it’s sale.
There are certain details necessary to be disclosed in the Label of a Sealed Package in a clear and comprehensive way:
In addition to that, following conditions apply in a Label of a sealed goods:
3.3. Language and clarity (Rules 8 and 9)
The Regulations requires following details to ensure clarity:
3.4. Ways to mention declaration or information
3.5. Different declaration or information to be mentioned (Rule 7)
The size of letters in a Label should be as per the descriptions below:
In case the Net Quantity of a goods is in weight or volume, maximum height of number/amount in the Label should be as follows:
S. No.

Net quantity weight or volume 
Maximum height in Millimeter 

Normal condition 
If written by expanding, casting, carving or leaving space 


Up to 200 gram or millimeter 
1 
2 

From 200 gram or millimeter – 500 gram or millimeter 
2 
4 

More than 500 gram or millimeter 
4 
6 
In case the Net Quantity of a good is in height, area or number/amount the size of letter should be as follows:
S. No 
Net Quantity in height, area or number/amount 
Maximum height in Millimeter 

Normal condition 
If written by expanding, casting, carving or leaving space 


Up to 100 centimeter 
1 
2 

From 100 square centimeter – 500 square centimeter 
2 
4 

From 500 square centimeter – 2500 square centimeter 
4 
6 

More than 500 gram or millimeter 
6 
6 
If a Label of a Sealed Package requires different or distinct declaration or information then mentioned in the Regulations, such information should be mentioned by leaving space above and below or left and right in the prescribed format.
4. Information to be disclosed. (Rules 22 and 23)
4.1. Notice to be given to Office
As per the Act, “Office” refers to the Office of Standard and Meteorology subordinate to Department.
“Department” means Nepal Bureau of Standards & Metrology.
Manufacturer, importer or Packer must give timely notice to the Office relating to the size, measurement or weight of the Sealed Package manufactured, packed and distributed by them. The Office must keep record as per the notice and inform the same to the Department.
4.2. To be mentioned in advertisement
While advertising the retail selling price of a Sealed Package, the Gross Quantity or the number/amount of goods in the package ought to be mentioned.
5. Quantity of a Sealed Package to be mentioned (Rule 10)
“Tare weight” means weight of plastic, glass, drum, tin, barrel, box, container, bag, sack or other similar material used for packaging, except for the goods.
5.1. Details to be transcribed with Net Quantity
The Net quantity of a goods inside a Sealed Package should be mentioned without the Tare weight. If the weight or measurement of a goods inside a sealed container has the nature of being constant or change negligibly due to environment along with time, the word “while packing” should not be used for such goods while mentioning Net Quantity of the goods.
However, the word “while packing” can be used in the Gross Quantity of following goods:
5.2. Information to be relayed in suitable unit
Quantity of the goods in a Sealed Packaged should mention the composition of measurement or weight, number/amount or measurement, weight or number/amount in a way providing full and correct information to the consumer. Such quantity should be mentioned in appropriate unit.
5.3. Measurement, weight, volume or number/amount to be declared. (Rules 13 and 14)
Measurement, weight, volume or number/amount must be declared for following:
In addition, quantity and volume should be mentioned in case of a closed container goods. Depending on the shape of container the depth, height, width, volume, diameter along with number/amount is to be mentioned as per necessity.
6. Limit of Weight variation (Rule 15)
“Limitation of less or more” means the accepted limit of quantity of less or more in the Gross Quantity of a goods in a Sealed Package as per the Regulations.
6.1.Cap on Variation
The Act simply restricted anyone to accept or cause to accept less or more weight than mentioned in Label. The Regulations provides for specific limit for variation of goods which was not included in the Act. More specifically, the Regulations allows certain percentage and ratio of limit in variation to the declared amount.
6.2.Caps on variation in Net Quantity wherein weight or volume is mentioned:
S. No 
Declared quantity (Gram or Milliliter) 
Limitation of less or more/variation 

Declared quantity (in percentage) 
Gram or Milliliters 


Up to 50 
9 
 

50 to 100 
 
4.5 

100200 
4.5 
 

200300 
 
9 

300500 
3 
 

5001000 
 
1.5 

100010,000 
1.5 
 

10,00015,000 
 
150 

Above 15,000 
1 
 
6.3. Cap in variation in Net quantity of sealed product is in height, area or number/amount:
S. No 
Declared amount 
Limit of less or more 

On basis of height 
2% of the declared quantity 

On basis of area 
3% of the declared quantity 

On basis of number/amount 
1% of the declared quantity 
7. Inspection
“Inspection” means test or examination of measurement and weights or measuring and weighing machines and this term also includes the Act of retest as mentioned in the Act.
“Inspector” means an official appointed or designated by Government of Nepal for the purpose of the Act.
“Batch” means quantity of goods in Sealed Package, stored and produced at a time.
7.1. Right and Duty of Inspector (rule 16)
7.2. Conditions for Inspection to be done in the place of sale
8. Action contrary to Regulations (Rules 16 and 18)
“Retailer” means an institute or individual who sells goods in a Sealed Package directly to the consumer.
8.1. Actions in contravention to Regulations
Following activity is deemed to have been in contravention of Regulations
9. Prohibition of sale and distribution or confiscation of goods. (Rule 19 20)
“Controller” as defined by the Act, means the Director – General of the Nepal Bureau Standards and Metrology.
9.1. Confiscation of goods or Ban on sale.
9.2. Re packing
If the goods in Sealed Package is sold in auction pursuant to prevailing law, the Controller can order the goods be repackaged as per the quality and nature of the goods. Such goods must not have negative impact on quality, consumers health, security and environment by maintaining the standard as per the Regulations.
10. Measuring device to be kept (Rule 21)
The Retailer, manufacturer and seller should keep weighing machine in a manner visible to consumer as per the requirement of the goods. The Retailer must let consumer examine the weight of a package sealed goods if they wish to.
11. Orders/Directive (Rule 25)
The Department can issue necessary directives relating to Sealed Package of goods to the concerned manufacturer, importer, Packer, distributor, wholesaler as well as Retailer. It will be the responsibility of the everyone concerned to follow the directive issued by the Department.
12. Non applicability of Regulations (Rule 24)
“Industry or Institutional Consumer” refers to the industry or institution that procures goods directly from manufacturer or importer for the internal consumption and usage of such industry or institution.
12.1. Provision of Regulations not applicable
The Regulations shall not be applicable to the following:
12.2. Grace Period (Rules 3 and 5)
The Regulations provides for grace period in following conditions
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