Is the Made in USA Label Compatible with WTO Law?


Is the Made in USA Label Compatible with WTO Law?The Made in USA label is a country of origin type of label that indicates that a product is ’all or virtually all’ made in the United States (US).As a rule, goods imported into the US must carry a country of origin label unless exempted. On the other hand, products manufactured in the US can be sold without any country of origin label unless it is explicitly required to put such a label. Products explicitly required to label their domestic content include automobiles and textile, wool, and fur products.

The Made in USA label is a voluntary label regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). All claims made about the amount of US made content in products (excluding those where domestic content labelling is mandatory, which are regulated by specific rules) must comply with the FTC’s Made in USA standard, which requires that ‘all or virtually all’ of a product is manufactured in the US.1 The FTC does not spot-check items that claim to be made in the US, but it does investigate complaints…

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