On September 26, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) hosted a public workshop to enhance its understanding of consumer perception of “Made in the USA” and other U.S.-origin claims, and to consider whether it can improve its “Made in USA” enforcement program.
Though the Commission has not issued regulations specifically covering “Made in USA” and other U.S.-origin claims, its 1997 Enforcement Policy Statement On U.S. Origin Claims (“Policy Statement”) provides guidance on how the Commission applies Section 5 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), to the use of such claims in advertising and labeling. Based on consumer research and thousands of public comments, the Policy Statement states that when a marketer makes an unqualified “Made in USA” claim, the marketer should, at the time of the representation, have a reasonable basis for asserting that “all or virtually all” of the product is, in fact, made in the United States. The Policy Statement also provides guidance to marketers on how to make appropriately qualified claims.
MADE IN AMERICA 2019 will come alive at the Indiana Convention Center on October 3rd-6th, 2019. We’ll be hosting over 30,000 people intent on aligning with the goal of raising the economic importance of American Manufacturing. Anyone can attend by registering here or inquire to showcase as a U.S. Manufacturer or American Made brand.
There will also be a slate of cutting-edge educational sessions, high-level keynote addresses, and panel discussions featuring manufacturing specialists and professionals from key segments of the manufacturing community. Made In America 2019 will have an audience of consumers, media, industry professionals, government, advocates, all bringing together 800 manufacturers & brands.
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CHINESE Tariffs, USMCA | NAFTA, Buy American Act, and the Executive Order (EO):13788 all Make the Made in USA Claim that much more Valuable all claims must to be validated and checked and VERITY has the solution. FRAUD, COUNTERFEIT, PROVENANCE and FOOD SAFETY
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The Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada is a signed but not ratified free trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It is referred to differently by each signatory—in the United States, it is called the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA); in Canada, it is officially known as the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement(CUSMA) in English (though generally referred to as “USMCA” in English-language Canadian media)[original research?] and the Accord Canada–États-Unis–Mexique (ACEUM) in French; and in Mexico, it is called the Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC). The agreement is sometimes referred to as “New NAFTA” in reference to the previous trilateral agreement it is meant to supersede, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
VERITY has an exclusive agreement with Chinese Wholly Owned Company EPEM: https://www.1p1m.cn to provide all Country of Origin Labeling “COOL” verification and validation services regarding imports into China with “Made in USA and Product of USA Certified®” claims, to help balance out and provide transparency for the U.S. | China Tradedeficit and all COOL claims Tags, Made in USA Certified®, Product of USA Certified®, Made in China Certified™, President Donald Trump, President Xi JinPing, U.S. China Trade Deficit, Amazon.
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VERITY International, Ltd. has recently engaged in an agreement with EPEM (1) for an exclusive provision and Agreement (2) to validate and provide custom Made in USA Certified® and Product of USA Certified® Country of Origin Labeling “COOL“ Claims for US-made products and services through industry-leading verification and validation services regarding imports into China.
Providing balance and transparency for the U.S. | China Trade deficit bothPresidents U.S. Donald Trump and China Xi Jinping are working to narrow.
The Advanced Technology from this the Joint Venture will be to provide COOL verification for both import and export from the Chinese market for complete transparency using Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
(1) EPEM is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese Government Commercial Network Construction and Development Center.
(2) Agreement is exclusive for verification and validation services for the official “Made in China Certified™” claim to increase the perceived quality and brand of Chinese products in the international market.
Included in agreement VERITY has an exclusive provision to provide all Country of Origin COOL verification and validation services regarding imports into China with “Made in USA and Product of USA Certified” claims, to help balance out and provide transparency for the U.S. | China Tradedeficit and all COOL claims
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The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has continued to aggressively prosecute advertisers for making “Made in USA” claims that the FTC believes are deceptive. Since President Trump’s inauguration, the FTC has entered into at least three settlement agreements with advertisers involving “Made in USA” claims and has issued closing letters in at least 20 other cases. In order to make an unqualified “Made in USA” claim about a product, the FTC requires that the advertiser substantiate that the product was “all or virtually all” made in the United States.
In the FTC’s case against iSpring Water Systems, LLC, a Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems, the FTC alleged that iSpring made unqualified claims that its products were made in the United States, despite the fact that its products were wholly imported or had a significant amount of foreign inputs.
The second FTC case involved Block Division, Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems. Here, the FTC alleged that Block Division’s pulleys featured imported steel plates that were stamped “Made in USA” prior to the plates’ entry into the United States.
In its third and most recent case, the FTC alleged that Bollman Hat Company and its wholly owned subsidiary SaveAnAmericanJob, LLC (“Bollman”) misled consumers about whether their products were manufactured in the United States. Specifically, the FTC alleged that Bollman marketed hats with statements such as “Made in USA since 1868,” and “#buyamerican.” Despite these claims, the FTC alleged that more than 70% of the hat styles sold by Respondents were wholly imported as finished products. The FTC also alleged that Bollman licensed its “American Made Matters” seal to other companies for use in connection with the marketing of their own products without doing sufficient due diligence to ensure that the products were, in fact, made in the United States. The FTC alleged that Bollman only required that third parties who wished to use the American Made Matters seal self-certify that at least 50% of the cost of at least one of its products was incurred in the United States, with final assembly or transformation in the United States.
These cases – and the twenty other investigations that resulted in closing letters – are an important reminder that advertisers should exercise caution to ensure that their “Made in USA” claims comply with FTC standards.
Nearly eight months after President Donald J. Trump signed his executive order “Buy American and Hire American,” an expert on certifying whether goods are made in the United States shared with Big League Politics the challenges in certification and enforcing Trump’s intentions.
Adam Reiser, the CEO and founder of Certified, Inc., told Big League Politics he is seeing no action in the executive branch to move the president’s executive order forward.
A source familiar with how the White House drafted the executive order told Big League Politics: “There are zero teeth in it, you know? Let’s of fanfare, lots of publicity, back-slapping and hand-shaking with Trump–and now, it is getting resisted, like as if it meant nothing.”
According to the president’s directive, all agencies were supposed to have turned into both the Department of Commerce and the Office of Management and Budget how they plan to comply. These plans are to include, searchable databases of certified vendors, storage arrangements for the documents and simplifications of their internal procurement procedures.
Reiser said Trump’s executive order was the president’s attempt to bring federal procurement back in synch with the law.
A senior administration official speaking on background on Easter Monday, the day before the executive order was signed in the headquarters of the tool company Snap-On in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said the executive order would correct the abuse of the Buy American Act waiver process.