Know The Difference Between Made in USA and Assembled in USA?

Know The Difference Between Made in USA and Assembled in USA?

Made in USA. Three little words, with a not so little impact! These days, some companies will do anything to hide where their products are actually manufactured.  And they are getting clever. Companies will label their products as “Distributed By ABC Corp” and list a US address.  Others will label their products as “Produced By ABC Corp” and list a US address, seeking to obscure the origin of its products.  Some will only show the company name and address on the packages!

american made products, Know The Difference Between Made in USA and Assembled in USA?

Made in USA

Product is assembled in the U.S. Most parts or materials are Made in USA. For a product to be called Made in USA, it must be “all or virtually all” made in the United States,This includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories”All or virtually all” means that all significant parts and processing must be of U.S. origin. The product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content.

Made in USA with Foreign & Domestic Components

Some materials or parts are Made in USA

Assembled in USA 

Imported parts put together in the USA

Packaging displays U.S.A. Flag, U.S.A. Map, the words “U.S.A.” or “American” are part of the brand name

This is an implied statement of American origin. Look for fine print to see where the product was actually made. Without such a statement it is questionable at best.

Distributed for, Manufactured for, or a Product of (COMPANY NAME)

Since this has no statement of American origin, actual or implied, it cannot be considered to be USA made.

It’s too easy to add Made in USA stickers to a Foreign made product to make them appear to be USA made. Not to mention that falsely labeling a product as USA made is against the law.

What is a qualified Made in USA claim?

A qualified claim describes the extent, amount or type of a product’s domestic content or processing; it indicates that the product isn’t entirely of domestic origin.

  • “60% U.S. content”
  • “Made in USA of U.S. and imported parts”
  • “Couch assembled in USA from Italian Leather and Mexican Frame”

Made in USA Certified, Made in USA Label, American Made Matters, Made in America Certified, Made in America, American Made CertifiedOf course, the best way to know is if the product is Made in USA Certified. CERTIFIED Inc. is the United States’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and independent 3rd party Certification Source for “Made in USA, Product of USA – Country of Origin Claims”. The CERTIFIED Technology team are experienced professionals with extensive, pioneering backgrounds in systems integration, software development, encryption, load balancing, electronic signatures, and data collections and national analysis… all on a worldwide scale who have developed a proprietary system of certification authentication, big data recovery and analysis.


Your customers will ask for USA-Made products because they know American manufacturing is a big deal – it supports over 17 million jobs across the country and contributes over 12% to U.S. GDP. Buying products with the Made in USA label keeps those jobs going, and keeps our economy thriving. And, when you buy a product made in the USA, you can be sure you’re getting American quality and not a cheap, foreign knock-off. So be ready to show customers your Made in USA products. Learn more about Made in USA Certification. OR Request a FREE Quote!

Have you come across some creative, yet deceitful labeling?  Let us know in the comments below.  If you have pictures, email them to us!

Source – US Federal Trade Commission


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