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Paul Laurenza Authors Article on Claiming U.S.-Origin for Products

Can Manufacturer Say “Made in USA” if Product Includes Some Imported Content?

April 5, 2013

Paul M. Laurenza—Office Managing Member of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office whose practice includes representation of manufacturers, importers, retailers and industry associations on matters involving product safety, antitrust, trade and litigation—recently contributed an article, “Making a U.S.-Origin Claim: Understanding Critical Distinctions,” to the World Services Group member library.

In the article, Laurenza points out that when legal practitioners are asked a seemingly simple question—“Can I say ‘Made in USA’ for my product if it has some imported content?”—advisors need to have a full understanding of why the question is being asked and what the client intends to accomplish, before providing thoughtful analysis and proper legal counsel.

Laurenza provides insight into, and details the differences between, qualified U.S.-origin claims and unqualified U.S.-origin claims. He also provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. Customs requirements in determining country-of-origin, acknowledging that these judgments are not formulaic but rather fact-based for each specific imported product.

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