Country of Origin and Marking

Our clients have utilized our expertise in origin determinations to avoid potential detentions, seizures, and penalties, and to protect market share against improperly labeled competitive products.

Complex rules for determining the origin of merchandise have evolved in response to the fact that many imported items undergo processing in more than one country. Determinations regarding the origin of merchandise can affect:

  • Eligibility for Preferential Duty Rates
  • The Applicability of Trade Sanctions
  • Admissibility
  • Application of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties
  • Quota Restrictions
  • Eligibility for Government Procurement Programs

US Customs and Border Protection, as well as most foreign customs authorities, require imported merchandise to be marked accurately and conspicuously to reflect its country of origin. Regulations relating to the labeling of imported merchandise have also been promulgated by other Federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission. Non-compliance with these labeling requirements can delay or prevent the clearance of merchandise and subject the importer to significant monetary penalties.