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Country of Origin Markings                   

The country of origin is where a product is manufactured or made and not where the product is bought. For example, when The Body Shop issues a purchase order to a company in Taiwan who subcontracts to a manufacturer in China, then the Country of Origin is China and not Taiwan.

The Customs Departments in the countries in which The Body Shop will receive suppliers’ products require that each imported article be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly, and permanently as possible with the English name of the Country of Origin. For example, in the U.S., the U.S. Customs requires under: Dept of Commerce 19 CFR, Part 134, Country of Origin.

Abbreviations, which unmistakably indicate the name of the country of origin, are often acceptable, for example, “United States”, “American”, or the letters “U.S.A”. In close proximity to the country name and in at least comparable size, the name of the country of origin should be preceded by “Made in,” “Product of,” or other words of similar meaning.

The Country of Origin for metal articles should be moulded in, etched, or die sunk; on earthenware or chinaware be glazed on in the process of firing; on paper articles be imprinted; on furniture be stamped in contrasting colour ink.  Items sold in boxes must be marked on the items and on the box.  If paper sticker or pressure sensitive labels are used, they must be affixed in a conspicuous place and secured so that, unless deliberately removed, they will remain on the item until it reaches the ultimate purchaser.

Important: It is the supplier’s responsibility to ensure that all governmental and other regulatory requirements are met.