Made in the USA

Our Global Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting Goods team and the Office of Textiles and Apparel can direct you to manufacturers in the U.S. and provide you with contacts that can assist you with business development and strategies. A good place to start locating a manufacturer or cut and sew contractor for your products is to visit OTEXA’s Made-in-USA database. The database is a registry of contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers of textiles, apparel and footwear products. Once you locate a partner to help you manufacture your products, OTEXA can give you more guidance on business strategies including export counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Some of my products are made in the United States and some are made in other countries. Can I be listed in OTEXA’s Made-in-USA database?

To qualify for registration in the database, your company must be incorporated in the United States with at least one manufacturing plant, assembly plant, or distribution center in the United States that manufactures, assembles or supplies U.S.-made products for the duration of your listing. Manufacturing or assembling in the United States under a contract and/or manufacturing or assembling a mix of U.S. and some foreign components also qualifies you for registration. To register as a supplier, you must be supplying products such as the type listed above.

2. What are the requirements for a product to be labeled as "Made in the USA"?

Under current Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines, a product may be advertised as “Made in the USA” if “all or virtually all” of the labor and materials in the product are domestic. While this standard is relatively strict, it allows a bit of flexibility in at least two situations.

First, if the product is fully manufactured in the U.S. – primarily from U.S. materials, but with a very small amount of foreign content – the Federal Trade Commission standard allows the product to be described as “Made in the USA.”

Second, the advertiser has the option to soften or “qualify” its Made-in-the-USA claim by disclosing, for example, that the product is made in the U.S. with foreign and domestic materials.


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