FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Chong H. Lee--P894219
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Dear Mr. Secretary,
The US Federal Trade Commission recently proposed new guidelines to govern unqualified "Made in USA" origin claims. The proposed standard would replace the present standard of "all or virtually all" US content with a modestly improved substantially all" standard. The substantially all standard is defined as 75% US content (labor and materials). Jameslee Corporation believes that the 75% content standard will be relatively difficult for a great many US manufactured products to meet. However, FTC's proposed standard is an important breakthrough because it acknowledges present day marketplace realities. Today, US producers operate in a global economy and contend with a dwindling supplier base. Also, US producers must compete against foreign suppliers whose wage rates and other production costs fall well below US standards. Most important, US manufacturers must have the ability to advertise "Made in the USA" to compete against foreign goods and keep US factories open.
Jameslee Corporation urg!es the Commission to continue its efforts to. reach a standard for unqualified "Made in the USA" origin claims that strikes a balance between consumer expectation and the realities of today's marketplace.
Chong H. Lee
Chong H. Lee