California relaxes ‘Made in America’ rule
New legislation signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown has revised the state’s ‘Made in America’ regulations, in order to assist producers of footwear and other products.
Californian law has previously required that no product could be advertised as having been manufactured in the USA if any portion of the item was made outside the country. With the introduction of the signed Senate Bill 633, California will conform with the other 49 US states, by accepting that goods can carry such a label if the non-US components correspond to no more than 10 per cent of the final product.
The new legislation takes effect on January 1st 2016 and, it is claimed, should significantly help the state’s growing shoemaking sector. Many of the materials and components that are used by footwear companies in California are imported, making it impossible for footwear manufacturers there to meet the state’s existing requirement for labelling.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the October 2015 issue of SATRA Bulletin.