Country of Origin/Marking Determinations

The origin of imported merchandise affects its admissibility, rate of duty, eligibility for special programs, quota restrictions, antidumping or countervailing duties, procurement by government agencies, and marking requirements.  CBP requires that each imported article produced abroad be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly and permanently as the nature of the article permits.  The English name of the country of origin should clearly indicate where the article was manufactured or produced to the ultimate purchaser in the United States.  If the article (or the container) is not properly marked upon arrival at the CBP port of entry, a marking duty equal to 10 percent of the customs value of the article will be assessed unless the article is exported, destroyed or properly marked under CBP’s supervision prior to the liquidation of the entry.

CBP country of origin marking requirements are separate and distinct from any special marking or labeling requirements that may be required by other government agencies.  This primer does not seek to address the various marking requirements of other government agencies, but importers should be aware that they may be subject to more than one set of marking requirements upon entry.