Country of origin claims
Goods that have claims that they come from a certain country, must meet a number of standards. A claim that a good is made, produced or grown in a country may include:
- 'made in' a country
- 'produce of', 'product of', 'produced in', or 'grown in' a country
- use of certain logos such as the ‘Australian Made’ triangle
- goods, ingredients, or components were 'grown in' a country
The claim may be:
- attached to the goods (e.g. on a label)
- in promotional material.
Words or pictures that are a part of a good may not be making a claim about the country it has come from. For example, a t-shirt with a ‘Made in Australia’ label, makes a claim about country of origin, where as a t-shirt with the word ‘Australia’ as part of its design, does not.
'Made in' statements
A 'made in' statement on a good means:
- work in that country changed what the goods look like or do
- the business spent at least half of the producing or manufacturing costs in that country.
The ‘Made in Australia’ stamp is an example of a ‘made in’ statement.
'Product of' statements
A ‘product of’ or ‘produced in’ statement means:
- the product was nearly all produced or manufactured in the country
- all of the significant parts or ingredients came from that country.
'Grown in' statements
A statement that goods are grown in a certain country claims that:
- at least half of the finished product was grown or processed in that country
- nearly all of the production or manufacturing happened in that country
- all of the main ingredients or components came from (and always come from) that country.
Using a logo
Businesses can only use logos like the 'Australian Made' triangle if:
- work to make the product was mostly done in that country
- accounts for a certain percentage of their costs (at least 51% for ‘Made in Australia’).
Use a certification trademark to represent the country of origin of a product.
An example of this type of trademark is the ‘Australian Made, Australian Grown’ logo . You must have permission to use these types of trademarks.