Certified, Inc. is the leading, independent, third party, certification service provider, verifying five distinct types of “Origin of USA” claims. In particular, “Made in USA” claims, which are associated with manufactured goods, such as turbine pumps, windows and doors; “Product of USA” claims, concerning consumable and/or ingestible goods, an example Orange Juice; “Grown in USA” claims, associated with items such as flowers, plants, nuts, produce, fish, poultry; “Service In USA” claims, exemplified by the services performed at a call center, located exclusively within the USA and/or Its Territories and "Assembled in USA" claims, which are used to identify a product made up of less than 51% domestic content, yet all labor strictly associated with the assembly of the product is performed exclusively within the USA.
In the interest of transparency and most importantly providing the consumer with the most accurate information in the most forthright and clear manner the exact amount of domestic content present is clearly displayed on our Seals. While an item may be made in the USA and comprised of 100% domestically sourced materials, it can not contain less than 51% of domestic content, to be eligible for certification and a Seal, other than the designated Assembled in the USA Seal.
Likewise that Seal too states the specific process performed in the USA, so the consumer clearly understands the claim to refer to is a specific process and not the general manufacturing of the product.
Our verification service concerning Origin of USA claims begins with our supply chain Audit. Our method of verification concerning the manufacturing and the origin of each component material of the item is performed by our securing of an Affidavit attesting to the origin of each component material and each of the services provided in connection with the creating of the item.
Each of the above-established requirements is verified throughout of Country of Origin Supply Chain Audit process. Our method of verification is performed through the securing of electronically notarized Affidavits, attesting to the origin of each component material and each of the services provided in connection with each items at issue.
• The finished good must be manufactured / processed exclusively within the United States, assembly and all associated labor must performed entirely and exclusively within the United States.
• All content materials, raw ingredients and/or component parts, which together comprise the finished article, must each be domestically sourced.
• If any of the component materials, raw ingredients and/or component parts are imported, an analysis must be performed in order to determine the percentage of domestic content of the item. The costs used to make this evaluation include direct cost of each component, direct labor costs, costs of all manufacturing materials per product unit and total manufacturing cost of product. This is done with ever article even where a raw material is nonindigenous to the United States. Any content material not sourced from the US, is a treated as an imported article.
• The evaluation of an item's domestic content is always done against the backdrop of "what is the item". Therefore, if you have an item, with both domestic and imported content materials, the fact that the percentage of imported content may be low based on the above cost analysis, if the product itself is in essence that imported material, the item will not qualify. An example would be a candle made in the USA from imported wax. While the manufacturing process of the imported wax and insertion of a domestically sourced wick costing more than the wax, is performed in the United States. The item would not qualify. The article is in essence a wax candle and the wax is imported.
• An entire subset of standards exists when looking at a finished good that utilizes imported raw materials, as well as that of domestically sourced ingredients or raw materials. When determining if an imported content material retains its foreign origin requiring a percentage of domestic content to be rendered, or if the article is substantially transformed undergoes a substantial transformation by way of we look first to see if under the concept of substantial transformation, that imported content material for purposes of identifying the percentage of domestic content. We often look to determine if that imported article is substantially transformed.
• Customs has applied a “substantial transformation” test, under which a product’s country of origin is the last country in which the merchandise was substantially transformed into new and different article commerce. Customs has explained that substantial transformation further requires that the component materials of the article acquire “a new name, character, or use
• The origins and applications of the term substantial transformation is rooted in well-established Federal interpretations, particularly by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Federal courts and must be determined on a case by case basis.
• If an item consisting of an imported content material may still be a product of the USA, if after it arrived in the US it was substantially transformed into the a new and different article of commerce with a name, character and use distinct from that of the original imported article, form which it was transformed.
• Test for determining whether a substantial transformation occurs Is whether an article emerges from a process with a new name, character, or use different from that possessed by the article prior to processing.
• Simply refining a product into a purer form or diluting it with water, does not meet the threshold. That is because the process or combining process still leaves identify of the article in tact. The final product is essentially the same thing as the original raw material.
Thereafter, if all qualifications are met, each item individually will become certified and a license to utilize one of our five distinct, designated and qualified trademarked USA CERTIFIED® Seal(s) issued along with a corresponding Certificate of Compliance.
The designated and qualified trademarked USA Certified® Seals are recognized and trusted amongst consumers, providing assurance that an Origin of USA claim, is true, as verified through our supply chain Audit.
In order to begin, we must have the following attached “Initial Documents” executed:
• Client Sworn Affidavit
• Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement
• Terms and Conditions
• Product List Agreement
Upon receipt of the above-executed documents, our Audit Department will contact you, to begin the Audit Process.