A business can´t make false or misleading representations about the country of origin of goods.
- ´made in´ a specific country
- ´product of´ or ´produced in´ a specific country
- use of a logo that identifies a place of origin
- claiming that ingredients or components were ´grown in´ a specific country.
´Made in´ claims
For a business to claim goods are ´made in´ a particular country:
- the goods must be substantially transformed (a fundamental change in the goods´ appearance, operation or purpose) in that country
- 50 per cent or more of the cost of producing or manufacturing the goods must be incurred in that country.
´Product of´ claims
For a business to claim goods are ´produced in´, ´produce of´ or a ´product of´ a particular country:
- virtually all of the production or manufacturing processes must happen in that country
- all of the significant ingredients or components must come from that country.
Use of a logo
If a business labels a product with a prescribed logo (e.g. the ´Made in Australia´ brand), the goods must:
- have been substantially transformed
- meet the prescribed percentage of production or manufacturing costs that apply for that logo.
´Grown in´ claims
A business can lawfully claim goods are ´grown in´ a particular country when:
- at least 50 per cent of the total weight comprises ingredients or components grown and processed in that country
- virtually all production or manufacturing processes happened in that country
- each significant ingredient or significant component was grown and processed only in that country.
Last reviewed 28/11/2011