Some of the new iMacs being sold by Apple in America were assembled in America.
First noticed by Fortune in this report, the new iMacs sport an “Assembled in USA” mark where the old “Assembled in China” used to come after the “Designed by Apple in California” marking.
According to the US Federal Trade Commission, an “Assembled in USA” claim needs the product to have its “last substantial transformation occur in the U.S.”
This means that a “’screwdriver’ assembly in the U.S. of foreign components into a final product at the end of the manufacturing process doesn’t usually qualify for the ‘Assembled in USA’ claim.”
“Example: All the major components of a computer, including the motherboard and hard drive, are imported. The computer’s components then are put together in a simple ‘screwdriver’ operation in the U.S., are not substantially transformed under the Customs Standard, and must be marked with a foreign country of origin. An ‘Assembled in USA’ claim without further qualification is deceptive,” the FTC says.
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