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US to raise bar for 'made in America' products

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-07-16 09:47

US President Donald Trump is seen through the wheel of a Litespeed Bicycles tire while examining products at the third annual "Made in America Product Showcase" on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, July 15, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump ordered Monday that only products with more than 55 percent made in the United States may be considered "made in America," eyeing to raise the bar to 75 percent in the future.

Speaking at the Made in America product showcase at the White House, Trump told a group of US manufacturers that in the future "domestic goods will have to have 75 percent of American, and 95 percent for things such as iron and steel", in order to be considered "made in America".

"If we can build it, grow it or make it in the United States, we will," Trump said, adding that US steel and aluminum factories and mines "are not closed anymore or they won't be closed very long".

Currently, the threshold for being considered "made in America" is at 50 percent.

The standard for made in America carries legal consequences as the US Buy American Act of 1933 dictates that the US government prefer US-made products in its acquisitions.

At the showcase were large hardware products such as motorcycles, bicycles, yachts, a motor home, and the THAAD missile system. There were also smaller gadgets such as lighters, pens and bottle openers. One company was chosen from every state as a representative.

This year marks the third time the White House has hosted the Made in America product showcase.

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