Made in France, what does it really mean? What the law says ?

Made in France or manufactured in France is a mark of origin that companies can indicate on their merchandise. The origin is in a sense the nationality of the goods. The original marking affixed to a product is optional and voluntary. Indeed, no European measure imposes the affixing of an origin marking on products imported or marketed in the European Union. Only certain agricultural or food products make an exception.

According to the General Management of Customs and Indirect Rights, Made in France is today seen as a way to preserve the French know-how, the quality of products, compliance with standards and employment on the national territory. Made in France represents a commercial advantage both for the development of companies on the French territory and for their international development.

It is possible to affix a mention evoking a French manufacturing, however it must be able to justify it. Indeed, the mention “Made in France” on a product must comply with the rules of non-preferential origin defined in the European regulations.

To claim a Made in France origin, the product must:

  • Displayed a customs codification different from that of its raw materials and non-French components.
  • Respect a maximum value threshold of its raw materials and non-French components in relation to its price.
  • Have an added value achieved in France greater than or equal to 45%.

Otherwise, according to the code of customs and consumption indicate misleading origin is considered as an offense.

For example, a violin made in France from imported wood may claim a French origin if the parts and accessories of the violin are made in France or if the value added made in France is at least 45%.

Sewing in France of buttons on a cloth shirt imported from Bangladesh does not allow to acquire a France origin. In order for the shirt to be considered to be of French origin, it would have been necessary for all the operations following the cut of the fabric to be carried out in France.

Made in France and the French what do they think?

93% of French people believe that buying a product made in France is a better guarantee of the quality of the product and provides assurance that the product has been manufactured according to  respectful social standards of employees.

Buying a product made in France is a citizen act to support the national industry for 95% of French people.

72% favor a Made in France product even if they do not know the brand, rather than a known brand that does not manufacture in France. The theme of Made in France is considered important for the future according to 90% of French people.

77% of French people declare themselves ready to pay more to buy French.

87% of French people believe that buying a product made in France promotes respect for the environment, especially by optimizing the use of transport.

The commitment of BOLID’STER since 2017!

Did you know about this ? Our jeans and our jackets, like buttons and labels are made in France. In 2017, we made the choice to transfer all the manufacturing of our products in France. Supporting the local economy, creating jobs or perpetuating know-how, for us those are many advantages that French manufacturing offers. Beyond the social and economic aspect, Made in France also allows us to significantly reduce transport and therefore the environmental footprint of our product

More information on the manufacturing process of our products in the next article.