Strap Rules Adjusted
Country of origin rules change
The U.S. Customs Service no longer requires country-of-origin markings
on watch bands attached to watches produced and assembled in the U.S. Virgin
Islands, reports the American Watch Association.
The same rule applies to watches produced in other countries. For example,
a Chinese watch band attached to a watch with a Japanese movement in Japan
doesn't need to be marked if the watch is properly marked "Japan."
However, says AWA, the ruling does not apply to watch bands from country
A attached in country B to a watch produced in country C. The ruling is
in accord with NAFTA rules and is a step toward harmonizing U.S. rules with
international rules of origin.
by Michael Thompson
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