House Bill 217
118th Congress(2023-2024)
Country of Origin Labeling Requirement Act
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in House on Jan 9, 2023
Overview
Text
H. R. 217 (Introduced-in-House)


118th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 217


To require retailers who offer products for purchase through an internet website or a mobile application to disclose on such website or application the country of origin for each product offered for sale.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 9, 2023

Mr. Van Drew (for himself and Mr. Sherman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To require retailers who offer products for purchase through an internet website or a mobile application to disclose on such website or application the country of origin for each product offered for sale.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Country of Origin Labeling Requirement Act”.

SEC. 2. Country of origin disclosure requirements for products sold on retail websites and mobile applications.

(a) Disclosure requirement.—Any person that operates an internet website or a mobile application and that sells or offers for sale, at retail, any product through such website or application, shall disclose on such website or application, in a clear and conspicuous manner, the country in which such product was manufactured or finally assembled.

(b) Exclusion.—The requirements in subsection (a) shall not be construed to apply to any individual who uses an internet website or a mobile application operated by another person to sell or offer for sale any product.

SEC. 3. Enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission.

(a) Unfair or deceptive acts or practices.—A violation of section 2(a) shall be treated as a violation of a regulation under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a(a)(1)(B)) regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices.

(b) Powers of the commission.—The Federal Trade Commission shall enforce section 2(a) in the same manner, by the same means, and with the same jurisdiction, powers, and duties as though all applicable terms and provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.) were incorporated into and made a part of this Act. Any person who violates such section shall be subject to the penalties and entitled to the privileges and immunities provided in the Federal Trade Commission Act.

(c) Effect on other laws.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed in any way to limit or affect the authority of the Federal Trade Commission under any other provision of law.