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The following criteria must be met for a local vendor / company to be considered for membership approval to use the official Vanuatu Made symbol/s. The assessment of each application is performed by the Vanuatu Government’s Department of Industry. “Vanuatu Made” covers four categories, each with an associated official symbol. These include “VANUATU MADE”, “VANUATU MADE: Grown”, “VANUATU MADE: Product” and “VANUATU MADE: Designed”. See below for each category’s criteria.

MADE
IN VANUATU

For the logo to be used in conjunction with the symbol and representation “VANUATU MADE”:

  1. For locally made handicraft items including Weaving, Painting, Sewing, Carving, Jewellery, Print Making and Pottery. The physical crafting of the item must be performed in Vanuatu. This is required to confirm the authenticity of such handicraft items to differentiate them from handicraft items imported from other countries.
  2. Various handicrafts may require some imported elements (for example such as buttons, strings etc). These necessary ‘imported materials’ would fall under a different tariff heading than the tariff heading of the final good using the “VANUATU MADE” symbol. This is an example where substantial transformation has taken place for the item to be confirmed as “VANUATU MADE”.
  3. For approved members intending on exporting “VANUATU MADE” items, a ‘value added’ criteria will also need to be met. See Department of Industry for the Criteria List.
  4. NOT APPROVED ITEMS: Completed handicrafts items imported from other countries are not permitted to use the “VANUATU MADE” emblem.

GROWN
IN VANUATU

For the logo to be used in conjunction with the symbol and representation “VANUATU MADE Grown”:

  1. Locally grown products that are obtained in an unprocessed state such as fruits and vegetables, and products obtained by hunting and fishing. This would include the farming of livestock for consumption.
  2. For use by local sellers of such products from local farmers and fishermen to raise the profile of local produce to both local consumers and international visitors, as well as export markets where applicable.

PRODUCED
IN VANUATU

For the logo to be used in conjunction with the symbol and representation “VANUATU MADE Product”:

  1. Includes Coconut Oil, Chocolate, Perfume and other locally produced items.
  2. Origin of entire product is from Vanuatu or good has been substantially transformed in Vanuatu.
  3. When a product requires necessary ‘imported components’ these ‘imported components’ fall under a different tariff heading than the tariff heading of the final good using the “VANUATU MADE Product” emblem. This is an example where substantial transformation has taken place for the item to be confirmed as “VANUATU MADE Product”.
  4. All, or majority of ingredients/processes/components of product, are from Vanuatu. A minimum of 70% overall local ingredients/processes/components must be used to make final product for the item to qualify to use “VANUATU MADE Product” symbol.
  5. PACKAGING: For some products, the packaging may need to be imported, however, in cases where the main product and its significant components have been manufactured and/or sourced locally, the product would still qualify – irrespective of the packaging element.
  6. EXCLUDED: Handicraft products/ items do not use this particular symbol. Handicraft products that meet the qualifying criteria use the “VANUATU MADE” symbol not the “VANUATU MADE Product” symbol.

DESIGNED
IN VANUATU

For the logo to be used in conjunction with the symbol and representation “VANUATU MADE Designed”:

  1. This definition covers products that carry out minimal processes, which do not substantially alter the original imported product.
  2. This may include products that have been assembled, enhanced and/or designed in Vanuatu.
  3. This includes products where the majority of its components have been imported while a final element in its production (such as labour) has occurred in Vanuatu.
  4. This is used to avoid making misleading representations about the origin of the product.
  5. This would include textile and clothing items where the garment has been imported yet a considerable design element has been added to the finished product. Example: an original screen print designed and applied by a local artist to a t-shirt.

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