Made in a series of places


John McCain got in trouble in some circles for saying that the iPhone is “built in the USA.” Leo Gerard corrected him by saying “the iPad and the iPhone are made in China, they’re not made in America.”

In a world of vertical specialization, what does “made in” mean? The product itself is pretty clear on the issue: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.”

Designed by Apple in California  Assembled in China

[Photo by Chen Zhao]

Apple fails to mention that they’re assembling components manufactured in Taiwan, but you can forgive them for that. Maybe labels should just default to “Made in a series of places.”

Previous editions:

Are iPhones “made in China”? Measuring value added in trade flows
Globalization & iPods

3 Responses to “Made in a series of places”

  1. “Made in the world” « Trade Diversion Says:

    […] line with my suggestion that labels simply say “made in a series of places”, the WTO has announced a “Made in the world” initiative. It aims “to support the exchange […]

  2. Clint Duskin Says:

    Where is the item that says “Made in HAS” made? I can not find the country of origin.

  3. Made in a series of places « Trade Diversion Says:

    […] Made in a series of places […]

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