With pieces of legislation like the All-American Flag Act gaining traction, more and more people are mandating that their American flags be made in the USA. We wholeheartedly agree and have compiled the best places to find flags that are 100% domestic. Below are our top recommendations, along with some tips at the end to help spot American-made flag manufacturers versus the ones who import their products from other countries.
Overall, there are tons of places where you can get flags made in the USA, but only a few that are easily accessible online or widely distributed to storefronts across the country. We found Valley Forge Flag, Eder Flag, CF Flag, Annin Flagmakers, and Rushmore Rose USA to be the best among those manufacturers. Below are additional details on these flag suppliers along with where you can find their flags and other products. We also listed a couple of other retailers, Veterans Flag Depot and Flags USA, that we are particularly impressed by.
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Here are the details on all of our top picks for the places to find American flags made in the USA.
Valley Forge Flag
The Valley Forge Flag Company is a family-run business that has been around since 1882. Headquartered in Wyomissing, PA, they began making flags in bulk starting around World War II when demand was incredibly high from the military and other government contracts. Now they employ over 300 people and are sourcing all of their materials and labor domestically to make some of the best U.S. flags on the market. They are one of the founding members of the Flag Manufacturers’ Association of America (FMAA) and as such, all of their flags are FMAA certified 100% made in the USA from the initial raw materials all the way down to the final stitch. They make a variety of U.S. flags (both on the national and state level) in styles from small stick flags for your front yard all the way up to large flag and flagpole combinations. We’ve linked to their basic 3’x5′ American flag and all of their options below.
3’x5′ Nylon Flag
Here is the full lineup of flag options from Valley Forge.
If you want to buy from a local store, use their store lookup tool to see if a store in your area carries Valley Forge flags.
Not too long after Valley Forge Flag Company was born, the Eder family came along in 1887 to form the Eder Manufacturing Co., which started manufacturing flags at scale starting in 1903. Eder is based in Oak Creek, Wisconsin currently (moved there from Milwaukee in 1979) and maintains their same level of commitment to craftsmanship and quality U.S. materials as they did over 100 years ago. Today, they are an employee-owned company and making hundreds of different U.S. flag styles, both national and local. Eder not only produces flags, but is a huge flagpole manufacturer as well. As such, we really like their outdoor styles, which we found to be incredibly durable and not easy to fade. They make everything from smaller varieties that you can hang on your front porch, to larger 25+ foot flags and flagpoles that might typically fly outside a local business or venue.
20″x30″ Nylon Outdoor Flag
Ameritex helps Eder Flag distribute their larger flagpole options – here are some of the options they offer.
Large Flagpole Options
Eder also has a store lookup tool if you prefer to get your flag at a physical location. Use it on their website here.
For more great products from the Badger State, head over to our guide on the best products made in Wisconsin.
CF Flag (short for Chicago Flag and Decorating Company) has been proudly making flags in the U.S. since 1898, and, along with Eder and Valley Forge, is one of the largest U.S. flag manufacturers in America. They are based in Huntsville, Alabama, where they operate an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility making all of their different flag styles. CF Flag is also one of the founding members of the FMAA (along with Valley Forge and others), which means they abide by all the certification rules to ensure their flags are 100% made in the USA. Not only are they a big manufacturer of the American flag, but they also produce all state flags and international ones as well. Their flags come in a few different types of material – nylon, polyester, cotton, and their government variety, which adheres to strict federal regulations on the materials used. We are particularly impressed by their Poly II TearGuard material (large flag linked below), which is incredibly durable and can last a very long time.
Large 10’x19′ Flag
Here are more options available online from CF Flag.
Annin is one of the premier and largest flagmakers in the entire country. They have been making American flags here since 1847 and are a 6th generation family owned and operated company with factories in Virginia and Ohio employing over 500 American workers. Annin is synonymous with big moments in American history, their flags were used in the moon landing and the famous hoisting of the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. Being one of the largest flagmakers in the U.S., Annin is also one of the founding members of the FMAA. Not only do they make high quality U.S. flags, they also have state flags, military flags, and many others to choose from.
Rushmore Rose USA
Rushmore Rose USA is a small family run company that makes a great 3 x 5 or 5 x 8 U.S. flag perfect for a lot of homes. They are FMAA certified and also one of the most affordable options on our list. Overall, you really can’t go wrong with one of their standard options for your home if you’re on a budget.
Allegiance Flag Supply
Allegiance Flag Supply is a relatively new company with a strong mission – to fly a high quality flag made in the USA. And man, are they delivering. All of their flags are hand-sewn starting with a Tex 70 nylon thread and double needle lock stitching. Their flags are simply made to last. Look at their “Gold Standard” American flag in particular – a staple for any front porch.
Veterans Flag Depot
Veterans Flag Depot is a big online-only seller and manufacturer of American flags that was started in 2004. They supply flags to several local cities, military bases, and law enforcement departments, among other places. Their selection is absolutely massive, which is one of the reasons we really like them – everything from U.S. flags, to state, military, religious flags, lapel pins, and more. Their shipping policy is also very convenient. If you place your order by early afternoon, typically they will have it out the door on the same day.
Flags USA is another online-only flag company that is family owned and operated and has been in business since 1987. All of their flags are 100% made in the USA and they have a really robust product selection. American, military, state, ISO, and first responder flags are just a few of the varieties that they offer. Flags USA will even print a custom flag for you! We were really impressed by their customer service as well – their staff is very responsive to questions and always polite.
MetalHeads flags are handmade in Erie, Pennsylvania. As their name suggests, they have some incredibly cool metal flag designs of the American flag, Semper Fi, and several other designs. Many of their American flag designs come with custom messages like “God Bless America” and “Don’t Tread on Me.”
Recap: Best Suppliers of Official American Flags Made in the USA
How to Find American Flags Made in the USA
How to Tell If a Flag is Made in the USA
The easiest way to tell if your flag is 100% made in the USA is by looking for an FMAA certification logo on the flag. Formed in 2003 by several manufacturers in our list, the FMAA is the Flag Manufacturers’ Association of America and their certification process ensures that 100% of the materials and labor that go into each flag comes from the USA. Look for this badge on your flag:
Other “Made in the USA” language
This tip seems obvious, but there are several different ways a manufacturer can message “made in the USA” without it being 100% true. For example, “made in the USA with global parts” or “assembled in the USA” means that only part of the process was accomplished in the states, using a domestic workforce to make the products, but not actually getting the materials from here. Look for clear and definitive language in their statement on the flag.
Look For a Country of Origin
U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires all products to display their country of origin. Look for it carefully on your flag! If you can’t find it, look up the manufacturer online and do some research to see where their manufacturing facilities are. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the large majority of imported U.S. flags come from China.
Read our full guide for more tips on how to find American made products.
Products regulated by the FDA are subject to review by the FDA when they are offered for entry into the U.S. The FDA electronically reviews all FDA-regulated entries submitted through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). FDA-regulated products imported into the U.S. must comply with all of the FDA's laws and regulations. The importer is responsible for making sure these products comply with all U.S. requirements. Products which do not comply with U.S. requirements at the time of importation are subject to refusal of admission. Below you will find additional information about the submission process for FDA-regulated products.
How do I submit entries of FDA-regulated products?
The first step in any importation process begins with CBP. You must comply with CBP rules, requirements, and processes. Information about the importation process with CBP can be found at CBP’s website.
To import products into the U.S., you can contract the services of a customs broker (entry filer). Customs brokers are the only persons authorized by the tariff laws of the U.S. to act as agents for importers in the transaction of their customs business. Customs brokers are private individuals or firms licensed by CBP to prepare and file the necessary customs entries, arrange for the payment of duties, take steps to effect the release of the goods in CBP custody, and otherwise represent their principals in customs matters.
CBP’s website has a clickable U.S. map that will provide a list of specific ports, and under each port, you will find a list of customs brokers. Customs brokers are trained and licensed to facilitate the importation of goods into the U.S. under applicable U.S. laws for importers.
When entry is made with CBP, importers or their customs brokers (entry filer) will include the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code among the other declarations in the entry. The HTS codes are flagged with indicators to help guide whether the FDA data is or is not required. The following table displays a list of the FD flags and some examples:
May or may not be regulated by the FDA: If regulated by the FDA, submit entry information; if not regulated by the FDA, disclaim
Certain chemicals used in manufacturing drug products vs. industrial use; safety goggles for medical use vs. non-medical use
Regulated by the FDA, but is not food: Submit entry information
Medical Devices, Drugs, Tobacco, and Cosmetics
May or may not be a food product: If yes, submit Prior Notice (PN) and entry information; if no, disclaim
Salt used for flavoring food vs salt used for treating road surfaces
Food product: Submit PN and entry information
Fish and seafood, live food animals, dairy products, shell eggs, fruits, vegetables, food and feed ingredients, food and feed additives, infant formula, beverages (including alcoholic beverages and bottled water), bakery goods, snack foods, candy, canned foods, and dietary supplements and dietary ingredients.
When the HTS code indicates that the product is FDA-regulated, submission of information to the FDA is required:
- Electronic submissions:
Customs brokers (entry filers) using the electronic system will be prompted to provide the following information for the FDA (in addition to the electronic information provided to CBP):
- Commodity and subtype
- Product code
- Product description
- Country code identifying where the product was produced, sourced, grown, or harvested
- Names and addresses of manufacturer, shipper, importer, delivered to party. You can use the FEI portal to look up a FDA Establishment Identifier (FEI) based on a firm name and address or to validate an address of an FEI.
- Contact information
- Estimated arrival date and time (the entry will not be transmitted to the FDA for review until 5 days before the arrival date)
- FDA Affirmation of Compliance (mandatory in some instances)
- Quantity and value (voluntary submission)
- Additional data elements may apply for certain products. Refer to FDA's Supplemental Guide for further instruction.
- Manual (paper) submissions:
Importers/customs brokers (entry filers) who do not use the electronic system will be directed to provide their entry documentation to the local FDA Import office for review.
Regardless of whether the entry information is submitted to the FDA via the electronic system or via a manual process, the FDA will use the information available to determine the admissibility of the articles offered for import.
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What if there is no FD flag associated with my HTS code, but I believe the imported product is FDA-regulated?
Not all HTS codes have FD flags. This does not mean that the product is not FDA-regulated. Based on the intended use of the product, customer brokers (entry filers) are expected to transmit FDA data for HTS codes that do not have an FD flag.
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What can a customs broker (entry filer) assist you with during the entry submission process?
For information regarding the FDA's entry review process after your entry is submitted, please visit the entry review page.
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How can I expedite the FDA’s review of my entry?
The best way for the FDA to receive notification is through its electronic import entry review system. Entries processed through this system will be electronically screened against criteria developed by the FDA.
Submitting accurate and complete information at the time of entry, and responding in a timely manner to requests for additional documents/information, helps expedite the entry review process. Note: Submitting inaccurate or incomplete information may delay the review of your entry.
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How to Import a Car from Europe (or Elsewhere) to the US
In many cases, if you wish to buy a particular brand of vehicle that can't be found in the United States, you'll need to import a car from Europe. European car options are oftentimes different from American ones, and even similar vehicles or cars from the same manufacturers and model lines can have unique features in European and American versions. In order to buy a car from Europe, however, you'll have to go through quite a bit more in terms of logistical finagling than you would in the United States. Read on for a brief overview of how to import a car from Europe.
Choose the Car and Check Emissions
If you're thinking of importing a car from Europe, it's likely you already have a set vehicle in mind. If not, check over the different European brands to be sure that the vehicle you're interested in can't be found in the United States as well. When you've settled on a car, you'll need to review your local American emission laws as well as the car's emissions ratings. This is to be sure it will be legal for you to bring it into the country in the first place.
Contact the Dealer and Negotiate
If there's a specific dealer you'd like to work with in Europe, contact them to begin your negotiations for the car. If there is not, you'll need to likely contact the manufacturer directly for a good idea of how to secure a vehicle. In many cases, working with the manufacturer directly is a bonus and makes your task easier. Many manufacturers will help to take care of customs forms and shipping procedures for you.
When you've settled on the vehicle, enter into negotiations for the purchase price of the car. This process may work very similarly to an American negotiation process or it may not, depending upon the exact dealer and manufacturer you work with.
Arrange for Shipping
You'll need to hire a shipping or transport company to deliver the car for you. This may add hundreds of dollars on to the cost of the car, so be sure to factor this into your considerations when you plan to purchase the vehicle. You can work with local companies that have international partners, or you can contact European companies directly. Most American-based companies with international shipping policies will be able to provide you the best deal.
Complete the Proper Paperwork
You'll need to fill out certain paperwork in order to bring the car into the country. Depending upon where you're buying it from, you may need to deal with export papers and taxes as well. You'll likely need to deal with import paperwork and fees for bringing the car into America. The shipping company or the manufacturer can help with that, as can the DMV in your state if you're having trouble.
For more information about how to import a car from Europe, consult with a professional in your area.
Importing Classic Cars to the USA
Importing a classic car into the USA could prove to be a worthwhile experience as long as the necessary rules, regulations and paperwork are considered before making a purchase. Most classic European car buyers are enamored by the rare find, and buy the car without first knowing how to legally put it on US soil. Any car that is imported into the US will have to confirm to various emissions, bumper and safety standards before it is rendered legal to use. Here are the few steps on how to import a classic car to the US. You'll need:
- U.S. EPA form 3520-1
- U.S. DOT form HS-7
- DOT Registered Importer (RI) contract (when applicable)
- Money to pay for duties
Check the NHTSA List of Approved Vehicles
This list will give you an idea if your classic car is eligible to be imported to the USA. If the vehicle you purchased is not on the list, you will have to hire the services of a DOT certified Registered Importer. This specialist will perform the necessary modifications to make the vehicle conform to crash and safety standards. Secure a DOT Form HS-7 to ensure that the vehicle conforms to various bumper and safety standards. The services of an RI could be expensive, but are necessary to make the vehicle eligible for import.
Consult the U.S. EPA
The U.S. EPA guidelines should be consulted to become familiar with the various regulations that need to be followed when planning to import a car into the USA. The emission testing procedures will measure the amount of hydrocarbons, nitrous oxide and particulate emissions from the tailpipe while the car is strapped into a dynamometer. All cars have to meet U.S. EPA standards before they can be imported and used in the US. Certain vehicles such as race cars and classic cars built before January 1, 1968 may be excluded from emission requirements.
Secure a U.S. EPA form 3520-1 to prove that the vehicle has passed EPA requirements. This form will be given to U.S. Customs officials before given the permit to enter.
Make Arrangements with U.S. Customs
Before shipping the classic car of your dreams, notify the carrier or shipper of the arrival date of the car to make the necessary arrangements at the U.S. Customs office.
Clean the Undercarriage
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that the undercarriage of any imported vehicle must be cleaned or steam washed to prevent the entry of soil, insects and other foreign matter into US soil. Have a reputable car wash or detailing shop undertake the procedure.
Ship the Vehicle
Have the vehicle shipped and prepare documents such as the original bill of lading, bill of sale and old vehicle registration. These documents have to be presented to Customs upon arrival of the car.
Submit Documents and Pay Duties
Present the vehicle documents upon arrival along with the EPA form 3520-1 to U.S. Customs and pay the appropriate duties/fees corresponding to the transaction. Duty rates are normally based on 2.5% of the purchase price of the car. Other regulations and exemptions may vary. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will provide all the necessary information regarding updates, fees and exemptions in regards to importing a classic car to the USA.
You should also make sure that you empty the vehicle of all personal belongings prior to its departure. If you leave anything inside there is a high risk of theft while the vehicle is in transit or sitting at docks. Most shipping companies will reject your vehicle if it has personal belongings inside, and if not, you could be in for a hefty charge by Customs upon the vehicle's arrival.
Laws Regarding Importing Cars to the U.S.
If your vehicle does not meet the emission requirements then it must be imported through an Independent Commercial Importer (ICI). The ICI will be responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is modified to meet the requirements, and the EPA will not allow the vehicle's release until the work is completed.
Standards and Taxes
There are some countries from which you cannot import a car that was built in that country. The Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, will have the latest information about import prohibitions. Most countries from Africa, the Middle East and several from Central America as well as Cuba all have importing sanctions. This department has a phone number and you can easily obtain the information you need. This can save you a lot of time, stress and money before you start looking for an imported car.
Additionally if you use an imported car to import narcotics, drugs or other illegal items the consequences are very serious. Make sure you know where the car is coming from, who it is shipping and how it is kept secure. If your name is on the title then you are held responsible.
Common Imported Car Scams
There are many scams that are used when importing a car. They can range from simply taking your money and not delivering your car, to not delivering the right car. It is always best to purchase your car in person, but if this is not possible, keep an eye out for the following scams. Take note of these red flags to ensure you are using a legitimate company.
- Disregard of safety standards. Many of the cars that are imported are considered unsafe, but they're still imported and registered. This is illegal, and they should never have been imported. When the authorities are aware of this issue they will then contact you if you got your car from the same importer. It will need to be inspected and if it does not meet safety regulations, it will be taken or you will need to have the car completely fixed, which can be a lot of money
- Alternative payment methods. If the car importer is requiring payment through Western Union, be wary. Of the many scams out there, paying by Western Union is a huge warning sign. Your bank will be able to provide you with instructions. Other car payment scams to watch out for include when a seller sends you a tracking number from an escrow service. Check out the email, as Money Bookers and Yahoo! do not use Western Union. If you are told to pay using Intuit PayTrust or eBonza, it is most likely a scam
- Waived taxes. If a company is offering no fees for import taxes, investigate before taking action. See if there are any customer reviews you can read, as there have been several scams that involve importers not using the proper paperwork in order to avoid paying any import duty. This is more typical of a car dealership than importing a car yourself, but it is still something to be aware of
- Indeterminate vehicle location. Many people look to import their car when they move overseas, but they wait for a lengthy period of time and the company they used has not yet contacted them about the car. When finding a company yourself, you need to do some careful research. A legitimate company can be of great help, as there is plenty of paperwork you will need to fill out. Paying a large sum of money to have your car imported and then have nothing arrive, only to be told by the company that they are not responsible for any loss, will result in plenty of buyer's remorse. Make sure you read all of the fine print and keep all the paperwork. You also need to have insurance, as things can happen during transport
- Clear title. Cars cannot legally be imported unless the title is clear, so make sure you get this information. Then you can check on the car title yourself before making a purchase. This is necessary if the imported car is already in the country, or if you are buying a car and then having it imported.
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