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Are You Berry Compliant? What Does Berry Compliant Mean?

May 10, 2022
Posted by Michelle Coleman

The Berry Amendment is a piece of legislation that prohibits the Department of Defense (DoD) from using appropriated funds or anything accessible and used by the DoD in order to procure fabrics, clothing, yarns, fibers, other made-up textiles, food, measuring or hand tools that are not grown, reused, reprocessed or produced in the U.S. There are some exceptions due to the unavailability, cost or manufacturing inefficiencies of U.S. based production.

This Amendment has helped the clothing and textile production companies in the U.S. to prosper.

At Polo Custom Products, we understand the implications and requirements surrounding Berry Compliance, which is reflected in the services and products we provide.

Defining Berry Compliance
Essentially Berry Compliance helps promote the purchase of U.S. goods over other foreign made goods. The Amendment requires certain organizations to purchase products made in the U.S.

The Berry Amendment was first instituted in 1941 to help preserve the United States industrial base during the time of war.

The Amendment applies to both prime general contractors and subcontractors. The types of products affected by the Berry Amendment include the following:

  • Clothing and the materials and components thereof which may include headwear, outerwear, underwear, footwear, nightwear, hand wear, hosiery, badges, belts and insignia.
  • Cotton and natural fiber products
  • Tents and their components, including covers and tarpaulins
  • Spun silk yarn for cartridge cloth
  • Woven silk or woven silk blends
  • Wool (fiber or yarn contained in materials, fabrics or manufactured articles)
  • Synthetic fabric
  • Coated synthetic fabric
  • All textile fibers and yarns used in such fabrics
  • Any piece of equipment containing or manufacturing from such yarns, fibers or materials manufactured in the U.S.

Do You Need to Be Berry Compliant?
Is your project affiliated with the DoD? If so, you are required to be Berry compliant. If your project has no connection to the Department of Defense or DoD funds, then you are not obligated to be Berry Compliant.

Berry Compliant Custom Contract Sewing Company

Polo Custom Products is a leader among Berry Compliant contract sewing companies. Our services include the following:

For information about industrial custom sewing services, film & fabric welding, thermoforming and supply-chain-management capabilities, call us today at 888.827.2476, use our contact form, or request a quote.

Michelle Coleman

Program Manager Government and Defense
Michelle writes here to tell you about how much she enjoys working with her customers. She is an expert at bringing fire & safety and military products to market. Michelle likes to ensure products meet specifications and get to market on-time. Michelle is adept at working with engineering, operations and sales departments to ensure her customers are happy with their finished products. Contact Michelle now to get your product into the design and manufacturing process.