12 Oct Trade Agreements Act (Taa) (19 U.s.c. 2501 Et Seq.)
On May 5, 2016, thousands of U.S. Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contractors received a notification without warning asking them to verify the country of origin (COO) within a week for all products in their Schedule contracts. This communication continues the trend towards further review of congressional and regulatory claims regarding “made in the USA” for products sold under the GSA schedule, as well as compliance with applicable laws, such as.B. of the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), 19 U.S.C § 2501 et seq. The Trade Agreements Act 1979 (TAA), Pub.L. 96-39, 93 Stat. 144, promulgated July 26, 1979, codified as 19 U.S.C ch. 13 (19 U.S.C§ 2501-2581), is an act of Congress that regulates trade agreements negotiated between the United States and other countries under the Trade Act of 1974. “designated countries” means countries that are signatories to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement, a free trade agreement, and certain developing countries and the Caribbean Basin.1 It is important that India, China, Malaysia and the Philippines are not designated countries. When a product or service has a COO that is not TAA compatible, it cannot be delivered in combination with purchases covered by the TAA without a declaration of waiver from the State.
The following list was extracted from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and was last updated in November 2016 with the addition of Moldova and Ukraine and is current as of June 2020. To access this FAR clause directly, click here: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.225-5, Trade Agreements. The TAA may limit the purchase of goods and services for federal contracts if the program management office decides to verify compliance with the TAA. In many ways, the TAA replaces the Buy American Act because the TAA authorizes the president to waive the Buy American Act under certain conditions. Subsection 25.4 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) contains guidelines for compliance with the TAA.  In general, a product is TAA compliant when manufactured in the United States or a “designated country”. . . .