The Trade Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. – 2501-2581) of 1979 was passed to promote fair and open international trade, but more importantly, it implemented the requirement that the U.S. government only buy finished manufactured products or certain finished products. This means, in particular, that, under a MAS program, GSA can only purchase products that are compliant in the United States and/or compliant with the TAA. This requirement has always baffled many MAS contract holders as to their actual meaning. The Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA), Pub.L. 96-39, 93 Stat. 144, adopted on July 26, 1979, codified on July 19. C ch. 13 (19 U.S.C. It outlined the modalities for the implementation of the Tokyo round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
The second of these statutes is the TAA. The TAA should encourage foreign countries to enter into reciprocal trade agreements on public procurement. These agreements prohibit foreign products from discriminating against U.S.-made products and prohibit the United States from discriminating against foreign products. Under the statute, countries that have such agreements and do not discriminate against U.S. educational products may, on non-discriminatory terms, be competing with the U.S. government. At the same time, products from countries that do not have such trade agreements are excluded from public procurement. Countries that have concluded such agreements are designated as parties to the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement. … Before obtaining the merits of the protest, the Court raised an interesting decision-seeking issue. Despite the upcoming protest, the protester filed a petition in response to the disputed request. The government has shown that the proposed price of the protester is the highest, in a supply made on a technically acceptable basis at the lowest price.
Since the protester had no chance of obtaining a prize, even if it turned out that his tablets were in accordance with the TAA, the government withdrew the case on the grounds that the protester had not been injured, that the matter was contentious and that the protester was not willing to protest. Two statutes are the source of most restrictions on the government`s ability to procure supplies of foreign origin: the BAA and the TAA. 41 U.S.C No. 8302 (a) (1) (added). A 1954 executive order, which has just been implemented in the FAR, stipulates that BAA`s inappropriate cost exception applies when a large company`s lowest domestic supply is more than 6% higher than the lowest foreign offer and the lowest domestic offer of a small business is more than 12% higher than the lowest foreign offer. 48 C.F.R. („FAR”) 25.105. Congress also has commercial products („COTS”) of the „essentially all” requirement, 41 U.S.C s. S.
1907, so that a COTS product „made” in the United States complies with the BAA, even if it is made from mainly foreign components, FAR 25.101 (a)). This exemption applies until December 31, 2020, unless it is amended. Here is a complete list of TAA-compliant countries.