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. There are no exceptions for Cisco. You can reach them directly. Here are some links that can help: www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/legal/global-export-trade/general-export-compliance.html news.bloomberglaw.com/federal-contracting/no-revival-for-buy-american-suit-involving-cisco-products the ATA is the enabling regime that implements many multilateral and bilateral trade agreements and other trade initiatives. Under the TAA, contractors must supply either finished products manufactured in the United States or U.S.-specific finished products. « Designated countries » are countries that have signed the agreement on the world trade organization`s procurement agreement for public procurement, a country in the free trade agreement and some countries in the development basin and the Caribbean.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 compatible with the AAT, it cannot be delivered in the context of purchases covered by the TAA without the delivery of a state waiver.
Patrick, I`m glad you liked our site! The TAA countries are those that have trade agreements with the United States. The common NATO is not a trade agreement that could confer A country-designated status. However, the EU currently has trade agreements with the US and, as a result, all members are TAA compliant countries. We will continue to check the various sources listed at the end of this blog in order to maintain our list of countries designated by the TAA. Another thing to keep in mind is the essential transformation. Check that your product has been « partially manufactured » in a country and processed primarily in a country marked by TAA, it can continue to be classified as a TAA compliant.