This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from January 15, 1979 to December 16, 1980. Laws that have not been passed until the end of a congress are removed from the books. Trade Agreements Act de 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-39, H.R. 4537, 96th Cong. Scary huh. Many GSA contractors do not fully understand the TAA and which countries are approved or “designated” and which countries are not. The TAA requires that all products sold to the U.S.
government be manufactured in one of the designated countries considered fair to the United States. Verifying the county in which a product was manufactured is a very difficult process for a reseller or distributor. This can be almost impossible for a reseller or distributor who offers tens of thousands (or even hundreds) of thousands of products. Each GSA contractor is required to verify the country of origin (COO) for each product and ensure its compliance with the TAA before adding it to their GSA contract and selling it to the government. I don`t think it`s unreasonable to think that many contractors with a long price list don`t break down all products properly. And don`t think it`s just contractors under Office Products/Supplies Schedule 75 who are facing this daunting task. I know many technology and security product companies that also have these challenges (both at the beginning of contract performance and regularly throughout the duration of the contract). On this month`s blog, I wanted to start the new year and talk about the US Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (“TAA”). Yes, the TAA (19 U.S.C.
§ 2501 et seq.) remains one of the main points of concern for the GSA and USG contractors and, at the same time, one of the most confusing topics to be addressed. This is no more evident than in the recent complaint filed by the DOJ against four GSA contractors on November 24, 2010. All four of these contractors entered into a Schedule 75 contract for Office Products/Supplies and the DOJ claimed that they “offered for sale and actually sold products that do not correspond to the TAA.” Here is a relevant preliminary section of the submission: The most important for U.S. obligations under trade agreements ordered that the “Buy American” requirement be applied in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements. This requirement meant that the ARRA “Buy American” requirement does not apply to U.S. trading partners for purchases covered by trade agreements. Thus, the United States did not count on the power to waive the TAA to exclude amp and FTA partners from the application of the ARRA “Buy American” requirement, but contained an explicit provision to exclude them. The Trade Agreements Act 1979 (TAA), Pub.L. 96-39, 93 Stat. 144, signed into law July 26, 1979, codified as 19 U.S.C Chap.
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. It provided modalities for the implementation of the Tokyo Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), the United States has committed to opening its government procurement without discrimination to 57 countries or economies. With respect to the goods and services covered by these agreements, the United States must treat the goods, services and suppliers of the 57 parties in a manner comparable to that of the United States, services and suppliers. To enable the United States to enforce this requirement, the U.S. Congress passed the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA). At first glance, this law gives the president broad power to waive the discriminatory purchasing requirements imposed by the United States.