Contractors selling products on GSA Schedules need to be aware of a new, highly time-sensitive GSA initiative to verify compliance with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA). The TAA requires GSA contractors to only deliver products wholly manufactured or substantially transformed in the United States or other designated countries. FAR 52.225-5, Trade Agreements, defines substantial transformation as the process of changing an article “[consisting] wholly or in part of materials from another country…into a new and different article of commerce, with a name, character, or use distinct from the original article”.
In early May 2016, GSA sent draft letters on Trade …read more
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