GSA Contractors May Now Sell Products Manufactured In Taiwan

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On July 15, 2009 the Office of the United States Trade Representative issued a determination   regarding  a waiver of discriminatory purchasing requirements with respect to the goods and services of Taiwan.

Taiwan, a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2008, submitted its instrument of accession to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) committee on June 15, 2009 and was subsequently approved.  Now that Taiwan is a member of the GPA, any previous Trade Agreements Act prohibitions have been lifted.

An excerpt from from the Federal Register reads, “In accordance with section 301(b)(1) of the Trade Agreements Act, Taiwan (known in the WTO as Chinese Taipei) is so designated for the purpose of section 301(a) of the Trade Agreements Act.

If  all the above regulatory and legal jargon is confusing, I have attached the notice from the Federal Register for your reading pleasure: Federal Register Notice

For a full listing of Trade Agreements Act designated countries, refer to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 25.003.

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