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. … b) For the application of single trade agreements for different agencies, see agency regulations. b) The value of the acquisition is a determining factor in the applicability of trade agreements. Most of these dollar thresholds are reviewed approximately every two years by the U.S. Trade Representative.
The different thresholds are summarized as follows: the TAA prohibits the government from purchasing finished products from certain non-designated countries (for example). B China, India), but allows the president to waive national procurement requirements, including the BAA, so that the government can purchase products from other “designated countries.” Designated countries are those that have trade agreements with the United States that require their products to be treated in the same way as domestic U.S. products. The thresholds for the application of the TAA vary according to trade agreements. The most widespread trade agreement is the World Trade Organization`s Agreement on Public Procurement (WTO GPA). The current thresholds for the WTO GPA are $182,000 for goods and services contracts and $7,008,000 for work contracts. (a) (1) The Trade Agreements Act (19 U.S.C 2501, s.d.) gives the President the power to waive buy-U.S. status and other discriminatory provisions applicable to eligible products from countries that have signed an international trade agreement with the United States or meet certain other criteria, such as. B a least developed country.
The President delegated this waiver power to the U.S. trade representative. With respect to acquisitions under the WTO ACCORD, the free trade agreement or the Israeli Trade Act, the U.S. Trade Representative waived Buy American status and other discriminatory provisions applicable to eligible products. Eligible product offers are considered on the same basis as national offers. 2. The contract agent determines the origin of the services of the country in which the company in which the services are provided is based. See sub-part 25.5 for procurement contract evaluation procedures covered by trade agreements. FAR 52.225-5 lists all “designated countries” for TAA purposes. Among the countries that have signed the WTO ACCORD, have a free trade agreement with the United States, or have been identified as “least developed countries” or “Caribbean basin countries.” If it is an acquisition of the Ministry of Defence, the list of designated countries is even longer, as it also includes those that have been identified as “qualifying countries”.
As a general rule, the TAA applies in three circumstances: (1) Purchases are valued at more than USD 182,000 for products/services or more than USD 7,008,000 for construction; 2) includes, upon purchase, the products or building materials listed in the trade agreement in question; and (3) None of the other exceptions in trade agreements apply (for example. B contracting is intended for small businesses or is made as a single purchase).