Acquisition Policy Flash! 20-20 - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Acquisition Policy Flash! 20-20

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Class Deviation from FAR to Implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Purpose: This class deviation revises certain FAR parts to implement the USMCA.

FAR Parts Impacted: FAR parts 4, 13, 18, 22, 25, 27, and 52.

Effective Date: Immediately.

Background: The USMCA supersedes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and is effective July 1, 2020.

FAR Case 2020-014 will implement appropriate changes to the FAR related to the USMCA and the USMCA Implementation Act (Public Law 116-113). The FAR case has not been published. This class deviation is issued in advance of publication.

This class deviation replaces NAFTA with USMCA references. Although Canada is still a designated country under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement, Canada is no longer a Free Trade Agreement country. Therefore, this deviation deletes references to Canada as a Free Trade Agreement country, including the $25,000 threshold. Mexico thresholds are unchanged.

Applicability: This class deviation applies to all VA contracting activities.

Action Required: All HCAs and their staff shall comply with the requirements of the published class deviation.

Additional Information: Questions or comments should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) via email at or via telephone at (202) 632-5288.