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Trade Agreements Act (TAA)
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Non-Availability Determinations under 65 I B
The Trade Agreements Act is applicable to all Schedules. In exercising its authority under FAR Part 25, Foreign Acquisition, purchases by Ordering Activities are restricted to either U.S.-made or designated country end products. A U.S.-made product can be either 1) an article that is mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States, or 2) an article that is substantially transformed in the United States into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed. It is the offeror’s responsibility to verify that all offered products are U.S. made or designated country end products as defined in clause FAR 52.225-5. When an item consists of components from various countries and the components are assembled in a designated country, the test to determine country of origin is substantial transformation (see FAR 25.001(c)(2)). Offerors requiring a determination on substantial transformation can go to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Regulations and Rulings. For services, origin is determined by the country in which the firm providing the service is established, not the location at which the services are performed.
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The following list of designated countries is current, accurate, and complete as of October 31, 2016.
TAA — Non-Availability Determinations under 65 I B
Special Item Number (SIN) 42-2A product items that are not U.S.-made or designated country end products must be offered for sale to the Government under an FSS 65 I B contract and must be listed as other end products, as required by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.212-3(g)(5)(ii). In accordance with FAR 25.403(c) & 25.103(b)(2), the decision has been made that the Contracting Officer may make an individual non-availability determination pursuant to 1) information provided by the offeror that neither the offered 42-2A product items nor similar or like items are mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States or a designated country in sufficient quantity to fulfill the requirements, and 2) in light of the requirement set forth in 38 U.S.C. Section 8126(a)(1) that manufacturers shall make available for procurement on the Federal Supply Schedule of the General Services Administration each covered drug of the manufacturer.