All GSA Schedules and Federal Supply (VA) Schedules are subject to the Trade Agreement Act (TAA). The TAA specifies the allowable Countries of Origin for Products being sold through the Schedule program.
DESIGNATED COUNTRIES #
The following list of designated countries is current, accurate, and complete as of October 31, 2016.World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement CountriesArmenia, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (known in the World Trade Organization as “the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei)”), Ukraine, or United Kingdom
Caribbean Basin CountriesAntigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, or Trinidad and Tobago Least Developed CountriesAfghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, or Zambia Free Trade Agreement CountriesAustralia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Korea (Republic of), Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, or Singapore
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN DETERMINATION #
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.
What if my COO Changes? #
What are the rules if the country of origin changes for a product on GSA during a GSA contract period? If the COO changes to a non-compliant country, then the product(s) must be dropped from the contract. If the COO changes, but the new one is still a compliant country, then a mod to reflect the changes must be processed.
More information you have deeper questioning on the Trade Agreement Act, we suggest researching it on the VA Website here.