The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) is the enabling statute that implements numerous multilateral and bilateral international trade agreements and other trade initiatives. The TAA applies to all GSA Schedule contracts unless otherwise stated in the solicitation or contract. The TAA limits the country of origin for products sold through your Schedule contract, in general, this means the following may be sold:
- Articles that are wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of the U.S. or a designated country, or
- Articles that are "substantially transformed" in the U.S. or a designated country 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.
Remember that it is the responsibility of each Schedule contractor to ensure that product information is accurately incorporated into the contract and displayed on GSA Advantage throughout the life of the contract. It is a good practice to periodically review the country of origin of products offered on your GSA contract, as manufacturers sometimes change their manufacturing points. If you determine that a product country of origin has changed, the following directions can assist you in updating GSA Advantage.
For more information about the TAA, refer to clause 52.225-5 Trade Agreements.