Trade Agreements Act (TAA) Compliance

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The Trade Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 2501, et seq.) is the TAA. The statute is updated about once a year as new trade agreements are signed between the US Trade Representative and other countries.

When you received your contract award, you certified that products and services provided through your contract comply with this act.

You comply with the act by ensuring that manufacturers and distributors who provide you with products agree to certify the country of origin and also agree keep that certification current. If you are the manufacturer of the product, then you are certifying your own facilities. If you manufacture the item using parts from non-TAA countries, there are complex rules to follow that determine whether the end product is compliant. SenSoft can provide references to attorneys familiar with these rules if you need assistance.

You can be fined for selling any non-compliant products or services sold through your contract to a Government buyer. The fines can be large, are calculated per invoice, and apply to all sales from the time your contract was first awarded. Non-compliant sales can be can be discovered and reported to enforcement agencies through:

Our web service alerts you to presence of "waiver required" country codes within your price lists, and supplies detailed error reports, so that you may quickly and easily correct their data. You cannot complete the approval process if there are items requiring a TAA waiver unless you certify explicitly that you actually have the TAA waiver.

The enforcement of TAA compliance issues, and many other contract compliance issues, occurs through the false claims and false statements statute.
False Claims and Whistleblowers

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