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New Zealand Joins WTO Government Procurement Agreement; U.S. Alters Rules in Response

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Effective Aug. 12, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will waive discriminatory purchasing requirements for eligible products and suppliers from New Zealand, which submitted its instrument of accession to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement on July 13. Specifically, having determined that New Zealand will provide appropriate reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities to U.S. products and services and suppliers of such products and services, beginning Aug. 12 the U.S. will waive the application of any law, regulation, procedure or practice regarding government procurement that would, if applied to eligible products of New Zealand (i.e., those covered under the GPA for procurement by the U.S.) and suppliers of such products, result in treatment less favorable than that accorded to (a) U.S. products and suppliers of such products or (b) eligible products of another foreign country or instrumentality that is a party to the GPA and suppliers of such products.

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