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Waiver of Discriminatory Government Purchasing Requirements for Ukraine

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Effective May 18, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is waiving discriminatory purchasing requirements for eligible products and suppliers from Ukraine, which submitted its instrument of accession to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement April 18. Specifically, having determined that Ukraine will provide appropriate reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities to U.S. products and services and suppliers of such products and services, beginning May 18 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 Ukraine (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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