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Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements for Montenegro

Friday, July 10, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Effective July 15, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will waive discriminatory purchasing requirements for eligible products and suppliers from Montenegro, which submitted its instrument of accession to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement on June 15. Specifically, having determined that Montenegro will provide appropriate reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities to U.S. products and services and suppliers of such products and services, beginning July 15 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 Montenegro (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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