U.S. federal law restricts certain government purchases to goods and services that comply with U.S. preference or domestic content requirements, including the Buy American Act of 1933 (BAA), the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA), and various executive agency specific “Buy America” laws and regulations. With increased focus on these rules, companies selling directly to the federal government – and those serving as subcontractors, sub-tier subcontractors, or suppliers in federal government procurements – must comply with ongoing developments to sell to the government.
ST&R offers the following services to help with your compliance:
- Provide company-specific training regarding BAA, TAA, and other “Buy America” requirements, including compliance related to specific product offerings;
- Review strategic product sets/SKUs to determine BAA/TAA eligibility and compliance;
- Prepare and submit country of origin determination rulings to U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) for specific products/SKUs to determine whether a substantial transformation occurred in a TAA-designated country, and therefore, whether the product is TAA compliant; and
- Review contract terms and conditions related to specific product or service offerings to determine BAA/TAA/Buy America applicability.
Why Use ST&R’s Government Procurement Services
Comprehensive Guidance. ST&R attorneys and trade consultants meet companies at the intersection of government procurement and international trade. Whether it is evaluating a particular product to determine compliance with government procurement rules or developing a company-wide training and compliance program around these issues, ST&R attorneys and trade consultants work directly with company stakeholders to decrease risk and maximize sales.
Strategic Analysis. If your products are subject to country of origin-related government procurement rules, ST&R will assist you in determining whether such products satisfy current government procurement requirements and, if not, what additional steps must be taken to bring such products into compliance.
Cost Effectiveness. ST&R attorneys and trade consultants have considerable experience in country of origin-related government procurement matters and include attorneys with experience at some of the largest defense contractors in the world. We leverage this experience to ensure that our approach is tailored to your business and rapidly implemented across multiple product lines. Our experience ensures increased compliance for your organization, as well as expanded sales opportunities to help boost your bottom line.