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TAA Compliance and What it Means for Your Federal Business

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What is TAA?

TAA refers to the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, which impacts how the United States government does business with other countries–in effect, it actually implements provisions previously negotiated in the Trade Act of 1974.

What is the purpose of TAA?

Besides its most obvious purpose (implementation of the Trade Act) TAA is also intended to nurture free and open international trade, maintain a healthy balance of payments, ensure a substantial amount of US tax payers’ money goes back into the US economy thus providing the maximum benefit to US business owners, and stimulate economic development in underdeveloped countries, all while enforcing the standards that make it possible to do business with the federal government.

Which countries are TAA compliant?

Broadly, there are four types of countries on the TAA compliance list:

  • Countries with a free trade agreement with the United States (this includes Canada, Mexico, and Australia)
  • World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) participants, such as Japan
  • Least Developed Countries such as Afghanistan and Bangladesh
  • Countries in the Caribbean basin
On a map, here’s what it looks like:

TAA Global Map

TAA Global Map

As of 2014, there are 119 TAA compliant countries:

List of TAA Compliant Countries (2014)

TAA Compliance Country Chart (2014)

Why should I bother with TAA compliance?

A GSA schedule is the government’s preferred procurement vehicle, and being TAA compliant means you can focus on growing your business at home and abroad without worrying about losing that. It’s also a good way to ensure you still give back to country even as you explore new horizons!

Already TAA compliant? Get a GSA schedule!

List of GSA Schedules

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What’s on the GSA menu?

As of August 2014, here’s a list of all the schedules offered by the General Services Administration.

Source

Description

BPAMAS Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs)

In order to support agencies with their strategic sourcing requirements, GSA is developing a number of MAS Blanket Purchase Agreements for selected commodities and services. These BPAs can be used by all agencies to fulfill requirements. MAS BPAs leverage the government's buying power and achieve significant cost savings through the aggregating of federal demand.
00CORPTHE CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE

The Consolidated Schedule provides a streamlined approach to fulfilling requirements that fall within the scope of more than one schedule for acquiring a total solution. Contractors under this schedule hold a single contract that includes two or more combined services from schedules.
03FACFACILITIES MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT

GSA offers a vast array of innovative, customer-focused facilities products and services. Facilities Maintenance and Management, Schedule number 03FAC, is a Multiple Award Schedule that provides federal agencies a streamlined procurement device to acquire all of the services necessary to maintain and manage a facility.
23 VAUTOMOTIVE SUPERSTORE

GSA purchases many types of new vehicles and vehicle related products for government agencies and DoD. Use AutoChoice to purchase: Alternative fuel vehicles; Ambulances; Buses; Light trucks; Light trucks - vocational; Medium and heavy trucks; Sedans; Wheelchair vans; Wreckers and carriers.

When using this schedule, you can access vendors directly to place an order for vehicles or accessories or you can contact GSA to place the order on your behalf! More information on these options is available through our CARS line at 703-605-CARS (2277). The following vehicles and accessories are available under GSA Schedule: Aerial Devices and Digger/Derricks; Construction Equipment, Road and Snow Maintenance; Fire Trucks; Low Speed Vehicles (Gas or Electric); Mobile Command Centers; Remanufactured Engines; Snow Maintenance Equipment; Tankers; Tires; Trailers; Trash Collectors and Recycling Vehicles; Truck Bodies; and Vehicle Accessories and Equipment.
36THE OFFICE, IMAGING AND DOCUMENT SOLUTION
48TRANSPORTATION, DELIVERY AND RELOCATION SOLUTIONS
51 VHARDWARE SUPERSTORE

Includes Household and Office Appliances; Commercial Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Lubricants; Hardware Store Catalog and Store Front; Lawn and Garden Equipment, Machinery and Implements; Rental and Leasing (as pertains to products offered under this schedule); Tools, Tool Kits, Tool Boxes; Woodworking and Metal Working Machinery; All Parts and Accessories Related to Products Offered Under This Schedule.
520FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS (FABS)

This Multiple Award Schedule provides Federal agencies with direct access to commercial experts that can thoroughly address the needs of the Federal financial community. FABS not only gives you access to a multitude of professional financial services, but also provides you with the ability to customize the services to meet your specific needs. The FABS schedule allows for choice, flexibility, ease-of-use and access to quality firms in the financial arena.
541ADVERTISING & INTEGRATED MARKETING SOLUTIONS (AIMS)
56BUILDINGS AND BUILDING MATERIALS/INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AND SUPPLIES

This Schedule provides a full range of commercial products and services covering such areas as buildings and building materials/industrial services and supplies. In addition, this program offers energy saving building supplies, alternative energy solutions, and related services.
58 IPROFESSIONAL AUDIO/VIDEO TELEMETRY/TRACKING, RECORDING/REPRODUCING AND SIGNAL DATA SOLUTIONS
599TRAVEL SERVICES SOLUTIONS
621 IPROFESSIONAL AND ALLIED HEALTHCARE STAFFING SERVICES
621 IIMEDICAL LABORATORY TESTING AND ANALYSIS SERVICES
65 I BPHARMACEUTICALS AND DRUGS

Includes Antiseptic Liquid Skin Cleansing Detergents and Soaps, Dispensers and Accessories.
65 II AMEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
65 II CDENTAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
65 II FPATIENT MOBILITY DEVICES

Includes Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers.
65 V AX-RAY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

Includes medical and dental x-ray film.
65 VIIINVITRO DIAGNOSTICS, REAGENTS, TEST KITS AND TEST SETS
66SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES

Test and Measurement Equipment, Unmanned Scientific Vehicles; Laboratory Instruments, Furnishings and LIMS; Geophysical and Environmental Analysis Equipment; and Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, and Geophysical Testing Services
66 IIICLINICAL ANALYZERS, LABORATORY, COST-PER-TEST
67PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

Cameras, photographic printers and related supplies & services (digital and film-based)
70GENERAL PURPOSE COMMERCIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, AND SERVICES

Pursuant to Section 211 of the e-Gov Act of 2002, Cooperative Purchasing provides authorized State and local government entities access to information technology items offered through GSA's Schedule 70 and the Corporate contracts for associated special item numbers. Contracts with the COOP PURC icon indicate that authorized state and local government entities may procure from that contract.
71FURNITURE
71 II KCOMPREHENSIVE FURNITURE MANAGEMENT SERVICES (CFMS)
72FURNISHING AND FLOOR COVERINGS
73FOOD SERVICE, HOSPITALITY, CLEANING EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, CHEMICALS AND SERVICES

Offers a variety of cleaning equipment and accessories, and cleaning products for daily cleaning - products that keep facilities clean in an environmentally friendly manner. Housing Managers and Facility Managers will enjoy the full range of Hospitality Solutions under this Schedule. In addition, all food service needs from eating utensils to an entire custom designed food court kiosk concept that supports new branding initiatives are available.
736TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL STAFFING (TAPS)

Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing Services
738 IILANGUAGE SERVICES

GSA's Language Services Schedule facilitates access to commercial providers of linguists who can supply an array of Language Services, including Translation Services, Interpretation Services, Sign Language and Title III work, and Training Services. For more on Language Services, click here.
738 XHUMAN RESOURCES & EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY SERVICES
75OFFICE PRODUCTS/SUPPLIES AND SERVICES AND NEW PRODUCTS/TECHNOLOGY

Includes Videotapes, Audiotapes, Tape Cartridges, Diskettes/Optical Disks, Disk Packs, Disk Cartridges, Anti-Glare Screens, Cleaning Equipment & Supplies, Ergonomic Devices, Next Day Desktop Delivery of Office Supplies, and Restroom Products such as Roll Toilet Tissue Dispensers, Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels, Toilet Seat Covers, Facial Tissues, and Soaps for Restroom Dispensers.
751LEASING OF AUTOMOBILES AND LIGHT TRUCKS
76PUBLICATION MEDIA
78SPORTS, PROMOTIONAL, OUTDOOR, RECREATION, TROPHIES AND SIGNS (SPORTS)

Sports equipment and supplies, fitness equipment, sounds of music, child's play, sports clothing and accessories, safety zone products, camping and hiking equipment, park and playground equipment, wheel and track vehicles, recreational watercraft, flags, awards, trophies, presentations, promotional products, briefcases and carrying cases, trade show displays and exhibit systems and all related products and service.
81 I BSHIPPING, PACKAGING AND PACKING SUPPLIES

Bags, Sacks, Cartons, Crates, Packaging And Packing Bulk Material
84TOTAL SOLUTIONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, SECURITY, FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, FIRE, RESCUE, CLOTHING, MARINE CRAFT AND EMERGENCY/DISASTER RESPONSE

The Local Preparedness Acquisition Act, signed June 26, 2008, authorizes state and local governments to purchase from GSA alarm and signal systems, facility management systems, firefighting and rescue equipment, law enforcement and security equipment, marine craft and related equipment, special purpose clothing, and related services.
871PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
874MISSION ORIENTED BUSINESS INTEGRATED SERVICES (MOBIS)

NOTE: Schedule 69, TRAINING AIDS & DEVICES INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING; COURSE DEVELOPMENT; TEST ADMINISTRATION has been incorporated in SINS 4,5,8&9
874 VLOGISTICS WORLDWIDE (LOGWORLD)
899ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Source: GSA eLibrary

 

 

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