Taa Trade Agreements Act
At the same time, products from countries that have not concluded such trade agreements are excluded from government procurement. Countries that have concluded such agreements are designated as parties to the World Trade Organization (« WTO ») agreement. . The Trade Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. &2501-2581) of 1979 was passed to promote fair and open international trade, but more importantly, it implements the requirement that the U.S. government can only purchase finished products manufactured or designated in the United States. This means, among other things, that GSA can only acquire products manufactured and/or TAA compliant in the United States, even though they are executed under a MAS program. This requirement has again baffled many MAS contractors as to their true meaning. The VA has also launched a new application for entecavir, which is itself submitted to the TAA.