Given that the United States is the world's largest single purchasing country, with annual procurements by the federal and state governments of the U.S. amounting to US$2 trillion, the Bureau of Foreign Trade commissioned TAITRA to implement the GP Project this year. As part of this Project, a series of seminars on the U.S. government procurement market will be held. The first seminar on Explanation and Consultation of U.S. TAA Standards was held on March 27th via a live online broadcast. Rebecca Chang, Vice President of PwC Legal, was invited to explain the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) and compliance with its standards. She also noted the latest judicial cases involving the U.S. customs and courts, which should be of great assistance to Taiwanese vendors in vying for the U.S. government procurement market.
Ms. Chang explained that since Taiwan is one of the designated countries under the TAA, the current U.S.-China trade dispute can serve as a niche for Taiwan. Moreover, President Trump's executive order banning the federal government’s procurement of information and communications technology and security products from China is a prime opportunity for Taiwan's products and services to enter the U.S. government procurement market.
The essence of the TAA lies in whether "substantial transformation" of a product takes place in a designated country of the TAA, and has no direct relationship with the origin of the components and the place where the product is assembled. If all of the hardware and software are supplied by other countries and only simple assembly is done in Taiwan, or even manufactured in Taiwan, the product does not meet TAA standards. Thus, Taiwanese companies must clearly understand the origin of the components for the final product, as well as where and how transformation into the final product occurred in order to distinctly write the TAA Certificate statement.
This seminar mainly introduced vendors to the U.S. government procurement market and channels to vie for business opportunities. After the seminar, one-on-one consultations between Ms. Chang and Taiwanese companies were arranged. This online event attracted a total of 299 companies. At the same time, it was announced that the second seminar would be held on May 14th. U.S. officials and experts will be invited to further explain contacts, contracts, and the GSA Schedule. Vendors are welcome to participate.