According to (TAA) Trade Agreements Act of 1979, compliance requires that the U.S. Government (including GSA) acquires only U.S. – made or certain “designated country” end products. This means that all products must be either manufactured or “substantially transformed” in the United States or a TAA compliant country. Some countries have been excluded from the designated countries list and that includes China.
WHAT ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS?
If you supply products for GSA (General Services Administration) schedules and other government contracts, those products must comply with the federal Trade Agreements Act (TAA).
Failure to comply with TAA can lead to bid award cancellation, multimillion-dollar fines and exclusion from federal contracting.
In addition, the U.S. government is no longer allowing any Chinese brand cameras in any of their facilities. Unfortunately none are grandfathered in, so even recent installs are being torn out.
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
If you have already purchased non-compliant video surveillance equipment, consider an upgrade with VIVOTEK’s TAA Compliant products that meet the requirements of the Trade Agreement Act of the US. They will make sure you have:
1) A letter of supply agreement, so you have proof of where your products originated.
2) Documentation related to their origin country
3) Products with the correct country of origin code and origin markings
WHY CHOOSE VIVOTEK?
VIVOTEK’s TAA-compliant products meet the requirements set forth by the Trade Agreement Act of the United States. They provide comprehensive IP surveillance solutions including:
- network cameras
- video servers
- network video recorders
- PoE solutions
- video management software for GSA schedule and other government contracts
Call us to verify your installs are TIAA Compliant and see if an upgrade of equipment is necessary.