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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: June 6, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Procurement Threshold

SOURCE: Federal Register, June 6, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 109, page 36033

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS 225.1101, Acquisition of Supplies, to reflect the U.S. Trade Representative's increase in the dollar threshold for the application of NAFTA to procurement of Mexican goods from $53,150 to $54,372.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the change in the thresholds for the application of NAFTA and the Trade Agreements Act to foreign goods and construction, see the March 31, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of Trade Agreements Act."

Also, for changes made to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the threshold changes, see today's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-18, Miscellaneous Amendments."

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 6, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-0288; fax: 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 2000-D011 in all correspondence pertaining to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On March 31, 2000, the U.S. Trade Representative published a determination that increased the dollar threshold for application of NAFTA to procurement of goods from Mexico from $53,150 to $54,372. This final rule substitutes "$54,372" for "$53,150" to paragraphs (13)(i)(A) and (13)(i)(B) of DFARS 225.1101, which contain the prescriptions for the use of DFARS 252.225-7036, Buy American Act -- North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act -- Balance of Payments Program, and its Alternate I.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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