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Buy America & Country of Origin Series: Sanctions and other Prohibited Sources

May 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm



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We’ve spent the last 8 sessions discussing when certain products or services receive preferential treatment based on their country of origin. In the last of our 9-part series, the Sheppard Mullin Supply Chain Management team flips the script, focusing on products and services that generally are banned from acquisitions and programs utilizing federal, and even state, funds. We focus on the U.S. sanctions program administered by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and we dive deeper in to key acquisition prohibitions, such as the 2018 ban on certain covered telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei and other Chinese-owned entities.

In this session, we will cover:

  • Government sanctions programs, including prohibited sources;
  • Updates on the Section 889 prohibition of purchasing and using certain Chinese-made telecommunications equipment;
  • Implications of U.S. laws that sanction Chinese entities using forced labor.

Supply Chain Management: Understanding “Buy America” and Country of Origin Requirements Series

Doing business with the government – not just the U.S. Government, but also state and local governments using federal funds – requires contractors to operate in a highly regulated arena. Many government contracts include some kind of preference for U.S.-origin products and construction materials, commonly referred to as “Buy America” or “country of origin” requirements. But there is no single “Buy America” requirement when it comes to federal spending, with specific country of origin requirements changing based on a variety of factors – including contract size, type of materials purchased, the purchasing agency, and even the nature of the procurement itself, each potentially requiring the application of a different country of origin requirement. To make things even more complicated, in certain instances “Buy America” requirements yield to international agreements, placing the U.S. free trade partners on equal footing with U.S.-based companies.

How can you know what is and what is not acceptable under your contract? How can you ensure that you are not falsely certifying compliance with a country of origin requirement that you do not understand? Join Sheppard Mullin’s Supply Chain Management Team as we explore these questions in this comprehensive 9-part, bi-weekly series, navigating the complicated “Buy America” maze and exploring in depth the most common country of origin requirements under a government contract.

Throughout this series, attendees will learn about:

  • The various “Buy America” and “Buy American” regimes;
  • Country of origin tests adopted by U.S. Federal agencies, including the requirement to “manufacture” or “substantially transform” a manufactured product in a specific country;
  • Requirements unique to federally-funded Infrastructure and grant programs, including transportation and broadband projects;
  • Special rules uniquely applicable to Defense Programs, like the Berry Amendment and Specialty Metals restrictions;
  • Exceptions and waivers that may be available for non-conforming products;
  • The differences between a “Buy American” certification and a “Made in the U.S.A.” label on product packaging;
  • How sanctions and other prohibited sources rules can affect your country of origin compliance; and
  • Compliance best practices for government contractors, including tips to lower the risks of False Claims Act violations and other false certifications, exploring real-world examples.

2023 Dates and Topics (2:00-3:15pm ET; webinar):


May 10, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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John Plinke


Delivery Method
Live Virtual Training