Effective immediately, this class deviation revises and supersedes the class deviation issued on July 1, 2020. The revision is necessary to make the deviation to FAR clause 52.222-19 provided in attachment 1 applicable when used in conjunction with FAR clause 52.213-4, Terms and Conditions-Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).
Therefore, effective immediately, contracting officers shall comply with this class deviation, which implements the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), as enacted by Congress in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 116- 113). The USMCA supersedes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Chapter 13 of the USMCA (government procurement) applies only to the United States and Mexico; as a result, Canada is no longer a Free Trade Agreement country.
Contracting officers shall comply with the following deviations from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that implement the USMCA:
Contracting officers shall use the provisions and clauses in attachments 1 through 7, as prescribed in the attachments of this deviation in lieu of the following FAR and DFARS provisions and clauses:
Contracting officers shall not use the following clauses:
In lieu of the threshold at FAR 22.1503(b)(1), the requirements of FAR subpart 22.15 that result from the appearance of any end product on the List of Products Requiring Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor (www.dol.gov/ilab/) do not apply to a solicitation or contract if the identified country of origin on the List is Canada, and the anticipated value of the acquisition is $182,000 or more.
The requirements of FAR 27.204-1, Patented Technology under the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the associated emergency acquisition flexibility at FAR 18.120 are no longer applicable or authorized. Contracting officers are advised to consult with legal counsel when questions arise with regard to the use of patented technology under the USMCA.
This class deviation remains in effect until incorporated in the FAR and DFARS or otherwise rescinded.