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“TAA Compliance and the Federal Government” By Ron Newlin

The Trade Agreement Act (TAA) restricts procurement of some items to eligible participating nations. This means only products manufactured in TAA-compliant facilities can be purchased for use by federal agencies.


Lenovo is dedicated to a secure, compliant, and responsive supply chain. The manufacturing facility in Whitsett, North Carolina, opened in 2013, assembles TAA-compliant ThinkPad and other Lenovo, and is fully 9001:2013 certified for superior product quality. This capability, paired with our existing TAA-compliant facility in Monterrey, Mexico, is another step forward in Lenovo’s innovative hybrid Global Supply Chain strategy. Two strong production nodes bring Lenovo even closer to our North American customers and business partners and strengthen the ability to deliver better products and services.


The reason I bring this to light today is in speaking with many Federal Agencies, TAA is a concern for them to be able to procure enterprise class servers and meet Federal buying Guidelines.


IBM sources most of the System X for Federal from Guadalajara in a secure facility that then ships through Texas to another secure bonded warehouse.  The point of discussion are the dual business units manufactured in China that provide most commercial and some public sector accounts,  In discussions, with Federal agencies, I have found that many times there is not a clear understanding that Lenovo and IBM both have manufactured TAA compliant products and provide secure products for the FED.


Ron Newlin

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