52.225-11 Buy American-Construction Materials under Trade Agreements.

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52.225-11 Buy American-Construction Materials under Trade Agreements.

52.225-11 Buy American-Construction Materials under Trade Agreements.

As prescribed in 25.1102(c), insert the following clause:

Buy American-Construction Materials under Trade Agreements (Oct 2016)

  1. (a) Definitions. As used in this clause-

    “Caribbean Basin country construction material” means a construction material that-

    1. (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a Caribbean Basin country; or

    2. (2) In the case of a construction material that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a Caribbean Basin country into a new and different construction material distinct from the materials from which it was transformed.

      “Commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) item”-

    1. (1) Means any item of supply (including construction material) that is-

      1. (i) A commercial item (as defined in paragraph (1) of the definition at FAR 2.101);

      2. (ii) Sold in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace; and

      3. (iii) Offered to the Government, under a contract or subcontract at any tier, without modification, in the same form in which it is sold in the commercial marketplace; and

    2. (2) Does not include bulk cargo, as defined in 46 U.S.C.40102(4), such as agricultural products and petroleum products.

      “Component” means an article, material, or supply incorporated directly into a construction material.

      “Construction material” means an article, material, or supply brought to the construction site by the Contractor or subcontractor for incorporation into the building or work. The term also includes an item brought to the site preassembled from articles, materials, or supplies. However, emergency life safety systems, such as emergency lighting, fire alarm, and audio evacuation systems, that are discrete systems incorporated into a public building or work and that are produced as complete systems, are evaluated as a single and distinct construction material regardless of when or how the individual parts or components of those systems are delivered to the construction site. Materials purchased directly by the Government are supplies, not construction material.

      “Cost of components” means-

    1. (1) Means any item of supply (including construction material) that is-

      1. (i) A commercial item (as defined in paragraph (1) of the definition at FAR 2.101);

      2. (ii) Sold in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace; and

      3. (iii) Offered to the Government, under a contract or subcontract at any tier, without modification, in the same form in which it is sold in the commercial marketplace; and

    2. (2) Does not include bulk cargo, as defined in 46 U.S.C.40102(4), such as agricultural products and petroleum products.

      “Component” means an article, material, or supply incorporated directly into a construction material.

      “Construction material” means an article, material, or supply brought to the construction site by the Contractor or subcontractor for incorporation into the building or work. The term also includes an item brought to the site preassembled from articles, materials, or supplies. However, emergency life safety systems, such as emergency lighting, fire alarm, and audio evacuation systems, that are discrete systems incorporated into a public building or work and that are produced as complete systems, are evaluated as a single and distinct construction material regardless of when or how the individual parts or components of those systems are delivered to the construction site. Materials purchased directly by the Government are supplies, not construction material.

      “Cost of components” means-

    1. (1) For components purchased by the Contractor, the acquisition cost, including transportation costs to the place of incorporation into the construction material (whether or not such costs are paid to a domestic firm), and any applicable duty (whether or not a duty-free entry certificate is issued); or

    2. (2) For components manufactured by the Contractor, all costs associated with the manufacture of the component, including transportation costs as described in paragraph(1) of this definition, plus allocable overhead costs, but excluding profit. Cost of components does not include any costs associated with the manufacture of the construction material.

      “Designated country” means any of the following countries:

    1. (1) A World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) country (Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, or United Kingdom);

    2. (2) A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) country (Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Korea (Republic of), Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, or Singapore);

    3. (3) A least developed country (Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, or Zambia); or

    4. (4) A Caribbean Basin country (Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, or Trinidad and Tobago).

      “Designated country construction material” means a construction material that is a WTO GPA country construction material, an FTA country construction material, a least developed country construction material, or a Caribbean Basin country construction material.

      “Domestic construction material” means-

    1. (1) An unmanufactured construction material mined or produced in the United States;

    2. (2) A construction material manufactured in the United States, if-

      1. (i) The cost of its components mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States exceeds 50 percent of the cost of all its components. Components of foreign origin of the same class or kind for which nonavailability determinations have been made are treated as domestic; or

      2. (ii) The construction material is a COTS item.

        “Foreign construction material” means a construction material other than a domestic construction material.

        “Free Trade Agreement country construction material” means a construction material that-

    1. (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) country; or

    2. (2) In the case of a construction material that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a FTA country into a new and different construction material distinct from the materials from which it was transformed.

      “Least developed country construction material” means a construction material that-

    1. (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a least developed country; or

    2. (2) In the case of a construction material that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a least developed country into a new and different construction material distinct from the materials from which it was transformed.

      “United States” means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and outlying areas.

      “WTO GPA country construction material” means a construction material that-

    1. (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a WTO GPA country; or

    2. (2) In the case of a construction material that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a WTO GPA country into a new and different construction material distinct from the materials from which it was transformed.

  2. (b) Construction materials.

    1. (1) This clause implements 41 U.S.C.chapter 83, by providing a preference for domestic construction material. In accordance with 41 U.S.C.1907, the component test of the Buy American statute is waived for construction material that is a COTS item. (See FAR 12.505(a)(2)). In addition, the Contracting Officer has determined that the WTO GPA and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) apply to this acquisition. Therefore, the Buy American restrictions are waived for designated country construction materials.

    2. (2) The Contractor shall use only domestic or designated country construction material in performing this contract, except as provided in paragraphs(b)(3) and (b)(4) of this clause.

    3. (3) The requirement in paragraph (b)(2) of this clause does not apply to information technology that is a commercial item or to the construction materials or components listed by the Government as follows:

      [Contracting Officer to list applicable excepted materials or indicate “none”]

    4. (4) The Contracting Officer may add other foreign construction material to the list in paragraph(b)(3) of this clause if the Government determines that-

      1. (i) The cost of domestic construction material would be unreasonable. The cost of a particular domestic construction material subject to the restrictions of the Buy American statute is unreasonable when the cost of such material exceeds the cost of foreign material by more than 6percent;

      2. (ii) The application of the restriction of the Buy American Act to a particular construction material would be impracticable or inconsistent with the public interest; or

      3. (iii) The construction material is not mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality.

  3. (c) Request for determination of inapplicability of the Buy American statute.

    1. (1)

      1. (i) Any Contractor request to use foreign construction material in accordance with paragraph(b)(4) of this clause shall include adequate information for Government evaluation of the request, including-

        1. (A) A description of the foreign and domestic construction materials;

        2. (B) Unit of measure;

        3. (C) Quantity;

        4. (D) Price;

        5. (E) Time of delivery or availability;

        6. (F) Location of the construction project;

        7. (G) Name and address of the proposed supplier; and

        8. (H) A detailed justification of the reason for use of foreign construction materials cited in accordance with paragraph(b)(3) of this clause.

      1. (i) A request based on unreasonable cost shall include a reasonable survey of the market and a completed price comparison table in the format in paragraph(d) of this clause.

      2. (ii) The price of construction material shall include all delivery costs to the construction site and any applicable duty (whether or not a duty-free certificate may be issued).

      3. (iii) Any Contractor request for a determination submitted after contract award shall explain why the Contractor could not reasonably foresee the need for such determination and could not have requested the determination before contract award. If the Contractor does not submit a satisfactory explanation, the Contracting Officer need not make a determination.

    2. (2) If the Government determines after contract award that an exception to the Buy American statute applies and the Contracting Officer and the Contractor negotiate adequate consideration, the Contracting Officer will modify the contract to allow use of the foreign construction material. However, when the basis for the exception is the unreasonable price of a domestic construction material, adequate consideration is not less than the differential established in paragraph(b)(4)(i) of this clause.

    3. (3) Unless the Government determines that an exception to the Buy American statute applies, use of foreign construction material is noncompliant with the Buy American statute.

  4. (d) Data. To permit evaluation of requests under paragraph(c) of this clause based on unreasonable cost, the Contractor shall include the following information and any applicable supporting data based on the survey of suppliers:

    Foreign and Domestic Construction Materials Price Comparison

    Construction MaterialDescription

    Unit of Measure Quantity Price (Dollars)*
    Item1:

    Foreign construction material _______ _______ _______
    Domestic construction material _______ _______ _______
    Item2:

    Foreign construction material _______ _______ _______
    Domestic construction material _______ _______ _______

    [List name, address, telephone number, and contact for suppliers surveyed. Attach copy of response; if oral, attach summary.]

    [Include other applicable supporting information.]

    [* Include all delivery costs to the construction site and any applicable duty (whether or not a duty-free entry certificate is issued).]

(End of clause)


Alternate I (May2014). As prescribed in 25.1102(c)(3) definition of “Bahrainian, Mexican, or Omani construction material” to paragraph (a) of the basic clause, and substitute the following paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) for paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of the basic clause:, add the following definition of “Bahrainian, Mexican, or Omani construction material” to paragraph (a) of the basic clause, and substitute the following paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) for paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of the basic clause:

“Bahrainian, Mexican, or Omani construction material” means a construction material that-

(1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of Bahrain, Mexico, or Oman; or

(2) In the case of a construction material that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in Bahrain, Mexico, or Oman into a new and different construction material distinct from the materials from which it was transformed.

(b) Construction materials. (1) This clause implements 41 U.S.C. chapter 83, by providing a preference for domestic construction material. In accordance with 41 U.S.C. 1907, tthe component test of the Buy American statute is waived for construction material that is a COTS item. (See FAR 12.505(a)(2)). In addition, the Contracting Officer has determined that the WTO GPA and all the Free Trade Agreements except the Bahrain FTA, NAFTA, and the Oman FTA apply to the this acquisition. Therefore, the Buy American statute restrictions are waived for designated country construction materials other than Bahrainian, Mexican, or Omani construction materials.

(2) The Contractor shall use only domestic or designated country construction material other than Bahrainian, Mexican, or Omani construction material in performing this contract, except as provided in paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this clause.