IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

firm-specific

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Public procurement localisation

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, 2011 would prohibit, subject to certain exemptions, the Smithsonian Institution (the principal museum facility of the Federal government) from either using non-U.S. materials in construction projects or selling any items in its gift shops that are not made in the United States.
Whether or not the "Buy American at the Smithsonian Act of 2011" (H.R.983) is enacted into law, it has already pressured the administrators of one Smithsonian gift shop to discontinue purchase of goods not made in the United States. According to an article published in the Washington Post, the introduction of this bill, coupled with the threatened loss of Federal funding for the Smithsonian, led officials there to adopt a Buy-American policy similar to one already in place at other facilities such as the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center and the concessionaires of the National Park Service.
In a press release issued on the same day that H.R.983 was introduced, the Smithsonian announced that the "museum store at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will offer only merchandise made in the United States beginning in early July." The release further stated that --
The Smithsonian's retail operation is managed by Smithsonian Enterprises, which has a long-standing policy of buying American-made products whenever possible. Smithsonian buyers only attend American trade shows and contract primarily with U.S.-based companies. These companies often manufacture their products both domestically and internationally.
While the Smithsonian makes an effort to buy American products whenever possible, some of the items most popular with our visitors are exclusively manufactured overseas. Smithsonian Enterprises will seek more American suppliers for all Smithsonian stores, especially those with significant American themes such as at the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
 

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282 Wearing apparel, except fur apparel
3926 Other articles of plastics and articles of other materials of headings 39.01 to 39.14.
392620 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories (including gloves, mittens and mitts)
6109 Tshirts, singlets and other vests, knitted or crocheted.
610910 Of cotton
610990 Of other textile materials
6110 Jerseys, pullovers, cardigans, waistcoats and similar articles, knitted or crocheted.
611011 Of wool
611012 Of Kashmir (cashmere) goats
611019 Other
611020 Of cotton
611030 Of manmade fibres
611090 Of other textile materials
6111 Babies' garments and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted.
611120 Of cotton
611130 Of synthetic fibres
611190 Of other textile materials
6505 Hats and other headgear, knitted or crocheted, or made up from lace, felt or other textile fabric, in the piece (but not in strips), whether or not lined or trimmed; hairnets of any material, whether or not lined or trimmed.
650500 Hats and other headgear, knitted or crocheted, or made up from lace, felt or other textile fabric, in the piece (but not in strips), whether or not lined or trimmed; hairnets of any material, whether or not lined or trimmed.
322 Books, in print
4901 Printed books, brochures, leaflets and similar printed matter, whether or not in single sheets.
490110 In single sheets, whether or not folded
490191 Dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and serial instalments thereof
490199 Other
323 Newspapers & periodicals, daily, in print
4902 Newspapers, journals and periodicals, whether or not illustrated or containing advertising material.
490210 Appearing at least four times a week
324 Newspapers & periodicals, other than daily, in print
4902 Newspapers, journals and periodicals, whether or not illustrated or containing advertising material.
490290 Other
341 Basic organic chemicals
3823 Industrial monocarboxylic fatty acids; acid oils from refining; industrial fatty alcohols.
382311 Stearic acid
382312 Oleic acid
382319 Other
382370 Industrial fatty alcohols
369 Other plastics products
3926 Other articles of plastics and articles of other materials of headings 39.01 to 39.14.
392610 Office or school supplies
392630 Fittings for furniture, coachwork or the like
392640 Statuettes and other ornamental articles
392690 Other
373 Refractory products & structural non-refractory clay products
3816 Refractory cements, mortars, concretes and similar compositions, other than products of heading 38.01.
381600 Refractory cements, mortars, concretes and similar compositions, other than products of heading 38.01.
412 Products of iron or steel
7213 Bars and rods, hotrolled, in irregularly wound coils, of iron or nonalloy steel.
721310 Containing indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process
721320 Other, of freecutting steel
721391 Of circular crosssection measuring less than 14 mm in diameter
721399 Other
7214 Other bars and rods of iron or nonalloy steel, not further worked than forged, hotrolled, hotdrawn or hotextruded, but including those twisted after rolling.
721410 Forged
721420 Containing indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process or twisted after rolling
721430 Other, of freecutting steel
721491 Of rectangular (other than square) crosssection
721499 Other

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