This Week in Imaging: TAA Compliance; ECi Acquires; New Toshiba, Epson, Hardware
Among the news this week was Brother International’s announcement of a TAA-compliant printer and MFP. For those not familiar with the TAA, we thought a little background might be helpful.
TAA refers to the U.S. Trade Agreements Act (TAA), which was created by the United States government to foster fair international trade with designated countries. TAA-compliant products must be manufactured or “substantially transformed” in the United States or a TAA “designated country.” These countries include those that are part of: the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and Free Trade Agreement, as well as countries categorized as Least Developed Countries and Caribbean Basin Countries.
Notably not considered TAA-compliant are India, Russia, China, Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
Brother isn’t the only vendor with TAA-compliant devices, as both Xerox and HP Inc. market TAA-compliant printers and copiers.
What’s the advantage of being TAA compliant? Many U.S. government agencies are required to only purchase TAA-compliant products, including printers and copiers. Companies that violate these rules can have their GSA contract cancelled and/or may face fines up to $1 million.
The U.S. government’s budget is currently about $3.8 billion, and although it has been encouraging its agencies to go paperless, its employees – which number almost 3 million (excluding the military) – still print and copy, so being TAA-compliant can open up a substantial market for OEMs.
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