NEW YORK A
valve product assembled in the United States using some Indian
parts qualifies as a U.S. product and can be bought by the
government under Buy America laws, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection has ruled.
Omni Valve Co. LLC
requested the ruling on its OmniSeal DBB valve, a plug-type
valve used in fuel storage and disbursing systems. The
Muskogee, Okla.-based company purchases the valve body from
India and adds an automatic differential thermal relief system
at its Oklahoma facility.
"substantially transformed the foreign body valve into a
product of the United States for purposes of U.S. government
procurement," Sandra L. Bell, executive director, regulations
and rulings, at the Office of International Trade, wrote in a
June 27 Federal Register notice. "The number of parts
assembled, including significant numbers of U.S.-origin parts,
and the relative complexity of the operations carried out,
indicate that the imported components have undergone a
substantial transformation by reason of the operations carried
out in the United States."
The valves are to be
offered to the U.S. government "under an undesignated
government procurement contract," Bell said.
Omni Valve declined to
discuss the ruling, and its lawyers could not be reached for