ALERT! Buy America Program Waivers Proposed by the Federal Highway Administration

On Tuesday, October 18, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice that it is proposing two nationwide waivers from the Buy America Program. The first is a permanent waiver for Commercially Available Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products with steel or iron components. The second is a one-year waiver for steel tie wire permanently incorporated in precast concrete products. In addition to these two proposed waivers, FHWA is considering whether to issue a nationwide waiver for specialized lifting devices incorporated in precast concrete products and is asking for public comment.

FHWA is asking for public comment on the two proposed nationwide waivers and also on whether it should propose a waiver for specialized lifting devices incorporated in precast concrete products by December 2, 2016.. Instructions for commenting are at the link above.

We urge you to carefully review the notice and provide comment to FHWA on those matters that relate to your business. FHWA needs to hear from you if you have something to say regarding these proposals.

Also, if you would like to share with us comments you send to FHWA, we will be posting on this website thoughtful comments that support Buy America Steel Product Association's position of maintaining a robust Buy America program. Send any comments you would like us to post to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

View official FHWA notice proposing waivers to Buy America Program

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