Why TAA Compliance Matters for Fiber Optic Products

When selecting a fiber optics manufacturer, you should begin by critiquing their manufacturing standards and where they source their parts. This initial step can save money and headaches in the future by optimizing your fiber optic network. Luckily, Megladon Manufacturing offers a variety of fiber optic products that are assembled in the United States with domestically sourced parts.


We are located in Austin, Texas, where we continue to manufacture high-quality fiber optic products that enhance fiber optic networks worldwide. Our product portfolio meets the strict GR-326-CORE standards developed by industry leaders to promote universal fiber optic manufacturing practices.

However, we are not content to rest on our laurels. Megladon Manufacturing takes its persistent pursuit of higher quality to farther heights by complying with the Federal Trade Agreement Act (TAA). This means we supply fiber optic products for the U.S. government by sourcing our parts from the United States or another approved country.

What is TAA?

The United States and other countries negotiated the Trade Agreements Act in 1979. One of the key features of the Act is that it limited the U.S. Government acquisition to U.S.-made products or products manufactured in designated countries. These products become known as “TAA compliant.”

A product is TAA Compliant if:

  • At least 50% of its total manufacture cost originates from the United States or partner counties.
  • S. manufacturers ensure that the product has undergone “substantial transformation” in the United States or partner countries.

Examples of TAA compliant countries outside the United Sates include Japan, Germany, Australia, or South Korea. Correspondingly, non-TAA compliant countries are China, Russia, and North Korea.

What does Substantial Transformation Mean?

This term means that a product underwent fundamental changes (processing, assembly, manufacturing) that adds value and results in a distinctively new product. Also, a “substantially transformed” product is considered as originating from the countries where the transformation took place.

For example, sugar from country A, flour from country B, milk from country C, and chocolate from country D are manufactured in country E to make cookies. Country E substantially transformed the products from the other countries which resulted in a new type of product.

On the other hand, if you take concentrated orange juice from country A and dilute it with water in country B, the product is not substantially transformed under TAA guidelines. No fundamental changes took place which resulted in a principally new product like in the first example.

Why Choose Megladon for TAA-Compliant Fiber Optic Cables?

Getting TAA compliant fiber optic products ensures that your products meet the highest standards set by the U.S. government. For over 20 years, Megladon Manufacturing has been building high-quality fiber optics right here in Austin, Texas.

Our products and services have helped to support government, industrial, utility, and commercial projects all over the world. Check out our website to find which products work best with your fiber connectivity needs. If you would like to speak to one of our specialists about your networking needs, contact us at (512) 491-0006 or click here to reach out to our team through our website.

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About Megladon

A global industry leader in fiber optics and your premier partner for fiber optic connectivity, Megladon has spent over a decade developing fiber optic technology and perfecting the HLC interconnect. Our patented technology and process results in a reference grade interconnect that is reliable, rugged, repeatable and provides maximum performance. With millions of our products deployed worldwide, our fiber optic technology has been proven time and again to solve many of the problems encountered in network deployment and maintenance. We have also been able to use HLC as the foundation piece to develop unique and passive fiber optic solutions for our customers.