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What’s up guys?!?!?!?! Michael with Michael Talks Metal back for episode 128. In our last video we had an Inconel 625 test report and we noted that it was certified as meeting the origin requirements for defense applications.  Today we will be going to explain a bit about the origin restrictions that may be imposed on “Specialty Metals” like Inconel 625.

The regulations in question come from the Defense Federal Acquisition Requirements Supplement or DFARS for short. We do love our acronyms.

Makes you wonder if there is an actual department to approve them

Feel free to dive into the details, these DFARS documents are available on the web at acquisition.gov – check the link in the description

The most common that we encounter are:

252.225- 7008  Restriction on the Acquisition of Specialty Metals

It defines the specialty metals as some of the carbon steels along with most of the alloy steels, nickel alloys,cobalt alloys, titanium alloys, and zirconium  alloys. POINT

This section requires the material to be melted or produced in the USA

252.225.7008 DFARS - Video 128

252.225.7008 DFARS – Video 128

252.225-7009 Restriction on Acquisition of Certain Articles Containing Specialty Metals

252.225.7009 DFARS - Video 128 copy

252.225.7009 DFARS – Video 128 copy

First thing to note is that this applies to things made from a specialty metal.

In this clause the specialty metals definition is the same, but certain articles are exempted from the requirement.   Too many to list here. See the image above under “Specialty metal” means –

The requirement for “melted or produced in USA” also allows the specialty metal to be melted or produced in a qualifying country.

So where do we find out which countries are “Qualifying Countries”?

DFARS 225.003  provides the answer. Here’s a link to the larger image list of approved DFARS countries.

Long list of countries with which we have reciprocal agreements

Here’s the list in text form taken from this url:

“Qualifying country” means a country with a reciprocal defense procurement memorandum of understanding or international agreement with the United States in which both countries agree to remove barriers to purchases of supplies produced in the other country or services performed by sources of the other country, and the memorandum or agreement complies, where applicable, with the requirements of section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776) and with 10 U.S.C. 2457. Accordingly, the following are qualifying countries:





Czech Republic























United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“Qualifying country component” means a component mined, produced, or manufactured in a qualifying country. Here’s a link to Michlin’s DFARS Approved Countries 2023.

Well, it looks like we are just about out of time for today. The requirements we reviewed today have changed and will change over time so never forget to CHECK THE SPECS!!!!!!

Thanks for watching, this is Michael with Michael Talks Metal – got any more questions on DFARS? Check out the webiste at  www.michlinmetals.com – Missed last weeks video, click here. Still here and haven’t subscribed? Click here. Thanks for watching, see you next Thursday, same time 10am, same place, right here. I’m out!!!