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Nearly all food and agricultural products fall within the definition of a COTS item. Federal contracts for COTS items are exempt from the E-Verify federal contractor rule. Federal contracts for food and agricultural products shipped as bulk cargo, but that otherwise would be considered COTS items, such as grains, oils and produce, are also exempt. Subcontracts that only provide supplies, such as food, are also exempt.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 
01/02/2014