The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced plans to purchase fresh grapefruit for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. The purpose is to encourage the continued domestic consumption of these products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce.
USDA said ample availability of fresh grapefruit is projected to increase due to slower movement in the domestic and export markets.
Solicitations will be available electronically through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system. All future information regarding this acquisition, including solicitation amendments and award notices, will be published through the WBSCM and available on the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) website.
Interested parties shall be responsible for ensuring that they have the most up-to-date information about this acquisition. The contract type is anticipated to be firm-fixed price. Deliveries are expected to be to various locations in the United States.
Commodities and the products of agricultural commodities acquired under this contract must be products of the United States. They shall be considered to be such a product if grown, processed and otherwise prepared for sale or distribution exclusively in the United States. Packaging and container components under this acquisition will be the only portion subject to the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and Free Trade Agreements.
Offerors are urged to review all documents as they pertain to this program, found on the AMS Commodity Procurement website.
To be eligible to submit offers, potential contractors must meet the AMS vendor qualification requirements. The AMS point of contact for new vendors can be reached by calling 202-720-4237 or by emailing NewVendor@usda.gov. Details of these requirements are available online here.
Once qualification requirements have been met, access to the WBSCM will be provided. Bids, modifications, withdrawals of bids and price adjustments shall be submitted using this system.
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