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Colombia - Nationwide Non-Intrusive Cargo Inspection Systems

Solicitation Number: 2012-51015A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Jun 22, 2012 3:32 pm
POC: Anthony O'Tapi
Project Information Specialist
Contract Support for USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009
***Please do not contact contracts office***

Proposal Submission Place:
Camilo Contreras Bravo
Coordinador de Contratos
Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales de Colombia - DIAN
Nivel Central, Carrera 7 Nº 6C - 54, Piso 10, Edificio Sendas
Bogotá, Colombia, Phone: +57 1 607 9999, Ext. 10776.

The Grantee (Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales de Colombia - DIAN) invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop Technical Assistance ("TA") that will facilitate the acquisition and implementation of non-intrusive inspection (NII) systems for cargo by the Colombian government.

The TA will perform a needs assessment and develop technical specifications for NII systems, an associated risk management platform and a centralized command and control ("C2") center to facilitate the detection of contraband, counterfeit goods, the unauthorized trafficking of foreign currencies, revenue leakage, illegal drugs and weapons at all of the country's international airports as well as its principal seaports and border crossings. The TA will not, however, address underbelly passenger cargo.

The TA will define the technical, operating, and economic aspects required for the installation, operation and maintenance of non-intrusive inspection systems and an associated risk management platform; prepare technical specifications for such equipment; and make recommendations concerning the integration of the pertinent entities involved in the process of operating and maintaining the systems and a centralized C2 center.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US$637,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). In addition to the USTDA funding provided under the Grant Agreement, the Grantee shall provide a cash contribution of US$685,908 ("Grantee Cost Share") on a pro rata basis in proportion to the funding being provided by USTDA to partially fund the costs of goods and services required for the completion of the Terms of Reference (USTDA US$637,000: Grantee US$685,908). Offerors are advised to carefully review §2.7 Taxes of the Request for Proposals.

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background desk study report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP. The Grantee's cash contributions are not subject to USTDA's nationality provisions.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English and Spanish directly to the Grantee by 5 PM on August 8, 2012 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357