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Mexico: Specialty Freight Railcars Technical Assistance

Solicitation Number: 2014-51024A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: Jun 16, 2014 3:54 pm
Dr. Iker de Luisa Plazas
Director General
Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles, A.C.
Alfonso Esparza Oteo 144, Oficina 702
Col. Guadalupe Inn, Deleg. Alvaro Obregón
México, D.F. C.P. 01020
Phone: + (52-55) 5661-0325

B - Mexico: Specialty Freight Railcars Technical Assistance

POC: Jennifer Van Renterghem, USTDA, 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901, Tel: (703) 875-4357, Fax: (703) 875-4009. Mexico: Specialty Freight Railcars Technical Assistance.

The Grantee (the Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles, A.C.) 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 a Technical Assistance for the Specialty Freight Railcars Project in Mexico.

The objective of the Technical Assistance is to identify freight railroad demand opportunities that would improve the availability of specialized freight railcars and related facilities and equipment in Mexico. The Technical Assistance will allow the Grantee to examine institutional and operational improvements that could optimize Mexico's fleet of freight railcars, as well as to identify specific investments in specialty freight railcars, rail systems, rail services, and rail terminal facilities to meet the projected growth in freight rail transportation.

The Technical Assistance will examine the Mexican market for specialty freight railcars at two levels. First, it will identify any systemic issues on a national level that could be addressed to improve the availability and timeliness of railcars to meet customer needs. Second, it will examine railcar supply and traffic demand associated with four specific railcar types: covered hopper cars (for bulk agricultural products); uncovered hopper cars (for aggregate products); tank cars (for liquid petroleum products); and boxcars (both high-cube and refrigerated boxcars for fresh and frozen agricultural products).

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $559,041 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency ("USTDA").

A detailed Request for Proposals ("RFP"), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background Definitional Mission 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.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM (local time in Mexico City, Mexico) on July 24, 2014 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 also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. 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
Jennifer Van Renterghem,
USTDA - 1000 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1600 Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-875-4357
Fax: 703-875-4009