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Pakistan - Karachi-Lahore Railway Access and Locomotive Acquisition Technical Assistance

Solicitation Number: 2012-31012A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: May 25, 2012 4:32 pm

POC: Anthony O'Tapi, 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:
Jawaid A. Siddiqui
Head of Strategy and Business Development
Premier Mercantile Services (Pvt.) Ltd.
2nd Floor, Business Plaza
Mumtaz Hasan Road
Karachi - 74000
Phone: 0092 21 32400450-3, Ext 820
Fax: 92 21 2414492 2400281

The Grantee 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 provide technical assistance in the development of the infrastructure, operational, and business requirements of acquiring and operating a fleet of locomotives on the existing Karachi-Lahore Railway. The Contractor will develop recommendations on anticipated freight volumes, fleet sizing, and financing requirements, as well as tender documents for the procurement of locomotives for Premier Mercantile Services (Pvt.) Ltd. (PMS) (Grantee).

PMS is a developer and operator of port and intermodal transportation facilities, and has concessions to operate, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, a container terminal at the Port of Karachi, a bulk goods terminal at the neighboring Port of Qasim, and an inland container depot near Lahore. The inland container terminal is an important distribution point for northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. The facilities are connected by rail, owned by Pakistan Railways (PR), the Pakistani government's state-owned railway company. However, PR is unable to handle the required volume of freight due to a shortage of properly maintained vehicles. To address the problem, PMS has reached an agreement with PR which will allow PMS to operate its own fleet of freight trains on PR-owned track, thereby augmenting the capacity of one of Pakistan's most important trade corridors.

The Contractor will provide technical assistance to the Grantee in the assessment of future freight volumes and transportation requirements to inform the Grantee's decisions regarding the procurement of a fleet of locomotives. This technical assistance will involve the development of bidding documents for the Grantee's use during the procurement process. The Contractor will also provide recommendations on security, and will prepare an operational and business plan for the implementation and efficient operation of the Project, including an assessment of PR's current communications and signaling infrastructure and procedures.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $628,000 grant to PMS 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 5:00 pm on July 13, 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 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
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357