IFB# 19-007P Mauritania Freight Tender

Agency: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
State: Federal
Type of Government: State & Local
Posted Date: Mar 27, 2020
Due Date: Apr 2, 2020
Solicitation No: 19-007P
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IFB# 19-007P Mauritania Tender

March 27, 2020

Freight Tender Amendment #1: CPI, FFE, Mauritania 03/27/20.

FREIGHT INVITATION NO.: 2000006823.

COMMODITY INVITATION NO: 2000006822.

BKA LOGISTICS LLC, AS AGENTS FOR AND ON BEHALF OF COUNTERPART INTERNATIONAL (CPI), HEREBY AMENDS THE MAURITANIA FREIGHT TENDER DATED MARCH 26, 2020 (INV.040; IFB NUMBER 19-007P) AS FOLLOWS:

NOTE 4: DISCHARGE/DELIVERY TERMS ARE CHANGED TO THE FOLLOWING:

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NOTE 4: DISCHARGE/DELIVERY TERMS:

DISCHARGE/DELIVERY TERMS 2(A)(i) – CONTAINERS ARE TO BE DISCHARGED AND MOVED TO A SHED DESIGNATED BY THE PORT OR THE CARRIER’S CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION (CFS), WHERE THE CARRIER IS RESPONSIBLE TO DEVAN THE CARGO AND TO DELIVER TO THE RECEIVERS, LOADED/STACKED ON RECEIVER’S CONVEYANCES.

THE CONSIGNEE/RECEIVER REQUIRES A FIFTEEN (15) CALENDAR DAY FREE TIME PERIOD FOR ALL CONTAINERIZED COMMODITIES ALLOWING FOR COMPLETION OF CUSTOMS FORMALITIES. THE 15 DAYS FREE TIME APPLIES FROM THE COMPLETION OF DISCHARGE OF ALL THE COMMODITIES FROM THE VESSEL AT NOUAKCHOTT. THE FREE TIME PERIOD APPLIES TO THE CARRIER’S CONTAINERS/EQUIPMENT AND THE CARRIER’S/PORT’S CONTAINER YARDS, TERMINALS, WAREHOUSES AND FREIGHT STATIONS. THE CARRIER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL HANDLING COSTS, STORAGE FEES, AND ALL OTHER PORT/TERMINAL/YARD/WAREHOUSE/CFS FEES APPLICABLE DURING THIS FREE TIME PERIOD. AFTER CUSTOMS RELEASE IS GRANTED, ANY COSTS INCURRED DUE TO THE CARRIER’S DELAY DEVANNING THE CARGO AND DELIVERING TO THE RECEIVERS, WILL BE SOLELY FOR THE CARRIER’S ACCOUNT.

THE CARRIER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CARGO SECURITY AND INTEGRITY WHILE IN THE CARRIER’S CARE AND CUSTODY. ALL NECESSARY SECURITY MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN TO INSURE SAFE ARRIVAL AND STORAGE AT NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA. ANY CARGOES FOUND TO BE INFESTED WHILE IN THE CARRIER’S CARE AND CUSTODY MUST BE FUMIGATED AT CARRIER’S TIME, RISK, AND EXPENSE. NO FREE TIME USED DURING THE RE-FUMIGATION PROCESS!

CARGO TO BE UNLOADED AND DELIVERED TO CONSIGNEE DURING NORMAL PORT WORKING HOURS. NO NIGHT OFFLOADING UNLESS AGREED UPON WITH THE CONSIGNEE.

CONTAINER DEPOSITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE.

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ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF FREIGHT TENDER REMAIN UNCHANGED.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS SPECIFIC TENDER CONTACT:

BKA LOGISTICS LLC WASHINGTON D.C. AT PHONE 202-331-7395,

TELEFAX 202-331-7735, E-MAIL:

MARK.MILLARD@BKALOGISTICS.NET

IFB# 19-007P Mauritania Tender

March 27, 2020

Freight Tender: Counterpart International, Food for Education, Mauritania 03/26/20.

FREIGHT INVITATION NO.: 2000006823.

COMMODITY INVITATION NO: 2000006822.

BKA LOGISTICS LLC, AS AGENTS FOR AND ON BEHALF OF COUNTERPART INTERNATIONAL (CPI), REQUESTS FIRM U.S. AND NON-U.S. FLAG LINER OFFERS FOR CARRIAGE OF THE FOLLOWING McGOVERN DOLE FOOD FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM CARGOES, UNDER INV-040:

IFB NUMBER: 19-007P.

SO# 5000588907.

REF NO: CPI-MAUR-040-1

CARGO: UP TO 490 NMT

COMMODITY: CORN-SOY BLEND PLUS – 25KG HP BAGS

LOADING: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “B” BELOW

DISPORT: NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (SEE NOTE 4)

AVA IL: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “C” BELOW

REF NO: CPI-MAUR-040-2

CARGO: UP TO 400 NMT

COMMODITY: FORTIFIED MILLED RICE – 50KG BAGS

LOADING: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “B” BELOW

DISPORT: NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (SEE NOTE 4)

AVA IL: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “C” BELOW

REF NO: CPI-MAUR-040-3

CARGO: UP TO 40 NMT

COMMODITY: YELLOW SPLIT PEAS – 50KG BAGS

LOADING: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “B” BELOW

DISPORT: NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (SEE NOTE 4)

AVA IL: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “C” BELOW

REF NO: CPI-MAUR-040-4

CARGO: UP TO 40 NMT

COMMODITY: LENTILS – 50KG BAGS

LOADING: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “B” BELOW

DISPORT: NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (SEE NOTE 4)

AVA IL: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “C” BELOW

REF NO: CPI-MAUR-040-5

CARGO: UP TO 130 NMT

COMMODITY: VEGETABLE OIL – 6/4L CAN

LOADING: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “B” BELOW

DISPORT: NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (SEE NOTE 4)

AVA IL: SEE SPECIAL NOTE “C” BELOW

TERMS: FULL BERTH TERMS, ALL INCLUSIVE. NO DEMURRAGE / NO

DESPATCH/ NO DETENTION ON VESSELS/CONTAINERS/TRAILERS BENDS.

SPECIAL NOTE “A”:

SUBMISSION OF FREIGHT OFFERS:

TO DETERMINE LOWEST LANDED COST, ALL CARRIERS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT OFFERS ELECTRONICALLY FOR THE CARGOES ADVERTISED BY THIS RFP VIA THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) WEB BASED SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (WBSCM) SYSTEM FOR THE SOLICITATION NUMBER(S) REFERENCED ABOVE. ALL OFFERS ARE SUBJECT TO ALL REQUIREMENTS OF WBSCM AND OF THE AFORE-MENTIONED SOLICITATION(S), INCLUDING THE DEADLINE(S) FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS THEREIN.

FREIGHT OFFERS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 1000 HRS CT (1100 HRS ET) ON APRIL 2, 2020.

THE WEB BASED SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE:

HTTP://WWW.USDA.GOV/WPS/PORTAL/USDA/USDAHOME?NAVID=WBSCM

CARRIERS MUST BE ASSIGNED A USDA EAUTHENTICATION LOGON ID AND PASSWORD TO ACCESS THE WBSCM SYSTEM. CONTACT THE WBSCM HELP DESK FOR INFORMATION REGARDING LOGON IDS, PASSWORDS, AND WBSCM SYSTEM QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS:

TELEPHONE: (877) 927-2648

E-MAIL: WBSCM.SERVICEDESK@CACI.COM

SPECIAL NOTE “B”:

CARRIERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO OFFER ON ANY/ALL “FAS POINTS” AND “BRIDGE POINTS” AS LISTED ON THE USDA DOCUMENTS “APPROVED PORTS/TERMINALS” AND FORM KC-362 AND ALL “INTERMODAL PLANT POINTS” AS LISTED ON FORM KC-362.

SPECIAL NOTE “C”:

AVAILABILITY/AT PORT DATE FOR COMMODITY DELIVERIES F.A.S. VESSEL FOR

THIS COMMODITY INVITATION IS 06/20/20. THE POTENTIAL SHIPPING PERIODS FOR BIDS AT THE PLANT OR BRIDGEPOINT LOCATIONS CAN BE FOUND IN THE COMMODITY SOLICITATION. THE AVAILABILITY/AT PORT AND SHIPPING PERIODS ARE THE CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENT OF THE SUPPLIER(S), SUCCESSFUL OCEAN CARRIER(S) ARE ENCOURAGED TO COORDINATE WITH SUPPLIER(S) TO ENSURE A SMOOTH LOADING AND/OR TRANSFER OPERATION.

SPECIAL NOTE "D":

IN AWARDING CARGO UNDER THIS FREIGHT INVITATION, USDA WILL CONSIDER FACTORS INCLUDING THE LOWEST LANDED COST, AND THE IMPACT OF ANY POTENTIAL AWARD ON THE AGENCY’S ABILITY TO SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF STATUTES AND REGULATIONS INCLUDING THE CARGO PREFERENCE ACT.

THERE HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE CARGO PREFERENCE LEGISLATION. OFFERORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THE FAS NOTICE ON THE SAME, AVAILABLE AT: HTTP://WWW.FAS.USDA.GOV/EXCREDITS/IFB/DEFAULT.HTM.

SPECIAL NOTE “E”:

THE CARRIER IS RESPONSIBLE TO COORDINATE WITH INTERTEK, THE LOADING OF THE CARGO, IN ORDER FOR THE “VESSEL LOADING OBSERVATION” (VLO) CERTIFICATE TO BE ISSUED.

SPECIAL NOTE “F”:

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE IS HEREBY STRICKEN FROM THE U.S. FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE PART II, SECTION 1.(C), INTERMODAL BRIDGE: “IF TRUCKS ARE TO BE USED TO TRANSPORT THE CARGO TO THE BRIDGE POINT, THEN THE FREIGHT TENDER MUST PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION.”

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

DISPUTE RESOLUTION – ARBITRATION.

LDA – YES, AT USD 1.00/MT/DAY OR PRO-RATA, PER B/N CLAUSE 15.

DDA – NO.

FUMIGATION – YES, ON ALL BAGGED COMMODITIES, IN ACCORDANCE WITH USDA REGULATIONS, AT CARRIER’S TIME/RISK/EXPENSE.

NOTE 1: CONTAINERIZATION REQUIRED. CONTAINERS TO BE LOADED BY CARRIER AT CARRIER’S TIME, RISK, AND EXPENSE. NO MINIMUM CONTAINER LOAD REQUIREMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

FULLY-ENCLOSED STANDARD MARINE CONTAINERS ARE REQUIRED AND CARGOES ARE TO BE CONTAINERIZED AT THE PORT/POINT OF ORIGIN AND REMAIN IN THE SAME SEALED CONTAINERS THROUGH THE FINAL CONTRACTED DELIVERY POINT.

NOTE 2: CARRIER MUST CERTIFY THAT EACH CONTAINER UTILIZED TO LOAD SC CARGO IS: (A) IN WIND AND WATER TIGHT CONDITION; (B) NOT MORE THAN TEN (10) YEARS OLD; AND, (C) NOT A SALVAGED CONTAINER OR MUSTERED OUT FROM REGULAR SERVICE. AS A CONDITION OF PAYMENT, CARRIER MUST PROVIDE BKA A FGIS SURVEY REPORT ATTESTING TO THE SATISFACTORY CONDITION OF CONTAINERS. SURVEY IS TO BE PERFORMED PRIOR TO LOADING CPI CARGOES.

NOTE 3: FREIGHT PAYMENT SHALL BE PROCESSED THROUGH THE WBSCM SYSTEM AND PAID BY USDA. 100% FREIGHT DUE UPON COMPLETION OF DELIVERY AT CY NOUAKCHOTT.

NOTE 4: DISCHARGE/DELIVERY TERMS:

U.S. FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE DISCHARGE/DELIVERY TERMS 2(A)(ii) – NOUAKCHOTT CY DELIVERY WITH 30 DAYS FREE TIME PER CONTAINER. CONSIGNEE/RECEIVER REQUIRES THIRTY (30) CALENDAR DAYS OF TOTAL FREE TIME PER CONTAINER, FREE OF DEMURRAGE, DETENTION, AND STORAGE.

THE CONSIGNEE/RECEIVER REQUIRES A THIRTY (30) CALENDAR DAY FREE TIME PERIOD FOR ALL CONTAINERIZED COMMODITIES ALLOWING FOR COMPLETION OF CUSTOMS FORMALITIES, RECEIPT OF FULL CONTAINERS, DE-STUFFING, AND RETURN OF EMPTY CONTAINERS. THE 30 DAYS FREE TIME PERIOD COMMENCES UPON ALL CONTAINERS DISCHARGED AND DELIVERED TO THE CONTAINER YARD (CY) AT NOUAKCHOTT. THE FREE TIME PERIOD APPLIES TO THE CARRIER’S EQUIPMENT AND THE CARRIER’S/PORT’S CONTAINER YARDS, TERMINALS, WAREHOUSES AND FREIGHT STATIONS. THE CARRIER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL HANDLING COSTS, STORAGE FEES, AND ALL OTHER PORT/TERMINAL/YARD FEES APPLICABLE DURING THIS FREE TIME PERIOD.

THE CARRIER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CARGO SECURITY AND INTEGRITY WHILE IN THE CARRIER’S CARE AND CUSTODY. ALL NECESSARY SECURITY MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN TO INSURE SAFE ARRIVAL AND STORAGE AT NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA. ANY CARGOES FOUND TO BE INFESTED WHILE IN THE CARRIER’S CARE AND CUSTODY MUST BE FUMIGATED AT CARRIER’S TIME, RISK, AND EXPENSE. NO FREE TIME USED DURING THE RE-FUMIGATION PROCESS!

NO TRANSLOADING FROM CONTAINERS DURING TRANSIT OR AT THE DISCHARGE PORT. COMMODITIES MUST REMAIN IN OCEAN CONTAINERS TO MINIMIZE HANDLING.

CONTAINER DEPOSITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE.

NOTE 5: CARRIERS MUST NOT COMINGLE OTHER SHIPPER’S COMMODITIES OR DIFFERENT COMMODITIES IN THE SAME CONTAINER.

NOTE 6: CERTAIN COMMODITIES COVERED BY THIS RFP MUST BE INSPECTED BY APHIS/PPQ OR OTHER SUCH AUTHORITIES PRIOR TO LOADING SO THAT A PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATE CAN BE ISSUED. SUCH INSPECTION MUST TAKE PLACE NOT MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE CARGO BEING LOADED ABOARD THE VESSEL AT THE PORT OF EXPORT. CARRIERS INTENDING TO LOAD THESE CARGOES INTO CONTAINERS, LASH BARGES, OR OTHERWISE UNITIZE CARGOES IN A WAY THAT WILL PROHIBIT OR RESTRICT INSPECTIONS WITHOUT SUSTAINING ADDITIONAL COSTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO BEAR ALL SUCH ADDITIONAL EXPENSES IF THIS IS DONE BEFORE INSPECTIONS ARE EFFECTED OR IF CARGOES ARE NOT LOADED ON-BOARD A VESSEL WITHIN THE THIRTY DAY PERIOD FOLLOWING INSPECTION.

NOTE 7: OFFERS MUST BE FOR NAMED VESSEL(S) AND INCLUDE REASONABLE AND ACCEPTABLE LOADING SCHEDULES AND TRANSIT TIMES IN ORDER TO BE

CONSIDERED RESPONSIVE. OFFERS FOR CARRIAGE VIA VESSELS NOT IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED LINER SERVICE MUST PROVIDE V ESSEL'S ITINERARY AND CURRENT POSITION. ADDITIONALLY, SUCH OFFERS SHOULD INCLUDE FULL PARTICULARS ON VESSEL OWNER'S COMPANY INCLUDING OFFICERS, ADDRESS AND BANK REFERENCE.

NOTE 8: TRANSATLANTIC BARGE CLAUSE:

TOWED BARGES WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE PROVIDED ALL CARGO IS CONTAINERIZED AND STOWED UNDER DECK. NO OTHER STOWAGE ARRANGEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED UNLESS THE CARRIER HAS RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FROM THE SHIPPER(S) AND USDA PROVIDING APPROVAL FOR A SPECIFIC VESSEL PRIOR TO THAT VESSEL PARTICIPATING IN ANY TRANSATLANTIC FOOD AID SHIPMENTS.

NOTE 9: ALL VESSEL SUBSTITUTION REQUESTS MUST BE REVIEWED BY USDA. THE PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE VESSEL SHOULD BE OF THE SAME TYPE AS THE ORIGINALLY AWARDED VESSEL. THIS APPLIES TO BOTH U.S. AND FOREIGN FLAG VESSEL SUBSTITUTIONS. THE PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE VESSEL MUST ALSO APPEAR ON THE APPLICABLE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION U.S. OR FOREIGN FLAG VESSEL LIST WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED USING THE FOLLOWING URL:

HTTP://WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV/SHIPS_SHIPPING_LANDING_PAGE/CARGO_PREFERENCE/CARGO_HUMANITARIAN_ASSISTANCE/CARGO_HUMAN_ASSISTANCE_REPORTS/HUMANITARIAN_FOOD_AID_REPORTS.HTM

-CONTAINER DEMURRAGE/DETENTION SHALL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CARRIER CONTAINER DEMURRAGE/DETENTION RATES, BUT SHALL NOT EXCEED USD 10.00 PER CONTAINER PER DAY, OR AS PER CARRIER TARIFF RATE, WHICHEVER IS LOWEST COST PER DAY/PER CONTAINER.

- OCEAN CARRIER SHALL RELEASE CLEAN ORIGINAL OCEAN BILLS OF LADING PROMPTLY UPON COMPLETION OF LOADING. CLAUSED BILLS OF LADING ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. BILLS OF LADING MUST NOT CONTAIN ANY CLAUSE SUCH AS "SAID TO CONTAIN", "SHIPPERS’ LOAD AND COUNT" OR WORDS OF SIMILAR EFFECT.

- COMMODITY, LOADPORT, AND INTERMODAL POINT ABBREVIATIONS AS PER USDA FORM KC-362. DELIVERY TERMS PER USDA NOTICE TO THE TRADE OF APRIL 5, 1995. FOR ANY COMMODITIES ALLOCATED BASIS INTERMODAL SUPPLIER’S PLANT, VESSEL OWNERS MUST COMPLY WITH SUPPLIER’S LOAD AND CAPACITY CAPABILITIES. IF THE VESSEL FAILS TO C0MPLY WITH SUPPLIER’S LOAD CAPABILITIES, ANY COSTS INCURRED BY CCC INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CARRYING CHARGES, LIQUIDATED DAMAGES, STORAGE, WILL BE FOR THE VESSEL’S ACCOUNT. IF CONTAINERS/RAILCARS/TRUCKS ARE PLACED AT THE SUPPLIER’S PLANT, CARRIER MUST ENSURE THAT CONTAINERS/RAILCARS/TRUCKS ARE PLACED AT THE PLANT BY THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE SUPPLIER’S SHIPPING PERIOD AND SUPPLY CONTAINERS/RAILCARS/TRUCKS ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS UNTIL THE SUPPLIER FULFILLS HIS CONTRACT QUANTITY. OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO OFFER ONLY FOR VENDORS WHO MATCH OWNERS’ CAPABILITIES. OWNERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REFER TO KC-362 FOR THE LIST OF PLANT LOCATIONS AND CAPABILITIES. IF SUPPLIER FAILS TO PROVIDE COMMODITY FOR LOADING DURING THE SPECIFIED SHIPPING PERIOD (OR BEYOND ALLOWABLE FREE TIME) DEMURRAGE, IF ANY, WILL BE FOR ACCOUNT OF SUPPLIER.

- CARRIERS SHALL INCLUDE ALL ACTUAL AND ANTICIPATED WAR RISK INSURANCE PREMIUMS IN THEIR OFFERED RATES. OWNER BEARS THE RISK OF ANY INCREASE IN WAR RISK INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

- AS APPLICABLE, THE ALL INCLUSIVE RATE SUBMITTED MUST BREAKOUT THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS: OCEAN FREIGHT, INLAND TRANSPORTATION (DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN), FUMIGATION, CONTAINER PROTOCOL (IF APPLICABLE), STRIPPING/STACKING CHARGES AT FINAL DESTINATION (IF APPLICABLE). CARRIERS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT ALL INCLUSIVE RATES AS OUTLINED ABOVE WILL BE CONSIDERED NON RESPONSIVE.

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- ONLY FIRM OFFERS RECEIVED PRIOR TO TENDER CLOSING TIME WILL BE ACCEPTED OR CONSIDERED.

- FIXTURES RESULTING FROM THIS TENDER ARE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY CPI AND USDA.

- OFFERS MUST BE IDENTIFIED BY TENDER/IFB NUMBER AND ANY FUTURE COMMUNICATION SHOULD ALSO IDENTIFY SAME BY TENDER OR CONTRACT NUMBER.

- OFFERS FROM NVOCC'S WILL BE CONSIDERED AS NON-RESPONSIVE.

- OFFERS MUST INCLUDE: VESSEL NAME / TYPE / FLAG / YEAR BUILT. ETA AT LOAD, DISPORT, AND FINAL DESTINATION. FULL STYLE OF CARRIER OFFERING, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE, TELEX, AND/OR TELEFAX NUMBERS, AS WELL AS THE NAMES AND TITLES OF THE CORPORATE OFFICERS WITH DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OFFER AND APPLICABLE CORPORATE DUNS NUMBER. WHETHER SERVICE IS DIRECT OR TRANSSHIPPED, CONTAINER OR BREAKBULK. WHETHER SERVICE OFFERED IS LINER OR CHARTER. STATEMENT THAT CARRIER IS A VOCC. OCEAN FREIGHT RATE TO BE IN U.S. DOLLARS AND MUST BE ALL INCLUSIVE REPEAT ALL INCLUSIVE.

- CPI & USDA RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT WITHOUT DISCUSSION, REJECT, OR NEGOTIATE PROPOSALS, INCLUDING AWARDING INDIVIDUAL LOTS WHENEVER IFB CONTAINS MORE THAN ONE LOT OF CARGO.

- EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT AS PROVIDED ABOVE, ALL AWARDS UNDER THIS RFP WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE U.S. FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE DATED NOVEMBER 1, 2004 WHICH IS FULLY INCORPORATED HEREIN.

- THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO) AMENDED THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA CONVENTION (SOLAS) TO REQUIRE, AS A CONDITION FOR LOADING A PACKED CONTAINER ONTO A SHIP FOR EXPORT, THAT THE CONTAINER HAS A VERIFIED GROSS WEIGHT, CALLED THE VERIFIED GROSS MASS (VGM). THIS GLOBAL REQUIREMENT IS EFFECTIVE ON JULY 1, 2016. AFTER THIS DATE, IT WILL BE A VIOLATION OF SOLAS TO LOAD A PACKED CONTAINER ONTO A VESSEL IF THE VESSEL OPERATOR AND MARINE TERMINAL OPERATOR DO NOT HAVE A VGM FOR EACH CONTAINER. OCEAN CARRIERS OFFERING CONTAINER SERVICE, WHETHER CONTAINERIZED FOR CARRIER CONVENIENCE OR CONTAINERIZING TO FULFILL TENDER REQUIREMENTS, ARE RESPONSIBLE TO ENGAGE IN A WEIGHING SERVICE, AT THE CARRIER’S TIME/RISK/EXPENSE, TO DETERMINE THE VGM. IT IS THE OCEAN CARRIER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENTER THE VGM INTO THEIR SYSTEM AND PROVIDE THE VGM TO THE MARINE TERMINAL OPERATOR, WITHIN ALL VGM DEADLINES. ANY COSTS INCURRED DUE TO LATE OR INACCURATE VGM SUBMISSION, ARE FOR THE OCEAN CARRIER’S ACCOUNT.

- COMMISSION: 1.67% ON GROSS FREIGHT / DEAD-FREIGHT IS PAYABLE TO CHARTERER'S AGENT / FREIGHT FORWARDER, BKA LOGISTICS LLC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS SPECIFIC TENDER CONTACT:

BKA LOGISTICS LLC WASHINGTON D.C. AT PHONE 202-331-7395,

TELEFAX 202-331-7735, E-MAIL: MARK.MILLARD@BKALOGISTICS.NET OR

MANISHA@BKALOGISTICS.NET

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