121NTP-20-RFI-VO – Sources Sought – Vegetable Oil in flexible tanks or bladders in 20’ ocean containers

Aug 28, 2020 | Sources Sought

This is a Request for Information and Sources Sought for a potential addition for USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, International Procurement Division, to seek information from our qualified bidders and qualified potential sources who might be able to meet our future needs. The Government is requesting information regarding vendors capable of loading the refined, fortified vegetable oil USDA currently purchased in plastics and tins, into flexible tanks or bladders in 20’ ocean containers.

This RFI is issued for information and planning purposes only. All information received in response to this RFI marked “Proprietary” will be protected and handled accordingly. Interested parties are responsible for adequately marking proprietary or competition sensitive information contained in their response.

Responses to the RFI will not be returned. Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI. USDA will not pay for information received in response to this RFI. Respondents will not be notified of the result of the review. There is no commitment by the Government to issue an IFB, make an award or awards, or to be responsible for any monies expended by industry responses to this RFI.

As part of its market research, USDA, AMS, ICPD is issuing this RFI to determine if there exist an adequate number of qualified sources capable of providing flexible tanks or bladders in 20’ ocean containers. The response to the RFI must be submitted electronically with a capability statement. Only responses via e-mail will be accepted. Questions and responses should be emailed to michelle.howard@usda.gov with “RFI Response – Company Name” in the subject line.  Failure to properly identify the email in the subject line may result in the email being overlooked or filtered out.  Responses should be received no later than Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12pm CST to ensure that it is included in the information gathering results.

To assist with your capability statement, USDA’s Commodity Requirement Document, which currently does not include flexible tanks or bladders is located at:

https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/vo15.pdf

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