IFB #:
20-050P
Tender Date:
Award Date:
Award Flag:
---
PVO:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Agent:
Lifelink
Invitation #:
024
Program:
McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program

20-050P Mali Award

February 28, 2024

LIFELINK LOGISTICS issues award notice for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

IFB NO. 20-050P (Inv.024)
WBSCM Freight Solicitation Number 2000009840
WBSCM Commodity Solicitation Number 2000009839
Dated February 28, 2024
Issued by LIFELINK LOGISTICS, Middleburg Hts, Ohio
On behalf of Catholic Relief Services
For carriage of Food for Education commodities as follows:

CARGO UNDER SALES ORDER NO. 5000891145:

AA:  CRS-ML-01 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  670 NMT RICE, 5/20 LG, W-MLD, FORT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
 SPLIT - 140 NMT RICE, 5/20 LG, W-MLD, FORT BAG-50 KG
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  03/31/24
CARRIER:  MAERSK LINE LIMITED
LOADPORT:  RBEA
VESSEL/FLAG:  MAERSK DENVER / PROMOTED P2
FREIGHT: OCEAN $200.00 + DOM INL $85.00 + FUM $21.00 + FOR INLAND $315.00
TOTAL: $621.00/GMT
 SPLIT - 530 NMT RICE, 5/20 LG, W-MLD, FORT BAG-50 KG
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  03/31/24
CARRIER:  AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES, LLC
LOADPORT:  RBEA
VESSEL/FLAG:  CMA CGM MALTA / P3
FREIGHT: OCEAN $250.00 + DOM INL $30.00 + FUM $25.00 + FOR INLAND $225.00
TOTAL: $530.00/GMT

BB:  CRS-ML-02 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  90 NMT PEAS, GREEN, SPLIT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/13/24
CARRIER:  MAERSK LINE LIMITED
LOADPORT:  RLSI
VESSEL/FLAG:  MAERSK HARTFORD / PROMOTED P2
FREIGHT: OCEAN $200.00 + DOM INL $50.00 + FUM $21.00 + FOR INLAND $315.00
TOTAL: $586.00/GMT

CC:  CRS-ML-03 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  50 NMT LENTILS BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24
CARRIER:  MAERSK LINE LIMITED
LOADPORT:  LSI
VESSEL/FLAG:  MAERSK PITTSBURGH / PROMOTED P2
FREIGHT: OCEAN $200.00 + DOM INL $50.00 + FUM $21.00 + FOR INLAND $315.00
TOTAL: $586.00/GMT

DD:  CRS-ML-04 SEE NOTE 1    
CARGO: 100 NMT OIL, VEGETABLE CAN-6/4 L
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  NOT APPLICABLE
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY: 03/31/24
CARRIER:  MAERSK LINE LIMITED
LOADPORT:  RHOU
VESSEL/FLAG:  MAERSK DENVER / PROMOTED P2
FREIGHT: OCEAN $205.00 + DOM INL $50.00 + FOR INLAND $315.00
TOTAL: $570.00/GMT

EE:  CRS-ML-05 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  270 NMT RICE, 5/20 LG, W-MLD, FORT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  03/31/24
CARRIER:  AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES, LLC
LOADPORT:  RBEA
VESSEL/FLAG:  CMA CGM MALTA / P3
FREIGHT: OCEAN $228.00 + DOM INL $30.00 + FUM $25.00 + FOR INLAND $225.00
TOTAL: $508.00/GMT

FF:  CRS-ML-06 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  40 NMT PEAS, GREEN, SPLIT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/13/24
CARRIER:  MAERSK LINE LIMITED
LOADPORT:  RLSI
VESSEL/FLAG:  MAERSK HARTFORD / PROMOTED P2
FREIGHT: OCEAN $200.00 + DOM INL $50.00 + FUM $21.00 + FOR INLAND $315.00
TOTAL: $586.00/GMT

GG:  CRS-ML-07 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  10 NMT LENTILS BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24
CARRIER:  MAERSK LINE LIMITED
LOADPORT:  LSI
VESSEL/FLAG:  MAERSK PITTSBURGH / PROMOTED P2
FREIGHT: OCEAN $335.00 + DOM INL $50.00 + FUM $21.00 + FOR INLAND $570.00
TOTAL: $976.00/GMT

HH:  CRS-ML-08 SEE NOTE 1    
CARGO:    30 NMT OIL, VEGETABLE CAN-6/4 L
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  NOT APPLICABLE
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  03/31/24
CARRIER:  MAERSK LINE LIMITED
LOADPORT:  RHOU
VESSEL/FLAG:  MAERSK DENVER / PROMOTED P2
FREIGHT: OCEAN $205.00 + DOM INL $50.00 + FOR INLAND $315.00
TOTAL: $570.00/GMT

 

20-050P Mali Tender

January 31, 2024

 

LIFELINK LOGISTICS issues freight tender amendment 1 for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Dated January 31, 2024

LifeLink Logistics, Middleburg Hts, OH hereby amends the CRS Mali Freight
Tender IFB 20-050P (Inv. 024) issued January 25, 2024 for CRS under Food for 
Education Program.

Freight offers are due no later than --- 10:00 am Central Time (11:00 am Eastern 
Time), 02 February 2024 ---.

All other terms and conditions of the original freight tender are unchanged.
 

 

 

20-050P Mali Tender

January 26, 2024

 

LIFELINK LOGISTICS issues freight tender for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

IFB NO. 20-050P (Inv.024)
WBSCM Freight Solicitation Number 2000009840
WBSCM Commodity Solicitation Number 2000009839
Dated January 25, 2024
Issued by LIFELINK LOGISTICS, Middleburg Hts, Ohio
On behalf of Catholic Relief Services
For carriage of Food for Education commodities as follows:

Only firm and non-contingent Offers will be accepted from all U.S. and foreign flag 
carriers. Offers with subjects may be rejected.  All proposals will be evaluated on
the rates submitted in WBSCM. Free form remarks are not evaluated and are for 
informational purposes only and to cover optional ports, optional discharge rates, etc.

When submitting a freight proposal in WBSCM, the Carrier confirms their proposal
is firm and in agreement with the terms and conditions of the freight 
solicitation(s).  In the event a Carrier submits a freight proposal and withdraws
the proposal after USDA receives and awards the commodity offers, the Carrier 
shall be responsible for all expenses resulting from the withdrawal including,
but not limited to, re-procurement costs and additional freight costs.

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.

As applicable in cases when a fair and reasonable guideline rate determination will 
be made by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and in accordance with Title 46 Part
382.2(a) of the Code of Federal Regulations, failure of a vessel operator to submit
the required cost data will result in MARAD being unable to construct the guideline 
rate for the affected vessel, which may result in such vessel not being approved by 
the sponsoring Federal agency.

Freight offers are due no later than --- 10:00 am Central Time (11:00 am Eastern 
Time), 1 February 2024 ---.

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

CARGO UNDER SALES ORDER NO. 5000891145:

AA:  CRS-ML-01 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  670 NMT RICE, 5/20 LG, W-MLD, FORT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24

BB:  CRS-ML-02 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  90 NMT PEAS, GREEN, SPLIT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24

CC:  CRS-ML-03 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  50 NMT LENTILS BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24

DD:  CRS-ML-04 SEE NOTE 1    
CARGO: 100 NMT OIL, VEGETABLE CAN-6/4 L
DISPORT:      SAN THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  NOT APPLICABLE
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY: 04/20/24

EE:  CRS-ML-05 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  270 NMT RICE, 5/20 LG, W-MLD, FORT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24

FF:  CRS-ML-06 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  40 NMT PEAS, GREEN, SPLIT BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24

GG:  CRS-ML-07 SEE NOTE 1
CARGO:  10 NMT LENTILS BAG-50 KG
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  REQUIRED
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24

HH:  CRS-ML-08 SEE NOTE 1    
CARGO:    30 NMT OIL, VEGETABLE CAN-6/4 L
DISPORT:      BAMAKO THRU BL VIA ABIDJAN
FUMIGATION:  NOT APPLICABLE
DISCHARGE/DELIVERY:  PER US FOOD AID BOOKING NOTE SECTION 2.C.i
LDA:  YES, NON-URGENT
LOADPORT AVAILABILITY:  04/20/24

 

Effective July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has 
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 (VGM). The SOLAS requirement, states the shipper is 
responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight; however, 
in most instances Food Aid cargo is containerized at Carrier’s time, risk 
and expense.

Therefore, the Carrier is required to provide the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of 
each container, whether required containerization or for Carrier’s convenience, 
directly to the master or his representative and to the marine terminal operator 
sufficiently in advance via the appropriate platform. All responsibility and 
costs for VGM will for be the Carrier’s account and should be included in the 
freight offer. In addition the carrier agrees to hold CRS harmless of any 
liability for an VGM that is not accurately reported.  

If accurate & timely VGM is not provided to above parties, any & all liability, 
delays or costs will be for Carrier’s account.  After the effective date, it 
would 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 verified container 
weight.

The SOLAS amendments provide that there are two methods that may be used to 
determine the container weight once the container packing process has taken 
place. 
1. weighing the packed container; or 
2. weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage 
and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass 
of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved 
by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was 
completed.

For further information:
http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Safety/Cargoes/Containers/Pages/Verificat…-
gross-mass.aspx

In awarding cargo under this freight tender, USDA/FAS will consider factors 
including lowest-landed cost and the impact of any potential award on FAS'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: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/excredits/ifb/default.htm .

FOR ALL CRS CARGOES. CARRIER'S 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. LOADING
USDA APPROVED PORTS/PLANTS/BRIDGES AS PER KC-362 AVAILABILITY 
AS PROVIDED ABOVE BASIS FAS LOAD PORT.(PLEASE REFER TO ACTUAL 
COMMODITY IFB FOR POTENTIAL SHIPPING PERIODS BASIS PLANT BRIDGE
DESTINATIONS).

FOR DELIVERY BASIS INTERMODAL PLANT AND BRIDGE, OFFERORS ARE
ENCOURAGED TO COORDINATE WITH VENDOR TO ENSURE SMOOTH 
LOADING OPERATION.

***EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT AS PROVIDED IN THE FREIGHT TENDERS, ALL AWARDS UNDER 
THIS IFB 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.  
COPIES OF THIS BOOKING NOTE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USAID WEBSITE AT 
https://procurement.usaid.gov/usaid-procurement-announcements/notices-t…

Approved Exceptions to Standard US Food AID Booking Note Terms, Procedures
and Formats and other special terms and conditions (These items will apply to 
above cargo, unless specified otherwise):

Full Liner Berth Terms, All Inclusive. No Demurrage - No Dispatch - No Detention

Rates offered to be all inclusive and quoted in US Dollars per gross metric ton.
All-inclusive rates which include costs for services other than port to port ocean
transportation must include a breakdown of the ocean charge component and each of
the following other charges, as applicable:  domestic inland transportation, 
foreign inland transportation, fumigation or destination bagging, and special 
requirements for container load protocol (if applicable). No minimum bill of lading
quantities or charges or minimum container quantities or charges to apply. Carriers
who do not submit all inclusive rates as outlined above will be considered 
non-responsive.

- SINGLE BOTTOM SERVICE OFFER MUST INCLUDE VESSEL ITINERARY 
IN THE REMARKS SECTION.
- REGULAR LINER SERVICE OFFER MUST INCLUDE FREQUENCY/
ROUTING/TRANSIT TIME IN THE REMARKS SECTION.

For all parcels, please refer to Clause 14 of Booking Guidelines for Notice requirements.

For all offers, Carrier must acknowledge in the remarks section of WBSCM all 
country specific requirements when submitting offer; otherwise offer will be 
considered NON-RESPONSIVE. 
- Confirm ECTN for Carrier's account (see below)

**Carrier must confirm in the remarks section of WBSCM they will include the below 
statement(s) on Bill(s) of Lading; otherwise offer will be considered NON-RESPONSIVE: 
- If cargo is containerized for Carrier's convenience, any/all additional cost at
destination due to containerization, including devanning or stripping into warehouse
& THC is for Carrier account. 
- "Freight Prepaid" or "Freight Payable per Booking Note".

LOAD TERMS:  Cargo to be delivered to Carrier FAS Vessel or bridge point at the 
specified load port, and loaded at Carrier's time, risk and expense with no 
demurrage/no despatch/ no detention.

DISCHARGE TERMS:  Cargo to be discharged at Carrier's time, risk and expense, and 
delivered in Carrier's conveyance to the door of the Receiver's/Consignee's 
warehouse(s)located outside the port area, with no demurrage/ no despatch/ 
no detention - per U.S. Food Aid Booking Note Sec. 2.(C)(i)

Should cargo be containerized for carrier convenience, any/all additional cost at 
destination due to containerization including devanning or stripping into warehouse 
and THC is for carrier account.

Container demurrage/detention shall be in accordance with the carrier container 
demurrage/detention rates, but shall not exceed $10 per container per day or as per 
carrier tariff rate, whichever is lowest cost per day/per container.

Central America/Caribbean Barge Clause:

If a barge is offered for service, it must be of such a type to adequately protect
the cargo, either by design, such as a house or multi-deck barge, or by use of 
permanent bin walls, provided the commodity is containerized.

TRANSATLANTIC BARGE CLAUSE:

TOWED BARGES WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE
PROVIDED ALL CARGO IS CONTAINERIZED AND STOWED UNDER DECK.
TO QUALIFY AS “UNDER DECK” STOWAGE,THE CONTAINERS MUST BE
STOWED IN A HOLD OR COMPARTMENT BELOW THE WEATHER DECK 
CAPABLE OF BEING VENTILATED AND ALLOTTED ENTIRELY TO THE 
CARRIAGE OF CARGO. IT MUST BE BOUND BY PERMANENT DECKS 
AND BULKHEADS OR THE SHELL OF THE VESSEL, COMPLETELY 
PROTECTED FROM SALT SPRAY AND WEATHER ELEMENTS. 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 FOOD 
FOR PROGRESS AND  MCGOVERN DOLE INTERNATIONAL FOOD 
FOR EDUCATION AND CHILD NUTRITION TRANSATLANTIC FOOD 
AID SHIPMENTS.

For ALL CRS CARGOES. Owners and/or their agents must return signed Bills of Lading 
and related documents to LifeLink Logistics within 48 hours (2 business days) after 
receipt of masters at Owners and/or their agents expense.  Rates offered to
be all-inclusive and displayed on a per metric ton basis on all rated Bills of 
Lading as per Booking Guideline Section 18. Bills Of Lading must state "Freight 
Prepaid" or "Freight Payable per Booking Note."  

For All CRS Cargoes. Owners and/or their agents must return signed Booking Note to 
LifeLink Logistics within 10 business days of receipt.

MALI Cargo. CRS Prefers that the commodities be shipped through the port of 
Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Prefer all commodities to arrive on one vessel (no split 
shipments).

The Carrier and/or their representative is responsible for filing the Electronic 
Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) / "Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons" 
(BESC) per Bill of Lading at Carrier's time, risk and expense. 

The BESC Certificates are of utmost importance and there are new guidelines that
mandate the application period as 10 calendar days from the Loading date. In the
event a certificate is not completed within 10 days from departure of the vessel,
the certificate can not be validated and the cargo will face penalties as per 
the customs tariff.  Any penalties will be for Carrier's account.

The Carrier must provide the ECTN/BESC to CRS/LifeLink within the 10 calendar day
period from the Loading date and the number must be indicated on the Bill of Lading.

For more information, please contact the following appointed company: 
Frabemar UK Ltd
Harvest House, Cottingham Street, Goole East Yorkshire DN 14 5RP United Kingdom
Company number: 7576468 - VAT : GB 143 3789 00
Phone +44 7557 473303 - Fax: +44 1405 780687 - Email: info@frabemar.uk

SAN Cargo to be delivered on a thru B/L to CRS Warehouse in San, Mali,
subject to change.  Warehouse address: OPAM WAEMU Warehouse.

BAMAKO Cargo to be delivered on a thru B/L to CRS Warehouse in Bamako, Mali,
subject to change.  Warehouse address: OPAM SNS Warehouse.

The Carrier must provide one (1) signed copy of the FGIS Container Condition 
Inspection Certificate attesting to the satisfactory condition of containers 
prior to loading cargoes. If containers arrive at the point of origin, for commodity 
loading, and are rejected by the vessel loading observation (VLO) surveyor or by 
the commodity supplier, all dry run charges are for the carrier’s account.

Vessel Loading observation requirements and procedures, as per The U.S. Department 
of Agriculture Kansas City Commodity Office’s notice to the trade of May 5, 2000, 
is hereby incorporated.  A copy of which can be furnished upon request.

Bill of Lading integrity is to be maintained at all times while in the carrier's 
custody and control, assuring that individual ocean bill of lading quantities 
are not commingled.

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/c…
humanitarian_assistance/cargo_human_assistance_reports/Humanitarian_Food_Aid_Reports.htm

Vessel substitutions must be approved by the Shipper and USDA, as applicable, and 
cargo shall not be loaded into unapproved substitute vessels.

In keeping with U.S. Customs enforced compliance program for outbound documentation,
carriers are hereby notified that any assessments against the cargo due in whole or 
in part to delay by carrier in verifying final load count, and providing same to 
LifeLink Logistics, will be solely for carrier’s account.

CRS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REQUIRE VESSEL OWNER/OPERATOR TO POST A 
PERFORMANCE BOND. SAID BOND TO BE IN THE FORM OF A CERTIFIED CHECK 
ONLY, DRAWN ON A U.S. BANK, EQUIVALENT TO 5 PERCENT OF THE GROSS OCEAN
FREIGHT. THE CHECK MUST BE MADE OUT IN FAVOR OF CRS. AS NEGOTIATED, THE 
PERFORMANCE BOND WILL BE GOOD THROUGH FINAL U.S. LOAD PORT; OR GOOD 
THROUGH FINAL DISCHARGE PORT; OR INLAND DESTINATION. SAID BOND IS DUE 
WITHIN FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS OF CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING, FAILURE TO DO SO
WILL VOID THE CONTRACT. AS APPLICABLE, SAID BOND WILL BE RETURNED UPON 
RECEIPT OF WRITTEN NOTICE THAT ALL AVAILABLE CARGOES HAVE BEEN LOADED
AT U.S. PORT; OR THAT ALL CARGOES HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO FINAL DISPORT 
OR INLAND DESTINATION POINT.

Loading Delay Assessment (LDA) applicable when specified in above cargo details.
   
Note 1: The Shipper will impose a Loading Delay Assessment (LDA) for each and every
day beyond the contracted load date that the Carrier has failed to load the cargo
aboard a vessel.  The contracted load date is defined as the date that the vessel
is estimated to arrive at the loading port, as specified in the US Food Aid 
Booking Note Part I, plus a ten (10) day grace period. LDA shall be US $1.00 per 
metric ton per day or pro-rata, to be deducted from ocean freight payment.

Application of LDA’s will be specific to CRS cargo.

FREIGHT PAYMENT SHALL BE PROCESSED  THRU THE WBSCM SYSTEM 
AND PAID BY USDA. 60% OF THRU B/L FREIGHT PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL 
AT THE DISCHARGE PORT. 40% OF FREIGHT PAYABLE UPON COMPLETION 
OF DELIVERY TO THE FINAL INLAND WAREHOUSE(S).

Offers from NVOCCs will be considered non-responsive.

***NOTICE TO THE TRADE***

FAS Notice to the Trade issued February 16, 2023 – Cargo Fumigation Requiements and 
Prohibition of Methyl Bromide as a Fumigant in International Food Assistance Programs
is fully incorporated into this freight tender / solicitation.
https://fas.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2023-02/fumigation_protocols_a…
_notice_to_trade-2-16-23.docx

Notice to the Trade issued February 8, 2023 - REVISED Pre-treatment of Containers for carrying 
packaged Food Aid Cargoes is fully incorporated into this freight tender / solicitation.
https://fas.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2023-03/pretreatment_of_contai…

Notice to the Trade issued April 27, 2023 - Bag - Stowage in Containers is fully incorporated into 
this freight tender / solicitation.
https://fas.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2023-05/bag_stowage_in_contain…

For offers submitted through the electronic Web-Based Supply Chain Management 
(WBSCM) system, one of the statements below must appear in the Free Form Remarks
Section for each offer submitted.

1. This freight proposal, whether successful or unsuccessful, contains trade secrets
or commercial financial information which are privileged and confidential and exempt
from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552.  
Furthermore, this information is prohibited from disclosure under the Trade 
Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. Section 1905.

-- OR --

2. This freight proposal, whether successful or unsuccessful, may, in the future, 
be made public or released under a FOIA request."

Notice to the Trade dated April 5, 2017- Ocean Carrier Charges and Oversees Offices
or Agents is fully incorporated into this IFB.

EXPANSION OF TERMINAL DESIGNATIONS WITHIN THE PORT OF HOUSTON, TEXAS

Effective with Title II Invitation 028 issued on February 20, 2008, the Notice to 
the Trade  EOD-150 (Pilot Program for Load Port Surveys and Processed Commodity 
Bidding Basis Houston, Texas) is cancelled.  USAID Notice to the Trade dated 
April 5, 2006 “F.A.S. Allocated Commodities at Houston and Jacinto” is also 
rescinded.  This means that beginning with INV 028, Houston will no longer be 
available as an approved delivery point.  Offerors must select terminals within
the Port of Houston as listed in Notice to the Trade: Expansion of Terminal 
Designations Within The Port Of Houston, Texas. The notice is posted on the 
USAID Ocean Notices website at 
https://procurement.usaid.gov/usaid-procurement-announcements/notices-t…;
A complete list of delivery/bid point codes, including the new Houston 
delivery/bid point codes, is available at: 
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=coop&topic=pas-ex-…

Commodity, load port and intermodal point abbreviations as per USDA form KC-362. 
Delivery terms per USDA Notice to the Trade of April 5, 1995.

1) All offers MUST include ETA loadport, ETS loadport, and ETA destination, along 
with routing information. Other requirements or pertinent information: 
A. Vessel’s itinerary and current position.
B. Full particulars on vessel owner’s company including officers, address and bank 
references.
C. Voyage number for vessel being offered.

2) Commodity supplier delivery terms, origin points and specific shipping dates will
not be known until commodities are purchased. All cargo's availability date at 
loadport will be 04/20/24. Depending on the commodity suppliers elected shipping
dates, cargo can start shipping out as early as 03/01/24. Carriers will be 
required to receive cargo in accordance with USDA suppliers contractual shipping
dates and delivery terms. The potential shipping periods for bids at the plant 
or bridge point locations can be found in the commodity solicitation.

3) Commission: 1.67% on gross freight / dead-freight is payable to Charterer's 
agent / Freight Forwarder, LifeLink Logistics. See Notice to the Trade at: 
https://apps.fas.usda.gov/excredits/Trade-Notice-Dated-1-16-2018.htm

4) Evaluation and contract award:   offers which do not comply with mandatory 
requirements of this IFB, including but not limited to the minimums and maximums 
specified above, will not be considered.  Offers must include full particulars 
demonstrating the willingness and ability to meet these requirements. Catholic 
Relief Services reserves the right to award without discussions with USDA
approval. Award will be to the lowest responsible offeror meeting the mandatory
requirements of this IFB.  

5) Contract Terms:   Except to the extent provided above, this IFB is subject to the
standard US Food Aid Booking Note (INCLUDING ANY AND ALL AMENDMENTS AND 
ATTACHMENTS), which are fully incorporated herein. Copies of these guidelines 
may be obtained from USAID website, https://procurement.usaid.gov/usaid-procurement
-announcements/notices-trade
 

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