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United Kingdom-London: Passports
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Passport Production and Associated Services.
Contract for the design, production and personalisation of the UK Passport and its Variants and other secure documents.
Due to the upcoming expiry of its current passport design, print, assembly and personalisation contract, the Contracting Authority is commencing a procurement in respect of a new contract for passport production and associated services, to include but not be limited to;
— Design, print, assembly and personalisation of the UK Passport and its Variants;
— Design, print, assembly and/or personalisation of other secure travel documents, including Emergency Travel Documents on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The Contracting Authority issues over 6 000 000 passports annually (with passport Variants accounting for circa 1.2 % of volumes) and is the only provider of passports to British citizens living anywhere globally. The UK passport is a secure travel document which contains many world leading security features; the integrity of which allows British Citizens to travel without a visa to a large number of countries.
Please note, the estimated total value is based on the current unit prices and forecast volumes for this contract. The estimated total contract value is in the region of 490 000 GBP (at 2017 prices and excluding VAT).
This contract can be extended for up to 18 months.
All Bidders who successfully Pass all Selection Questionnaire questions will be invited to the Invitation to Tender (ITT) Stage (the number will not be limited to 6).
The evaluation process will be detailed within the procurement documentation.
The Authority is not responsible for any bidding costs incurred by potential suppliers in respect of this procurement. The Authority reserves the right to abandon the competitive process and not award any contract; make any changes it sees as reasonable to the competition; remove and/or amend element(s) from the scope of the requirements; and accept or reject any tender.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Bidders are requested to express interest by 14.4.2017, 08:00 UK local time in order to enable the submission of a request to participate by 24.4.2017, 14:00 UK local time.
The process for expression of interest and requesting further information in order to submit a request to participate is set out below.
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that Participants are required to express an interest separately for this competition regardless of their involvement in the previous Market Engagement activities for this project. Any such involvement does not constitute an expression of interest for the competition advertised in this notice.
The Home Office uses an eSourcing toolkit to enable its sourcing activities to be conducted over the internet. In order to express an interest and participate in this procurement, please follow the steps set out below.
The procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, Bidders must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite. If you have not yet registered on the e-Sourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS e-Sourcing’.
Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering and who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.
Once registered, organisations expressing an interest in the tender must send an email to: PassportProcurement@hmpo.gsi.gov.uk. The email should be entitled ‘Passport Procurement — Expression of Interest’ and contain the following details: your organisation's name, your contact name, e-mail address and telephone number.
Any expressions of interest not submitted in the required form (or containing the requested information) may be rejected. Bidders are requested to express interest by 14.4.2017,08:00 UK local time, to allow sufficient time for the administrative process and submission of requests to participate.
The Authority requires Bidders to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in order to be invited to submit a request to participate. (Please note that this applies even if you have signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement in order to participate in Market Engagement).
On receipt of an email detailed above, the Authority will provide access to the NDA document through the eSourcing portal. The Authority requires Bidders to download and re-attach a signed copy of the NDA to the event. When saving the ‘pdf’ document, please ensure that you include the Bidder organisation's name in the filename.
Once a correctly signed NDA is received by the Authority, Bidders will be invited to the request to participate event and will be able to access all relevant procurement documentation.
Your request to participate will take the form of a completed Selection Questionnaire. This will be available in the request to participate event.
Clarification requests relating to expressions of interest and/or requests to participate must be submitted no later than 14.4.2017, 08:00 UK local time.
Any requests to participate not submitted in the required format (or containing the requested information) may be rejected.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite contact; Crown Commercial Service Help-desk: freephone: +44 3450103503 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Authority reserves the right to award a contract on the basis of initial tenders without negotiation.
The Authority reserves the right to reduce the number of tenders to be negotiated during the negotiation process through the application of the award criteria as detailed within the procurement documentation.