Dienstleistungen - 492201-2020

16/10/2020    S202

United Kingdom-London: Freight transport agency services

2020/S 202-492201

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Department of Health and Social Care
Postal address: 39 Victoria Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI32 Westminster
Postal code: SW1H 0EU
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: FreightContractNotices@dhsc.gov.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

The Provision of Freight Services for the Supply of Personal Protective Equipment Medical Equipment

Reference number: SCA/PVG/DHSC/003
II.1.2)Main CPV code
63521000 Freight transport agency services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The provision of freight services for the supply of personal protective equipment medical equipment.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 480 000.00 EUR
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Direct award under Reg 32 of the Public Contracts Regulation 2015 for Covid-19 response.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • Extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable for the contracting authority and in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the directive

1) The consequences of not responding rapidly to the pandemic to meet the exceptional increases in demand for PPE to protect care providers and key workers, and medical products to treat patients, would be a significant excess illness and deaths in the UK.

2) Huge increases in global demand, export restrictions from various nation states all contributed to a shortage of product availability. Where product could be sourced it was imperative that this product was moved at the earliest opportunity to prevent it being sold to higher bidders.

3) The urgent need for PPE and medical products in the UK created a requirement for the fastest mode of transport. Air freight transit times were in the region of 4-5 days whereas sea freight was between 56-84 days.

4) The disruption to freight and exports from China following their lockdown and export restrictions led to the severely restricted availability of freight capacity.

5) The market for air freight was particularly disrupted by the cancellation of many scheduled passenger airline flights (removing significant air freight capacity from the market). This created a situation where there was severe lack of physical air freight capacity and dramatic cost inflation in this market.

6) No pre-existing government commercial agreements were identified which covered the nature and scale of the services required.

7) This contract was awarded to British Airways PLC to meet a specific urgent need to transport PPE to the UK, utilising flights from Shanghai to the UK during May 2020.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: British Airways PLC
National registration number: British Airways PLC
Postal address: IAG Cargo S122, PO Box 99
Town: Hounslow
Postal code: TW6 2JS
Country: United Kingdom
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 480 000.00 EUR
Total value of the contract/lot: 480 000.00 EUR
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: High Court
Postal address: 39 Victoria Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1H 0EU
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: