Published date: 27 May 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 29 June 2021, 11am

Contract summary


  • Transport services (excl. Waste transport) - 60000000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

27 May 2021

Closing date

29 June 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 September 2021

Contract end date

31 August 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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The contracting authority is tendering a multi-lot procurement for the provision of international freight and logistics services to support the import and export of medical products to and from global locations. The procurement will be composed of four lots: air charter, sea freight, rail freight and international warehousing. The total contract value is estimated to be up to GBP 382 000 000. The contract value split by lot is as follows:

Lot A - Air Charter Services - £248m
Lot B - Sea Freight Services - £66m
Lot C - Rail Freight Services - £62m
Lot D - International Warehousing Services - £6m
These will be zero-volume commitment contracts. Each contract will be for an initial 12-month period with an option to extend for up to a further 12 months in multiples of 3-month increments where the value of the contract has not been exhausted in the first 12 months. The authority will inform the successful supplier no less than 3 months before end of contract term on any decision to extend the contract.

The contracting authority is using the Department of Health and Social Care Atamis eTendering system to manage the tender. Information relating to the tender is available within Atamis. Select this link to access the Atamis system: Select 'Opportunities' and then select the DHSC International Freight and Logistics Solutions opportunity. A document that sets out the process can be selected from the opportunity at the 'View Documents' area. If you wish to register an interest, if you have not done so already, register your organisation as a supplier from here Once registered, press the 'Register Interest' to login and register your interest. Once you have registered your interest, you may submit clarification requests. Correspondence must be through Atamis. The deadline for clarification questions is 07/06/2021.

The correct deadline for submissions via the Atamis system is 29 June 2021 11:00.

About the buyer

Contact name

International Freight Procurement Team


39 Victoria Street