DLA Sells Non-military Property to Afghan Buyers
By Army Capt. Devon McRainey
American Forces Network Afghanistan
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 3, 2014 Defense Logistics Agency representatives met here in late June with a commercial Afghan company to conduct the first sale of useable non-military vehicles, appliances and furniture no longer needed by the U.S. government.
A truck is moved in preparation for the first sale of useable non-military property at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014. Photo by Kathy Wigginton
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DLA is responsible for the disposition of excess property received from the military services.
The sale of the items, known as “white goods,” will provide regional economic stimulus to the Afghan economy and help the U.S. government avoid property disposal costs usually associated with the scrapping process, DLA Sales Contracting Officer Ron Williams said.
Included in the sale were a variety of previously used, commercial off-the-shelf items such as pneumatic tools, air conditioning units, office furniture, tractors, water trucks, forklifts and construction machinery. Many of the basic life support equipment items available, like shower and bath trailers, are no longer needed due to changing force requirements.
“The items that are being sold, once imported into the country of Afghanistan, are items that can be resold and have economic value to the buyers. They will pick up the items and either sell them outright or will use them in their own business to gain some type of economic benefit from it,” Williams said.
In January, the sales contracts were advertised under a competitive sale bidding process on the federal government contracting website. The criteria for contract awards required that the company must be based in Afghanistan, was owned 100 percent by Afghan citizens, and submitted the highest bid as a percentage of the property’s acquisition value.
The sale saw the release of property to a local Parwan province company and included a shower and bath trailer, two water trucks, a forklift and two trenching machines. After DLA releases property, a buyer must take it to an Afghan Inland Customs Depot for assessment and valuation.
“The most important effect of the sale is the economic stimulus to the Afghan economy and the goodwill that we are fostering with the Afghan government and local businesses,” Williams said. “The sale also allows us to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars as we are able to recover more money by selling the items than we would by turning them into scrap and selling them by the pound.”
The Bagram sale is the first of several planned white goods sales at U.S. sites across Afghanistan.
(EDITORS NOTE: This release includes material provided by the Defense Logistics Agency.)