Protests Over Panamanian Scanners Tender

The tender for the operation and maintenance of scanners at the National Customs Authority has been interrupted by two companies complaining about the process.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Prensa.com reports: "Consorcio Cotecna and Consorcio SGS Scanning Panamá opposed the decision of the evaluation committee which disqualifed them and declared the winner to be Consorcio Mc Millan, Ebco, Nuctech".

Both consortia have complained about being disqualified for not having the experience required for the operation of the scanners at customs offices in a country with a non-intrusive inspection program. But this view was not supported by one of the commissioners who evaluated the proposal.

Adolfo Fabrega, evaluation committee member and officer of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, said the companies demonstrated their experience, but did not have experience in a member country of the World Customs Organization (WCO). He added that McMillan did not meet the minimum requirements of experience in the operation and maintenance of scanners for customs in WCO member countries.

SGS Scanning Panama offered $7.2 million a year, Consorcio Cotecna $15.7 million a year and the consortium McMillan, Ebco, Nuctech $16.9 million a year.

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