TRADE Export Certification Preparation Blanket Purchase Agreement - Egypt

The USAID TRADE project seeks consultants, companies, or consortia to provide integrated management system certification services and product certification for Newly Exporting or Export Ready Enterprises (NEEREs) for compliance with international standards to obtain confirmation of compliance and issuance of certificates of compliance. The overall objective of the assignment is to provide the NEEREs with the needed guidance to complete their quality management (QM) certification to secure their market penetration in the targeted export markets.

The selected consultant/firm will provide integrated management system certification services (Factory Preparation) and product certification for NEEREs, in the Processed Food, Engineering, building Materials, Ready Made Garments, Home textiles, and Chemicals sectors, for compliance with the requirements of international standards. The consultant/firm will conduct preparation of certification services by preparing the factories’ facilities for the following international standards in the 6 sectors:

  • Food Processing: BRC, Halal, Kosher
  • Engineering Products: SASO, CE, G Mark
  • Home textiles: ISO 9001, SEDEX, SABER, Oeko-Tex
  • Ready Made Garments: ISO 9001, SEDEX, WRAP
  • Building Materials: SASO, ISO 9001, CE, CSTB Certificate, UL Certificate)
  • Chemicals: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 (Issuance and Renewal), ISO 15270 (specific for plastic recylcing),( EUCERT) EuCertplast, ISO 18001, ISO 17025, TUV, BRC, BRC/IOP, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)

The certification preparation process for each NEERE will include the following tasks:

  • Organize an information session on the required standards for the factory staff and management, provide comprehensive guidance on the certification application and review processes.
  • Conduct an initial assessment on the readiness of the factories for the QM by checking: quality management systems, documentation cycle, and certification if any (gap analysis).
  • Check customer satisfaction reporting system and maintenance policy.
  • Carry out a risk analysis and identify recommendations for factories’ actions, with suggestive corrective actions needed towards certification with the timeframe for completing the corrective actions.
  • Present and help advise factories adopt a detailed action plan for a successful certification process.
  • Assist factories in preparation of documentation, as needed, and prepare staff for the certification audit visits.
  • Present a cost estimate for certification preparation.
  • Offer recommendations on additional certifications that factories can pursue.
  • Conduct a pre-audit to ensure the factory is prepared for the certification.

The BPA will set out an agreed upon price to provide the above services based on the required certification and the location of the NEERE. Offerors are asked to provide a quote to provide preparation services for each of the listed certifications. Prices can be adjusted for NEEREs inside or outside of Cairo. If awarded the BPA offerors will be eligible to receive orders for certification preparation services as per the requirements of the TRADE project’s supported NEEREs. At this time Palladium expects 30 NEEREs will require preparation services in the first three months of the agreement with up to 100 NEEREs over the course of the year.

The goal of the USAID Trade Reform and Development in Egypt (TRADE) Activity is to boost Egypt’s international trade by increasing exports from Egyptian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and, in particular New and Expanding Export-Ready Enterprises (NEEREs).



Closing date:
18 September 2022