Selling to USAFE
The 48th Contracting Squadron located at RAF Lakenheath is responsible for procuring goods and services for the US Air Force bases at RAFs Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Feltwell.
Registering to become a supplier
Both current and potential suppliers are required to complete the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) process in order to be awarded contracts by the US Government. Businesses are required to complete a one-time registration to provide basic information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. New registrations take approximately 48 hours to process, with recertification then needing to be accomplished once a year to keep the information provided up to date.
The first step that companies need to take in order to register in CCR is to obtain a DUNS number - this is provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). A DUNS number is a nine digit code which is a means of identifying business entities on a location specific basis. The following information is required by D&B to receive your DUNS number:
- Legal name
- Tradestyle, Doing Business As (DBA) or other name by which your organisation is commonly recognised
- Physical address, city, county and post code
- Mailing address (if separate)
- Telephone number
- Contact name
- SIC Code (Line of Business)
- Number of employees at your location
- Headquarters name and address (if there is a reporting relationship to a parent corporate entity)
Non US companies must also obtain a NATO Commercial and Governmental Entity (NCAGE) code prior to registering in CCR. This can be done by contacting the National Codification Bureau:
Corporate Technical Services
Ministry of Defence
65 Brown Street
Tel: 0141 224 2249
Once these two steps have been completed, registration in CCR can then be carried out at: https://www.sam.gov/
In addition, US Government contractors are now required to submit invoices via the Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) system. The purpose of WAWF is to enable vendors and government officials to electronically access and process the documentation needed to generate prompt payment for goods and services.
For most purchases under $25K a Government Wide Purchase Card (GPC) is used. Cardholders order items from a catalogue, over the internet or from local vendors with little or no acquisition lead time. If your business is likely to sell good or services that would come under this mode of purchase, it is recommended that you contact the 48th Contracting Squadron to raise awareness of your business and what goods and services you offer.
Requirements over $25K are advertised via Federal Business Opportunities (FBO), which is the single point of entry for all US Government procurement opportunities. Businesses seeking any US Government market for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities advertised by the entire Federal contracting community. The web address is www.fbo.gov
For further information on all aspects of FBO, there is a downloadable user's guide available on the FBO website. For further information on any of the above steps, please contact the 48th Contracting Squadron on 48CONS/LGCP@lakenheath.af.mil If you are interested in doing business with USAFE please look at their current opportunities