DLA sells excess equipment in Afghanistan saves taxpayer dollars
July 2, 2014
BAGRAM AIRFIELD Afghanistan (July 2, 2014) -- This week, the Defense Logistics Agency met with a commercial Afghan company here to conduct the first sale of useable non-military vehicles, appliances, and furniture no longer needed by the U.S. government.
The Defense Logistics Agency, known as 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, said DLA Sales Contracting Officer Ron Williams.
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," said Williams.
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 ditch 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," said Williams. "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 good sales at U.S. sites across Afghanistan.