Supplies and Logistics

Handling Fees

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Procurement Services handling fees

Handling fees are charged in order to defray the incremental direct and indirect costs that UNICEF incurs by providing services. The fees are established based on total projected annual procurement for a commodity group. However, when procurement for a specific partner is projected to exceed $100 million per year and/or when a multi-year agreement is established, special fees may be applied.

 

TABLE 1: Summary of standard handling fees applied to commonly procured supplies 

Commodity groups

Handling fee for LDCs*
(%)

Handling fee for non-LDCs*
(%)

Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Vaccines

4

4.5

New and under-used vaccines

3

3.5

Auto disable (AD) syringes

4

4.5

Cold chain equipment

8

8.5

Long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)

3

3.5

Antimalarials

4

4.5

Antiretrovirals

4

4.5

Diagnostic test kits

4

4.5

Laboratory equipment

8

8.5

Medical equipment/kits

8

8.5

Pharmaceuticals

8

8.5

Nutrition

8

8.5

Transportation

8

8.5

Education

8

8.5

Printing

8

8.5

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

8

8.5

Communication

8

8.5

Warehouse items

6

6

* Least Developed Countries

TABLE 2: Summary of current special handling fees applied to commonly procured supplies and services

Partner

Handling Fee

Products

Comments

UN agencies

Between
3% and 5%
or the standard fee - whichever is lower

All

The fee takes into account the joint work that may be done with other UN agencies. The specific handling fee charged depends on the volume of procurement and the amount of collaboration/joint activities.

GAVI

2010: 1.7%
2011: 1.3%
2012: 1.9%

Vaccines

The handling fees are paid as a fixed upfront payment for each of the current three multi-year agreements. The percentage represents the annual fee as a percentage of the annual projected procurement, cumulated for all agreements.

UNITAID

3%

Antimalarials (ACT), LLINs, and HIV- related commodities

Depending on the project an additional lump sum between 0 and 2% is added to the variable 3% fee based on the projected procurement volume.


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