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, the Vaccine Alliance

1.4%

Vaccines

The handling fee is paid as a fixed upfront payment for the current multi-year agreement. The percentage represents the annual fee as a percentage of the annual projected procurement. At the end of each year, Gavi and UNICEF review actual procurement and other cost-driver activities to be sure the fee represents a reasonable recovery of costs.

UNITAID

5%

HIV - related commodities

For a project to accelerate access to innovative
point of care HIV diagnostics.


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