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Swift and TNT slip out of MoD tender

5th September 1996
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Page 12, 5th September 1996 — Swift and TNT slip out of MoD tender
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Swift Transport Services and TNT Logistics have failed with bids to land the lucrative multimillion-pound Ministry of Defence tri-service freight distribution contract.

The two were among four successful companies shortlisted in May from more than 150 tenders, but it is now a straight fight between Cavewood Transport, United Carriers and an in-house team.

The Moll currently has separate freight distribution operations for the army, navy and air force, and although it hopes to appoint a single service provider it hasn't ruled out offering more than one contract. The contract will run for five years with options to extend for a further two years on an annual basis.

The MoD's freight requirements have been split into seven categories: fuels, anununition and explosives (except nuclear weapons), parcels, general freight and outsize loads, classified freight, weapons and express parcels.

The MoD says bids by the remaining three are still being evaluated but hope to make a decision within two months.

TNT and Swift say they have no idea why they missed out on the contract but would be holding talks with the Moll soon.


Organisations: army, Ministry of Defence

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