Army Capt. Devon McRainey, American Forces Network Afghanistan
Defense Logistics Agency representatives met in late June with a commercial Afghan company in Bagram, Afghanistan, to conduct the first sale of useable non-military vehicles, appliances and furniture no longer needed by the U.S. government. 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, DLA Sales Contracting Officer Ron Williams said.
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,” Williams said.
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 Witch 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,” Williams said. “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. This release includes material provided by the Defense Logistics Agency.
A truck is moved in preparation for the first sale of useable non-military property in Afghanistan At Bagram Airfield June 25. Photo by Kathy Wigginton
Service members watch the loading of a shipping container June 25 at Bagram Airfield during the first sale of useable U.S. non-military property in Afghanistan. Photo by Kathy Wigginton
An Afghan truck driver chains down a truck at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 25 during the first of sale of U.S. non-military property in the country. Photo by Kathy Wigginton