The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) seeks to deepen its understanding of the various barriers impacting the time it takes agricultural goods to cross international borders. Agricultural goods can take a significant amount of time to cross borders because of the multiple regulatory agencies involved in inspections; these time delays can lead to significant losses – particularly in highly perishable goods.
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- Adapt the WCO methodology and enhance its specificity to capture the additional steps agricultural goods take to cross international borders. The methodology must be able to:
- Identify the appropriate place to begin and end measuring transit time;
- Delineate which steps fall under the competence of Customs authorities and those that depend on the other cross-border regulatory agencies;
- Capture behind-the-border procedures, additional documents and inspections required of agricultural goods;
- Capture different modalities such as air transport, cargo, bulk or cold storage;
- Capture the amount of time needed to complete each individual step; and
- Adapt to the varying clearance requirements in different countries.
- Prepare guidance document for using the methodology to conduct TRS and train FAS staff on its use.
- Validate the analytical methodology by conducting a test using a real-world data set. USDA will work with the awardee to set the parameters of the test, to include country and data set selection.
- Available Funding for the NOFO: The award will be up to $160,000.
- Period of Performance: 13 months
- Projected First Budget Period: September 18, 2020–Oct 30, 2021
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 18, 2020
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): October 30, 2021
- U.S. State Cooperative Institutions or other colleges and universities in the United States.
- All applicants must have an active registration in the SAM database pending or expired registrants are not eligible. This requirement must be met by the closing date of the announcement and will not be waived. Please contact the program officer listed if you have questions about this requirement.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327801