Pill Key Points: The United Nations procurement system – A market of opportunities for Galician companies.

The United Nations procurement system is a market of opportunities for companies that wish to internationalize. The main objective of this informative action has been to improve the knowledge of companies about this path of internationalization and to facilitate their access to the United Nations purchasing system.

Accessing the United Nations tendering system offers advantages for companies:

  • In most cases, it is not necessary to set up in the country
  • No need to know local regulations
  • It is not necessary to be registered or classified in the country
  • Homologations of professional titles are not required
  • Standardized procedures. You can tender to different countries knowing a single procedure
  • Award procedure subject to great transparency
  • Full legal or collection guarantees
  • Business prestige generated by working with these organizations

The United Nations has the United Nations Office for Project Services, which works on behalf of more than thirty UN departments and organizations. Potential suppliers can obtain information through its web portal ( ) and the procurement portal ( ) , where the types of equipment, goods and services purchased are found.

The registration and management of suppliers in the United Nations system consists of three levels: basic (awards less than 150,000 USD), level 1 (awards between 150,000 and 500,000 USD) and level 2 (awards greater than 500,000 USD). Each level requires specific information and documents to complete the registration process.

To identify business opportunities, there are different sources of information, such as the United Nations procurement portal (, the tender alert service ( ) and the section on contract awards ( ).

To participate in these tenders, it is necessary to carry out prior preparation work that, once done, will serve us for successive tenders. Regarding the Legal and Financial Documentation that we must have prepared, always with a sworn translation in English:

  • Deed/s of Constitution of the company
  • Powers
  • Mercantile Registry Certificates
  • Annual balances, audited accounts
  • Negotiation of guarantee lines

And as for the Technical Documentation, it is advisable to prepare:

  • Project listings with financial and technical specifications
  • Equipment/resource lists
  • Certificates of work performed
  • CVs of experts
  • Management Systems Certificates: ISO 14,001, OHSAS 18,001, ISO 9,001, UNE 166,002, etc.

At SALT we support companies throughout the bidding process by identifying personalized bids, advising on reading the specifications and bidding requirements, providing forms and resolving doubts and queries from companies at any phase of the multilateral project cycle.