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Mass Modification-FAS Schedule 81 I B-Upcoming Refresh/Special Item Number(SIN) Revisions: Solicitation 81 I B- Shipping, Packaging and Packing Supplies-2FYB-DJ-050008-B April 2019

The General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) plans to refresh MAS Schedule 81-IB during the month of April 2019.  To better serve customer agencies and in the spirit of Category Management Best Practices, GSA is enhancing Schedule 81 I B, Shipping, Packaging and Packing Supplies to realign the existing product/service offering. The scope of the original Solicitation remains unchanged. This enhancement  is to extract “shipping containers” and “metal drums” from the existing SIN 617 2 to better represent shipping container solutions under SIN 617 11 and to add a new NAICS code to be in line with metal manufacturing.


Acquisition of Containers currently under SIN 617 2 will now reside under SIN 617 11 Shipping, Cargo, Freight, and Storage Containers; ISO and Non ISO Containers; Container Systems; Metal Drums; Maintenance, Repair and Modification of Containers to categorize similar items. Administrative and typographical errors were also corrected.The subsequent refresh may also include updates and changes to the clauses and provisions.


  • SIN descriptions have been simplified for Container purchases and acquisition

  • Additional NAICS code 332439 and FSC/PSC 8150 has been added to identify containers for major sub-categories management and data reporting

  • General Clause and Provision updates and revisions

The revised description for SIN 617 11 is shown below:


This SIN excludes prefabrication building structures however includes a wide and diverse group of Storage Container Solutions:


-Acquisition of International Standards Organization (ISO) and non- ISO containers including flat racks (platforms), open-top, dry freight, insulated, collapsible, inflatable, refrigerated, and tank containers; and metal drum solutions.


This SIN 617 11 scope includes, but is not limited to a diverse category of containers:


Several basic types of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) containers including flat racks (platforms), open-top, dry freight, insulated, refrigerated, and tank containers. Flat racks and platforms are ISO containers that are used to transport heavy machinery. They do not have side walls, but may have end bulkheads and are often collapsible. ISO or intermodal containers are used for the intermodal transport of freight. They are manufactured according to specifications from the International Standards Organization (ISO) and are suitable for multiple transportation methods such as truck, rail, or ship. These regulations define a shipping container size, strength, and durability requirements. ISO requirements guarantee that the container can withstand extreme environments endured during transport and have the structural integrity needed to be lifted by cranes or other heavy equipment during mobility or transport.




Standard ISO containers measure 8 ft. 6 in., but they are available in several discrete heights measuring from 4 ft. to 9 ft. 6 in. Containers that measure 9 ft. 6 in. tall are called extended height or high cube containers while 4 ft. and 4 ft. 6 in. containers may be referenced as half height containers.



The majority of all ISO containers measure 8 ft. or 2,438 mm wide. ISO Containers that exceed this dimension are grouped into two other size ranges. Alpha characters C, D, E, and F identify containers that are greater than 2,438 mm, but less than 2,500 mm. Containers that exceed 2,500 mm are referenced by L, M, N, and P.



The most common lengths are 20 and 40 ft. Other lengths include 24, 28, 44, 45, 46, 53, and 56 ft.


International Organization for Standardization (ISO Certification: Vendors must self-certify that any containers identified and sold as ISO containers under this Schedule meet ISO standards/specifications.


Naming Convention: The Commercial and Military nomenclature may be referred to as BI-CONS, TRICONS and QUADCONS. Container names are based on TWENTY FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS (TEU). One BICON takes 2 units to create a TEU; a TRICON takes 3 to create a TEU and a QUADCON takes 4 units a TEU.


After Receipt of Order (ARO): Due to the nature of manufacturing and assembly, the 30 day ARO period stated in the solicitation should be negotiated at order level. 180 days ARO is considered the commercial standard and reasonable for container solutions. The Government will accept accelerated delivery at no additional cost.


-Maintenance, repair and modification of new and existing containers including but not limited to Racks, Cages, Shelving, HVAC, Electricity, Refrigeration, Configuration Kits, access doors, windows, locking mechanisms, bulletproofing, security systems, and ventilation features. Kits/ supplies/ tools (products) for the modification/ repair/ customization of freight/ cargo containers may be purchased under this SIN.


Maintenance, Repair and Modifications are those: (1) solely associated with the repair, alteration, delivery or installation of container products or services, and which are (2) routine and non-complex in nature, such as routine painting or resurfacing or replacement of floors or panels, basic electrical or plumbing work, removal/relocation of non-load bearing walls, doors or window access, ventilation, installation of security or tracking devices, minor alterations to install storage systems, conveyors or conveyor systems, and similar noncomplex services.


Special Notice to Ordering Agencies: Modification and alterations of containers are not intended for human occupancy (i.e. housing). Please refer to MAS Schedule 56.


-Container and related services, not elsewhere classified (NEC)


Government agencies will solicit for container ancillary products and services including but not limited to recertification, restenciling, decals, restrapping and/or acquisitions not elsewhere classified under container management such as Container Safety Certification (CSC) or Approved Continuous Examination Program (ACEP) requirements, tracking devices and ancillary shipment services.


After the refresh is implemented, GSA will issue a bilateral modification to apply the changes to the existing MAS contracts.  Contractors will have 90 days to accept the mass modification. Contact your designated Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) if you need a PIN reset.


Please leave any questions or feedback as a comment on this posting.  Thank you for your continued partnership.



A webinar discussing these changes was held on Tuesday April 9, 2019 2pm-3:30pm.


A recording can be found here: https://youtu.be/DdbNCNm4MCc

Your Host: Nelson Duncan, Business Development Specialist, Customer and Stakeholder Engagement (CASE) Division

Invited Guests: Jennifer Jackson, Business Development, MAS Robert Woodside & Henry Pierre-Louis


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