The state-owned Meat and Fish Institution (EBK) held a tender for the procurement of 5,000 tons of livestock -- or 10,000 head of cattle -- from the United States, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. The Jordanian-owned Khaled Hijazi was the only company submitting a bid in the tender.
In the first round of the tender, the company offered $21.3 million, but decreased this figure to $20.9 million in the second round. The tender committee said it would evaluate the offer before announcing any final decision. This means the tender is technically over unless an unforeseen development occurs.
Speaking to reporters following the tender, officials from Khaled Hijazi said the company had investments in Brazil, Australia, Uruguay and Europe and that they keep over 4.5 million animals.
The EBK had earlier sent invitations to 15 firms, four of which said they would participate in the tender. Khaled Hijazi was the only of these four to submit a bid. Some deputies from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) also followed the tender. The US-based Atlantic Halal Meat declined to submit a bid for the tender, while the Uruguay-based Rozada & Cia.
S.A. invited EBK officials to visit their facilities in Uruguay and discuss possible livestock imports to Turkey there. Meanwhile, having followed the tender as a host company, Chile-based, Turkish-owned red meat dealer Özçamlı owner İsmail Özçamlı told reporters that they would consider submitting their offer should the EBK extend the time limit for the delivery of animals. Özçamlı said they would transport the animals in 30 days from Chile to Turkey.
On Tuesday, the EBK held another tender for the procurement of 8,500 animals. Three companies -- Hacılar Helal Et, Dituria Sro and Sc. Agro Hilal Srl, all belonging to Turkish businessmen living abroad -- offered bids.
The government recently authorized the EBK to resume livestock and red meat imports in an effort to halt extreme price hikes caused by a growing shortage in the domestic market. Turkey did not allow imported meat into the country out of safety and health concerns.