||<p>The Express Freight Service is intended to provide access to an end to end solution
able to deliver small consignments on a 24 hour basis with additional provision to
move larger pallet quantities on a two to four day basis. The initial contract length
is one year, extendable by a further one year, with sufficient flexibility to end
the contract earlier if required. The total estimated value of services provided to
the Department over a two year period of the contract, if exercised, is £3 million.
Users of the freight solution would be required to pay for any capacity they use.
The bid response period closed on 22 August and the bids are currently being evaluated
by the Department.</p><p>The Government recognises the vital importance of all medicines
and medical products and as such, the Express Freight Service is designed to be capable
of transporting all medicines and medical products used within the health and social
care system in the United Kingdom.</p>