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Alaska Product Preference Program

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The Alaska Product Preference Program is getting a new online application! It should be up and live by November, 2019. Until then, the link below will be unavailable. Please keep checking back as we continue to make updates. We look forward to serving you!

The Alaska Product Preference (APP), AS 36.30.332 and 3AAC 92.010 is one of the State of Alaska preferences applied to in-state bids on State contracts, or proposals in response to a request for proposal. Under the State's procurement code,the Alaska Product Preference can provide a local bidder or offeror with a cost preference between three and seven percent.

What is a product?

A product is something that is made or created, especially something that is offered for sale, but does not include gravel and asphalt.

How are products classified and arranged?

Products are classified based upon broad topical product lines. A product line is a group of products with similar materials and manufacturing processes. Under each product line there is a large number of more detailed descriptions that can be attributed to a product.

When applying for Product Preference you may include the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) code if it is readily available. The NIGP code also helps to identify the type of product on offer.

The list of approved products is officially published twice a year, on the first working day of April and October. It is always available on this web site.

To be certified as Alaska Product Preference, a product must be made with materials and supplies that are:

  1. 25 percent or more and less than 50 percent produced and/or manufactured in state. This is Class I, and receives 3% bid preference;
  2. 50 percent or more and less than 75 percent produced and/or manufactured in state. This is Class II , and receives 5% bid preference;
  3. 75 percent or more produced and/or manufactured instate. This is Class III, and receives 7% bid preference.

Please note that the certification in the State's preference programs goes to the products and not to the manufacturer.

How to Get Certified in the Alaska Product Preference Program

Any Alaskan business that manufactures a product with at least 25% value added in Alaska, may submit a signed and notarized application for certification to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The department will determine whether the applicant's products meet the statutory requirements. If the certification is granted, the department will send written notice of a two-year certification for the approved product.

Per AS 36.30.338, the following definitions are used:

  1. "Alaska product" means a product of which not less than 25 percent of the value, as determined in accordance with regulations adopted under AS 36.30.332(a), has been added by manufacturing or production in the state;
  2. "produced or manufactured" means processing, developing, or making an item into a new item with a distinct character and use through the application within the state of materials, labor, skill, or other services;
  3. "product" means materials or supplies but does not include gravel and asphalt.

Alaska Preference Program Links

Contacts

Alaska Product Preference

Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs,
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1650
Anchorage AK 99501-3510;
Phone: (907) 269- 4501
Fax: (907) 269-4563

Alaska Bidder, Offeror, Agriculture, and Recycled Preferences

Matt Pegues
Contracting Officer III
Department of Administration
Division of General Services
PO Box 110210
Juneau, AK 99811-0210
Phone (907) 465-5681
matthew.pegues@alaska.gov

Alaska Employment & Disability Preferences

Department of Labor and Workforce
Development Division of Vocational Rehab
PO Box 115516,
Juneau, Alaska 99811-5516
Phone: (907) 465-6936 or (800) 478-2815
Fax: (907) 465-2856