Procurements and competitive tendering

The products and services not produced by the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) itself, are procured from suppliers on the open markets. We develop new procurement methods to improve the transport services and the functioning of the market and promote the productivity of transport infrastructure management

Our strategic goal is to increase the productivity of the infrastructure sector.

Our strategic goal is to increase the productivity of the infrastructure sector.

The FTA maintains and develops the transport service level of the state-owned transport routes, and promotes an effective transport system, traffic safety, and balanced and sustainable development of the regions.

The FTA is a procuring authority, and we procure most of the products, services and know-how required to carry out our public task from external suppliers. It is our responsibility to identify the needs of the customers, i.e. the users of different transport services, as well as to define and produce the services by procuring these from the supplier markets. The service providers produce the services for the end users.

Procurement and supplier market management strongly affect FTA’s ability to reach and implement its strategic goals. The principles and goals of the FTA's procurement operations set the guidelines for procurement, i.e. for FTA’s procurement strategy.

The FTA's total procurement volume is about 1.6 billion euros. This amount is divided between infrastructure management procurement and other procurements.

Procurements grouped into categories

Products, services and know-how are procured from a variety of external suppliers. Some of the product and service categories are procured from supplier markets with several actors, while others are procured from supplier markets with only one or a few actors.

The FTA also switches roles from client to customer on different supplier markets. In some cases, the FTA, as the client, may hold an important position which may even affect the operating conditions within the whole infrastructure sector. In other cases, the FTA plays a less important role, either nationally or globally, from the point of view of the supplier market actors.

Since it is not possible to guide and develop all procurements according to the same principles, the FTA has grouped its procurements into categories with respect to coordination and steering.

Procurement programmes facilitate planning

The Finnish Transport Agency uses procurement programmes to inform the service providers about future projects and contracts. The aim is to give entrepreneurs and service providers advance information about upcoming procurements by means of procurement programmes. This helps entrepreneurs and service providers to plan their operations. The aim of the procurement programmes is also to ensure that contract calculations are spread evenly over the bidding period.

Higher productivity in the infrastructure sector

One of the FTA's strategic goals is to increase the productivity of the infrastructure sector. This goal will not be reached if each actor only develops its own procurements. Instead, the different clients in the infrastructure business (the Finnish Transport Agency, ELY Centres and municipalities) should collaborate. For this purpose, different types of collaboration (e.g. cooperation forums, operating models, instructions, data systems) between the clients and service producers are required. The Finnish Transport Agency is actively involved in the process of developing common forms of procurement.