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Negotiation Time for Procurement
My Question is After a contract is signed with a contractor . How much time should be given for material purchase in a large construction project. In schedule how much time should be given for negotiation.

Since the buyre itself negotiates the procurement shouldn't the seller also has to procure for itself.

Additionally, during these days when material shipping is also not certain and local materials are not up to quality standards of the project.
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This really depends on the nature of the materials, where they are being sourced, the competitive demand for it, and so on.

In tendered work the contractor normally prices up the major material components during the bidding stage including commitments on delivery schedules. Few contractors are going to commit firm price, firm delivery, which is what a tender means, without commitments.

Contract documents typically assign material delivery risks to the contractor. By taking on a procurement role the owner may be taking back some of that risk.

Note that negotiations after award does not put the owner in a strong position. Once signed the contract conditions apply and the only negotiations is for contract changes.

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