Supplier Classification

The (Unified) supplier qualification review results in a classification from A to D, which is largely dependent on the size of your company.  In practice, most EU SMEs will initially get a C or a D classification. The qualification is listed on the Notification of Qualification Screening Results (Sample) . It is possible to have different qualifications for different categories, for example a D classification for manufacturing of goods, and a C classification for supply of goods. 

Procuring entities will use this classification in their tender notices, to specify which suppliers are eligible. To procuring entities the classification acts as a safeguard that the successful bidder will be able to execute the contract, but it also serves as a way to allow SMEs a greater piece of the pie, by exclusively reserving certain tenders for C and D class companies. In practice however, many tenders are open to suppliers from all classifications, and smaller companies will have to compete with much larger competitors.

Classification and contract ranges for manufacturing and supply of goods and services

The chart below shows the classification and contract value ranges applied by procuring entities using the Unified Supplier Qualification System. Other procuring entities will use similar classifications.  If you wish to calculate ranges with other EUR/JPY exchange rates, please use this Excel sheet.

Supplier Classification and related contract value ranges (2018)
 
 
Contract value range (JPY)
Contract value range (EUR)
In case of manufacturing
contract
 
 
 
 Rate 1  EUR
 ¥125
Points
 Class
 Min
Max
 Min
Max
More than 90 points
 A
 ¥30.000.000
 
 € 240.000
 
80-89 points
 B
 ¥20.000.000
 ¥30.000.000
 € 160.000
 € 240.000
55-80 points
 C
 ¥4.000.000
 ¥20.000.000
 €  24.000
 € 160.000
Less than 55 points
 D
 
 ¥4.000.000
 
 €  24.000
 
 
 
 
 
 
In case of product-sales
or services
 
 Contract value (JPY)
 Contract value (EUR)
Points
 Class
 Min
 Max
 Min
Max
More than 90 points
 A
 ¥30.000.000
 
€ 240.000
 
80-89 points
 B
 ¥15.000.000
 ¥30.000.000
 € 120.000
 € 240.000
55-80 points
 C
 ¥3.000.000
 ¥15.000.000
 € 24.000
 € 120.000
Less than 55 points
 D
 
 ¥3.000.000
 
 € 24.000
 
 
 
 
 
 
In case of purchase of goods
 
 Contract value (JPY)
 Contract value (EUR)
Points
 Class
 Min
 Max
 Min
Max
More than 70 points
 A
 ¥10.000.000
 
 € 80.000
 
50-70 points
 B
 ¥2.000.000
 ¥10.000.000
 € 16.000
 € 80.000
Less than 50 points
 C
 
 ¥2.000.000
 
 € 16.000
Source:  https://www.chotatujoho.go.jp/va/com/h30-KOUJI.html

Classification and contract ranges for public works contracts

For the classification of public works contractors, the P-scores are used to classify companies. For the major types of contracts the classification is as follows. If you wish to calculate ranges with other EUR/JPY exchange rates, please use this Excel sheet. 

 

Supplier Classification and related contract value ranges (2018)
 
 
 
 
Rate 1 EUR
¥125
 
 
Contract value range (JPY)
Contract value range (EUR)
 
Class
Min
Max
Min
Max
Civil Engineering works
 
 
 
 
 
More than 1100 points
A
¥200.000.000
 
 € 1.600.000
 
800-1100 points
B
 ¥20.000.000
 ¥200.000.000
 € 160.000
 € 1.600.000
Less than 800 points
C
 
 ¥20.000.000
 
 € 160.000
Construction works
 
 
 
 
 
More than 1100 points
A
¥250.000.000
 
 € 2.000.000
 
800-1100 points
B
 ¥20.000.000
 ¥250.000.000
 €   160.000
 € 2.000.000
Less than 800 points
C
 
 ¥20.000.000
 
 €  160.000
Specialist works*
 
 
 
 
 
More than 700 points
A
 ¥15.000.000
 
 € 120.000
 
Less than 700 points
B
 
 ¥15.000.000
 
 € 120.000
Surveying
 
 
 
 
 
More than 45
A
 ¥5.000.000
 
 € 40.000
 
Less than 45
B
 
 ¥5.000.000
 
 € 40.000
Source: http://www.mlit.go.jp/common/001255956.pdf

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