Purchasing responsibilities

The GPA Purchasing Department is responsible for the procurement of goods and/or services required for the operation of all terminals located throughout Georgia, using established purchasing policies and procedures. Through fair and open competition, our staff facilitates purchases along with contracts for materials, equipment, supplies, and services. The department ensures equal opportunity for all qualified and capable vendors and abides by the highest ethical standards in accomplishing its mission.

Vendor/Supplier Registration

Filing our papers

To establish an opportunity to sell goods and services to the Georgia Ports, vendors/suppliers must register in Ariba.  The completed registration will allow vendors to participate and submit a response in our Ariba network; however, it does not guarantee notification of bid opportunities. 

To register as a supplier, we will need the following information:

  • The name of your company as shown on your W-9.
  • Contact information for the person(s) that you have designated to work with the GPA on sourcing activities. (contact name, e-mail address, and phone number)
  • Please make sure to select all commodity codes that are associated with your organization’s capabilities.


Our implementation of Ariba is for sourcing activities only and does not include Ariba’s Procure to Pay (P2P) solutions.  If your company already has an Ariba Network account, please contact your Ariba administrator.  It is the vendor’s responsibility to update vendor information when any changes occur.

For help registering on the Ariba network, please contact Ariba Supplier Support. For additional information on the Ariba network, please click here.

Please note the GPA Engineering Department posts projects and solicitation information on the GPA Engineering page at Engineering Projects

Surplus Property

The GPA Purchasing Department is responsible for the disposition of surplus property and salvage cargo.

Some opportunities for bidding on GPA surplus property are available through the GovDeals website at www.govdeals.com 

Vendors interested in participating in GPA surplus property opportunities should email [email protected]

Minimum Requirements

Teamwork at office

Vendors/contractors performing services on GPA properties are required to be credentialed and meet the minimum requirements as follows, prior to the issuance of a purchase order and any work being performed:

GPA Credential Card — All vendors/contractors entering GPA property are required to possess a properly issued and authorized GPA Credential Card by the GPA Credentialing Center, click here for registration.  

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Card — Federal law requires that anyone entering GPA property must obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) card, click here for more information.   

Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act – O.C.G.A §131091(b)(1). — All vendors/contractors performing physical services on GPA properties are required to supply a signed Immigration Affidavit verifying compliance.  Visit E-Verify for more information.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy — Pursuant to Executive Order, the State of Georgia has adopted a strict Statewide Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy that commits to a workplace free from sexual harassment and retaliation. The contractor must review and agreed to comply with the State of Georgia’s Statewide Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy located on the State of Georgia’s Department of Administrative Services website. Click here to view the policy.

Insurance Requirements — Insurance requirements are determined on an individual project basis. All contractors performing work on GPA’s property must provide a Certificate of Insurance that meets GPA’s insurance requirements.

Invoicing/Freight — A Purchase Order number (orders through our Purchasing Department) or a Division Purchase Order number (issued at a departmental level) be placed on the vendor’s invoice and emailed to [email protected] or [email protected].

Names of individuals that have placed the order, or old Purchase Order numbers from prior orders are not valid and payment cannot be processed from these.

FREIGHT NOTE: The vendor must provide an original bill for freight charges in excess of $150.00.

GPA Terms and Conditions —  Click to view GPA terms and conditions (PDF)

GPA Safety Requirements — Vendors, over-the-road truckers, manufacturers’ representatives, visitors, outside contractors, and others entering the facility will conform to these rules while on GPA property.  Failure to adhere to these rules may result in a temporary and/or permanent ban from GPA property.  To download the Safety Rules, click here to visit the GPA Safety page. 


Georgia  Ports Authority | Purchasing Department
2 Main Street, Garden City, GA 31408 | EMAIL


Tamela Wright, MBA Purchasing Manager (912) 964-3991
Brandy Booth Assistant Manager, Communications & Purchasing (912) 964-3993
Ginger Adkinson, CPPB Senior Purchasing Supervisor (912) 964-3992
Lisa Lansford, CPPB Senior Procurement Specialist (912) 964-3999
Ylonda Fate Senior Buyer (912) 964-3933
Cherry Ward Buyer (912) 966-3625
Samantha Youngblood Buyer (912) 964-3989


Georgia  Ports Authority | Purchasing Department
2 Main Street, Garden City, GA 31408 | EMAIL


Brandy Booth Assistant Manager Communications & Purchasing (912) 964-3993
Benita Evans Admin Coordinator-Communications & Purchasing (912) 964-3971
Ashley Harris Communications Support Specialist (912) 965-6358
James Jenkins Courier/Administrative Mail Clerk (912) 963-7809