Top 5 Wholesale NAICS Codes For Gov’t Contracting

Wholesalers supply everything that you’ll find on the shelves and windows of stores. They’re also the ones that provide many businesses the products they need to keep going. The U.S. government needs wholesalers for everything, from the mops needed to clean facilities to x-ray equipment. You may already sell things that Uncle Sam is already looking to buy. Perhaps you’re even buying some of these items in bulk for your entity and you could to flip some of it over for government solicitations. There are plenty of opportunities you have yet to tap into.

So what are NAICS codes? They’re numbers used as a quick reference to display the general products or services an entity provides. The government will assign the appropriate NAICS codes with every opportunity they post. Here are just a few of the most-in-demand NAICS codes for wholesale in the federal marketplace.


5. 424410: General Line Grocery Merchant Wholesalers

Total Obligations in 2017: $865,443,189

Description: This industry involves the wholesale of groceries in general. These businesses fill the shelves of supermarkets and grocery stores all around the country.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 250 employees


 4. 423940: Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Merchant Wholesalers

Total Obligations in 2017: $951,441,726

Description: The sale of jewelry, precious stones, watches, clocks, and silverware. In the context of government contracting, this industry supplies a lot of precious metals for research.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 100


3. 424210: Drugs and Druggists’ Sundries Merchant Wholesalers

Total Obligations in 2017: $1,593,345,819

Description: Businesses with the primary NAICS code of 424210 practices the wholesale of such items such as antibiotics, vaccines, bandages (non-surgical), hair care products, toiletries, hygiene products, herbal supplements, and vitamins.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 250 employees

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2. 423850: Service Establishment and Supplies (except Motor Vehicle) Merchant Wholesalers

Total Obligations in 2017: $1,683,881,155

Description: Items provided by these wholesalers are used by businesses involved in various services. Some of the products they provide include barbershop equipment, janitorial equipment, locksmith equipment, burial caskets, voting machines, and vacuum cleaning systems.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 100 employees

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1. 423450: Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

Total Obligations in 2017: $1,754,422,104

Description: Pretty much, this industry provides equipment used in hospitals and dental offices. This includes electromedical equipment, patient monitoring equipment, surgical instruments, and hospital furniture.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 200 employees

Getting Assistance

As your entity grows, there might be more NAICS codes that apply to your services. Staying up-to-date on your capabilities can open many doors when working with the federal government. For assistance updating your NAICS codes on SAM, or SAM registration contact US Federal Contractor Registration.

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