(10)Packing and Shipping
A Taiwan exporter talks to a freight forwarder about shipping his goods.
Exporter :How do you do, Mr. Blake? Your company has been recommended to me by Mr. Hsiao.
Freight Forwarder : What did your friend say about our services?
Exporter : He explained how we could have lowered shipping costs by using your company.
Freight Forwarder : Yes, a freight forwarder can cut down on a reat deal of your shipping expense.
Exporter : How do you do that?
Freight Forwarder : We are knowledgeable about shipping and can secure you the best rates. We also cut costs by our efficiency in preparing the documents you need for export.
Exporter : What documents are those?
Freight Forwarder : Generally, exporters need a consular invoice, a bill of ladin, a certificate of insurance, and sometimes a certificate of origin and a carnet.
Exporter : What about packing?
Freight Forwarder : We can crate, box, or rope any items for a small charge.
Exporter :I'm concerned about damage to my breakable goods. Can you mark this shipment Fragile?
Freight Forwarder : We can attach all kinds of labels such as Handle with Care and Keep Dry. Shipments can also be given special handling for an additional fee.
Exporter :How much does special handling cost?
Freight Forwarder : Well, regular shipping is cheaper, of course. But you have to measure that saving against the advantages of reducing damage. I'm afraid there's some weight limitation on shipments given special handling.
Exporter : It sounds as though you offer some useful