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1 Unit Nine Packing

2 Learning Objectives To describe the functions of packing To understand several types of packing To learn different Marks of packing To know how to send a packing instruction

3 General View Packing is of great importance in foreign trade. Whatever mode of transport is adopted, most of the goods to be transported need packing before they are sent. Not only does packing help promote sales, reduce warehousing cost, freight and damages, it also reflects a country’s achievements in science, technology, art and culture.

4 The functions of packing The ultimate purpose of packing is to keep the transported goods in perfect condition with nothing missing on arrival. Good packing must be able to stand the roughest transportation. It has been estimated that as much as 70% of a11 cargo loss could be prevented by proper packaging and marking.

5 General View Types of packing (1) Large packing / outer packing Large packing/outer packing is packing for transportation. Transport packing is done mainly to keep the goods safe and sound during transportation . It must not only be solid enough to prevent the packed goods from any damage , but also be pilferage-proof, easy to store , convenient to load and unload .

6 (2) Small packing / inner packing Small packing / inner packing is packaging for sales. Sales packing is done mainly to push sales. It aids marketing, consumer advertising, display, presentation, protection, handling and self-service retailing. It is now universally recognized as a decisive aid in selling household consumer goods. It can be realized in various forms and with different materials as long as it is nice to look at , easy to handle and helpful to the sales .

7 Marking ( 1 ) Transport marks ( 2 ) Directive marks ( 3 ) Warning marks General View

8 ( 1 ) Transport marks Transport marks often consist of: 1) consignor’s or consignee’s code name , 2) number of the contract or the L / C , 3) the port of destination , 4) numbers of the packed goods , 5) the name of the country of origin of the goods, 6) weight and dimensions General View

9 All of these can greatly facilitate identification and transportation . For example : KDK KUWAIT Nos MADE IN CHINA 100×45×45cm Gross weight: 47 kilos Tare: 2.5 kilos Net weight: 43.5 kilos

10 General View (2) Directive marks Directive marks are eye-catching figures and concise instructions concerning manner of proper handling, storing, loading and unloading of the packed goods . For example : USE NO HOOKS TOP OPEN THIS END DO NOT STOW ON DECK NOT TO BE THROWN DOWN LIFT HERE SLING HERE TO BE KEPT UPRIGHT KEEP FLAT THIS SIDE UP TO BE KEPT COOL KEEP DRY KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT GUARD AGAINST WET/ DAMP DO NOT DROP HANDLE WITH CARE

11 ( 3 ) Warning marks Warning marks are obvious symbols or words to warn people against the hidden danger of inflammables, explosives and poisonous products . Various warnings are to be stenciled on the packages for the benefit of both the owner and the carrier , such as : DANGEROUS GOODS ACID WITH CARE POISON INFLAMMABLE EXPLOSIVE FRAGILE GLASS—WITH CARE PERISHABLE General View

12 Generally speaking , the seller should bear in mind that safe reliable and convenient outer packing and creative , elegant and attractive inner packing are what he must strive for . General View

13 Guidelines for Writing Letters regarding packing issues 1.Buyer giving instructions of packing 2.Exporter giving suggestions of his customary packing 3.Packing requirements concerning outer packing 4.Packing requirements concerning shipping marks 5.Packing requirements concerning inner packing 6.Clarifying packing clause 7.Improper packing causing damage

14 Guidelines for Writing 1). Buyer giving instructions of packing when the buyer places an order, he / she must state clearly and accurately all the terms of transaction. Thus, exporter can get accurate instructions concerning packing and marking here, which can be illustrated by the following example.

15 DE DOLLY ENTERPRISES PTE. LTD. Mildlink Plazza, Singapore 0718 Tel: Fax: August 2012 Nantong Electronics Co., Ltd Jiefang Boulevard Nantong, Jiangsu Province Dear Sirs, With reference to our recent exchange of correspondence, we confirm having placed with you the following order: Description of Article: Tiger Brand Transistor Radio Model: MF-101 Quantity: 7,200 sets Price: US$12.50 per set CIFC3% Kuwait Specimen letter-1

16 Packing: Each set in a box, 12 sets to a cardboard carton and 96 sets to a wooden case. Shipment: To be made in three equal monthly installments, beginning from August 2012 Payment: By confirmed, irrevocable L/C payable by draft at 60 days’ sight to be opened 30 days before the time of shipment. We trust that you will give special care to the packing of the goods lest they should be damaged in transit. Please mark the cases with our initials KES in a triangle, under which reach the destination KUWAIT with order number CT3344 below again. Your close co-operation will be highly appreciated. Yours truly, Alan Koh

17 Guidelines for Writing 2. Exporter giving suggestions of his customary packing When inquired about the packing, the seller can recommend his customary packing of the goods concerned to the buyer and also indicate clearly that he may accept any required packing at the expense of the buyer. Meanwhile, it is appreciated that the buyer informs the seller of any fears about the packing. Eventually the buyer and seller reach the agreement through detailed discussion.

18 Shanghai South Import & Export Co., Ltd central Avenue, Shanghai, China Tel: Fax: September 5, 2012 The Martin Tool Co., Ltd. Suite 302, Peirson Plaza, Nelson Street, Vancouver, Canada Dear Sirs, In reply to your letter of the 31st August inquiring about the packing of our Trip Scissors, we wish to state below: Our export Trip Scissors are packed in boxes of one dozen each, 100 boxes to a carton. The dimensions are 17 cm high, 30 cm wide and 50 cm long with a volume of about cubic meters. The gross weight is 23.5 kg while the net weight is 22.5 kg. As to Specimen letter-2

19 the shipping marks outside the carton, in addition to the gross, net and tare weights, the wording “MADE IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA” is also stenciled on the package. Should you have any special preference in this respect, please let us know and we will meet you to the best of our ability. Taking this opportunity, we would like to inform you that we used to pack our scissors in wooden cases but after several trial shipments in carton packing, we found our cartons just as seaworthy as wooden cases. Besides, cartons are less expensive, lighter to carry and cost lower freight. So, nowadays more and more clients prefer carton packing to wooden case packing. We trust that you will agree to our opinion and accept our carton packing. We thank you in advance for your early reply. Yours faithfully, Zhou Xiao

20 The Martin Tool Co., Ltd Suite 302, Peirson Plaza, Nelson Street, Vancouver, Canada Zip Code: V5B 5A3 Tel: (604) September 9, 2012 Shanghai South Imp & Exp Co., Ltd central Avenue, Shanghai, China Dear Sirs, In reply to your letter of the 5th September concerning the packing of our Trip Scissors, we have enquired of some of our clients about the packing in question. They say : Specimen letter-3

21 1.Such cartons are easy to cut open because the cardboard of which the cartons are made is rather thin, thus making pilferage become possible. 2. If and when the goods a re to be transshipped at a certain port. the cartons will stand in the open on the wharf and , in heavy rains , be subjected to damage as the cartons will surely be soaked . 3. During loading and unloading , the cartons are to be piled up ; Hence breakage is unavoidable because the cartons are too thin to stand heavy pressure. 4. The insurance companies, on knowing this, will shift their responsibilities to the goods being packed in cartons not fit for ocean transportation and refuse compensation for losses .

22 From the above comments, you can readily see that our clients are justified in their anxieties over your packing. As far as packing is concerned, they prefer wooden cases to cartons for future shipments . We sincerely hope that you will take this matter into consideration and make necessary improvements so as to avoid unforeseen troubles arising from faulty packing. Your early response will be much appreciated. Yours Sincerely, Mark Richard

23 Shanghai South Import & Export Co., Ltd central Avenue, Shanghai, China Tel: Fax: September 11, 2012 The Martin Tool Co., Ltd. Suite 302, Peirson Plaza, Nelson Street, Vancouver, Canada Dear Sirs, We thank you for your letter of September 9 , informing us of your clients comments on our packing. We have discussed the matter with the competent department here and wish to explain as follows : 1.The cartons we use are up to standard and fit for ocean Specimen letter-4

24 transportation. For years we have used these cartons in our shipments to many continental ports to the entire satisfaction of our clients. Moreover, the insurance companies have accepted such packing for WPA and TPND. 2. These cartons are well protected against moisture by plastic lining. Thus garments packed in them are not so susceptible to damage by moisture as those packed in wooden cases. 3. The cardboard used for making cartons is light but compact. It keeps down packaging costs and helps customers save on freight. 4. Your clients’ anxieties over packing are presumed . We are confident that the insurance company can be made to pay the necessary compensation for any loss or losses from pilferage

25 and breakage caused by using such cartons. Please tell your clients that their fears are unwarranted. Nowadays, except for bulk cargo , nude cargo and huge machinery, most commodities are packed in cartons. To pack garments in wooden cases is obsolete. For future shipments, we are experimenting with special cartons, in which garments are hung on dress-hangers. These cartons can be containerized, so that the garments will not twist. We highly value your comments , which will help improve our work. If you find any defect in our last shipment, please do not hesitate to let us know. We assure you of our cooperation and await your further orders. Yours sincerely, Zhou Xiao

26 The Martin Tool Co., Ltd Suite 302, Peirson Plaza, Nelson Street, Vancouver, Canada Zip Code: V5B 5A3 Tel: (604) September 14, 2012 Shanghai South Imp & Exp Co., Ltd central Avenue, Shanghai, China Dear Sirs, Your letter of September 11th has been carefully noted. We have approached our clients about the packing , and after our repeated explanations , they say they will have no objection to your packing the garments in cartons if you guarantee that you will pay compensation in all cases wherein they cannot get Specimen letter-5

27 indemnification from the insurance company for the reason that the cartons used are not seaworthy . We deem it our duty to inform you of this and consider it a tacit understanding that should the insurance company refuse compensation, you would hold yourselves responsible for the losses our clients might sustain on account of your using such cartons. We think you will understand that our candid statement is made for our mutual benefit as packing is a sensitive subject, which often leads to trade disputes. We appreciate your cooperation. Yours sincerely , Mark Richard

28 Guidelines for Writing 3) Packing requirements concerning outer packing Outer packing is designed to protect goods from damage and theft and facilitate transport, loading and unloading while being carried from one place to another. Safety, together with convenience, will be the focus. In the letter concerning packing, the exporter usually give the detailed description to avoid the possible trade disputes and also ensure the buyer that the goods will arrived safely and in good condition.

29 Make-Up Leather Industry Main Street New Hamza Ghouse, P.O.Box-2142, Sialkot-51310, Pakistan. Tel: Fax: Web Site: www. Makeupleather.com March 25, 2012 Nanjing Leather Co., Ltd. No. 118 Jiefang Road, Nanjing, China Dear Sirs , Thank you for your letter of March 22, informing us that the subject goods could be shipped. With regard to the packing for the above order , the goods should be packed in tin-lined water-proof woolen bale , each bale wrapped in oil cloth , and 10 bales packed in one case. Packing in sturdy wooden cases is Specimen letter-6

30 essential. Cases must be nailed , battened and secured by overall metal strapping. Rope or metal handles should be fixed to the cases to facilitate carrying. No grip-holes should be left in the cases . All cases are to be marked as usual , but please number them consecutively from No.40. Kindly stencil our shipping marks in letter 4 inches high , and give gross and net weight on each case. We hope that the result of packing turns out to be satisfactory for our customers. If so , you may continue using this packing in the future. As soon as the goods reach us, we shall let you know. Yours truly , Susan

31 Guidelines for Writing 4) Packing requirements concerning shipping marks As a necessary part of outer packing, marking serves important function during transit. The outer packing of exports is usually marked clearly with the identifying symbols and numbers in accordance with the instructions of the customer in order to enable the customs authorities, the steamship clerks and the customer to identify the packages en route or at the port of destination. In addition, outer packing will bear some indicative / warning marks with weight and measurement of the packages, which enables the carrier to choose suitable means of transport and calculate freight.

32 New Textiles Import & Export Corporation 180 Changan Road, Beijing , China Tel: Fax: April 12, 2011 Sunlight Textiles Imp. & Exp. Corp., 2458 Empire Road, Sydney Australia Dear Sirs, We enclose the countersigned copy of contract No. 250 of April3, for 360 bales of printed cottons. The letter of credit is on its way to you. With regard to the packing for the above order, please mark our initials KT in a triangle, destination and our order number Specimen letter-7

33 should be stenciled . In addition , directive marks KEEP DRY , KEEP AWAY FROM PRESSURE , etc . should also be indicated. We have made a footnote on the contract to that effect . We hope you will find it in order and pay special attention to the packing . We look forward to receiving your shipping advice and thank you in advance. Yours faithfully , Dawei Xu

34 Guidelines for Writing 5) Packing requirements concerning inner packing Inner packing, also named as sales packing, is done mainly to push sales. Successful inner packing can save cost, energy and time that will be spent on marketing. Therefore, the buyer also lays emphasis on it.

35 ABC Trading Corporation 9 Alexander Street, London, England Tel: (44) Fax:(44) rd June, 2012 Far East Trading Company 688 Tianya Street, Haikou , Hainan Province, China Dear Sirs , In reply to your of May 26 , we regret having forgotten to mention the inner packing requirements of Bee Brand Brown Sugar we ordered at the Guangzhou Spring Fair this year. Now we have discussed the matter with our customers. They request as follows : Specimen letter-8

36 As brown sugar is moisture absorbent especially in hot rainy seasons , it should be packed in kraft paper bags containing 20 small paper bags of 1 kilogram net each, two kraft paper bags to a carton lined with water-proof paper. We hope the above requirements will be acceptable to you and look forward to your early reply. Yours sincerely , Black Smit

37 Far-east Trading Company, Ltd. 180 Changan Road, Beijing , China Tel: Fax: April 20, 2012 Pacific Textiles Imp. & Exp. Corp Empire Road, Sydney Australia Dear Sirs, Reference is made to our Order No.330 of March 5th covering 5000 pieces of Girls’ Swimsuits. We are pleased to inform you that the above-mentioned shipment ex s. s. “xxx” has arrived at our end sagely and in good condition. Specimen letter-9

38 As a matter of fact, the goods are found to be of excellent quality, while the packing is only middling, having a certain leeway to improve. Frankly speaking, you can compete successfully in the world market in a good many commodities, but you lose out to others just because you fail to pack the goods properly. You will understand that with so many brands of the same commodity competing for sale here, merchandise is forced not only to give value but to be seen to give value. In order to help sell the goods, we suggest that you make some improvements in your packing as soon as possible. Yours truly, Zhen Lan

39 Guidelines for Writing 6) Clarifying packing clause Packing clauses stipulated in the contract should be mutually discussed and determined before shipment. Any obscure expressions must be clarified otherwise trade disputes may be caused. In trade practice, in order to save any possible trouble and disputes, ambiguous packing terms like “seaworthy packing”, “customary packing” and “seller’s usual packing” should be avoided.

40 April 27, 2012 Dear Sirs, Sales Confirmation No. T-LONG1352 We have received your letter dated April 23 enclosing the above sales contract in duplicate but wish to state that after going through the contract we find that the packing clause in the contract is not clear enough. The relative clause reads as follows: Packing: Seaworthy export packing , suitable for long distance transportation. In order to eliminate possible future trouble , we would like to make clear beforehand our packing requirements as follows : Specimen letter-10

41 The tea under the captioned contract should be packed in international standard tea boxes, 24 boxes on a pallet, and 10 pallets in an FCL container. On the outer packing please mark our initials SCC in a diamond , under which the port of destination and our order number should be stenciled. In addition , warning marks KEEP DRY , USE NO HOOK , etc, should also be indicated. We look forward to receiving your shipping advice and thank you in advance. Yours faithfully , Fred Jockey

42 Guidelines for Writing 7) Improper packing causing damage In international sales transaction, improper packing will lead to damage or losses, consequently, resulting in complaints or claims.

43 May 27, 2012 Dear Sirs, On May 20th, we received your consignment of 40 cardboard cartons of steel screws. We regret to inform you that 10 cartons were delivered damaged and the contents spilled, leading to some losses. We accept that the damage was not your fault but feel that we must modify our packing requirements to avoid future losses. Specimen letter-11

44 We require that future packing be in wooden boxes of 20 kilos net, each wooden box containing 40 cardboard packs of 500 grams net. Please let us know whether these specifications can be met by you and whether they will lead to an increase in your prices. We look forward to your early confirmation. Yours faithfully , Phillip David

45 May 18, 2012 Dear Sirs, We have duly received the fifteen cartons of cameras under our Order No. xxx of 5th May but regret to inform you that upon examination, we found three cartons of them were badly damaged and probably can not be accepted by our customers. Apparently it was due to the improper packing. In our opinion, the export cartons used were not sufficiently strong to protect these cameras. Specimen letter-12

46 This is the second time in the first half of this year we have had cause to write to you about the same matter and we find it hard to understand why precautions could not be taken to prevent a repetition of the earlier damage. Please go into this matter promptly and send us the replacements of the damaged three cartons by air as quickly as you can as we are badly in need of the goods. Yours faithfully, Simon Richler

47 Called the “ Seven Cs ”, the principles for business communication put forward by professor Emeritus Herta A. Murphy, University of Washington, and her two colleagues in University of Michigan are completeness, correctness, clarity, conciseness, concreteness, courtesy, consideration. “ Seven Cs ” refer to the evaluation of foreign letters in the word choice, sentence structure, content, tone, attitudes and other aspects of business letter writing. Effective application of the “ Seven Cs ” principles can create a miracle in business communication. Further Refinement

48 Business letters call for specific reply so that concreteness must be always stressed. In a general and vague message, everything seems to be mentioned but actually few are fully expounded. The readers only have a vague impression of what you try to achieve, so he or she is at a loss how to react upon reading your message. In the following improvements on the original letter, we can see that using specific facts, figures can help write concretely and vividly. Further Refinement

49 The original letter Dear Sirs, Please pay your best care to pack the goods so as to withstand the hazards of ocean transportation and waterproof it against the tropical climate. Also please stencil our shipping marks in the usual way. We hope that you will agree with us on our requirements to the packing of the goods mentioned above. Yours faithfully, …

50 The refined letter Dear Sirs, Please pay your best care to pack the goods with seaworthy wooden cases so as to withstand the hazards of ocean transportation and waterproof it against the tropical climate. Also please stencil our shipping marks five inches high and give gross and net weight, port of destination, country of origin and a B in the rectangle as the main mark of each case. We hope that you will agree with us on our requirements to the packing of the goods mentioned above. Yours faithfully, …

51 KEY TO UNIT NINE

52 I.Translate the following sentences into English. 1. We are glad to inform you that the goods you ordered are ready for shipment . Please let us have your instructions for packing and dispatch 2. According to the contract , the buyer should supply the packing materials and deriver them to us before October 22 . 3. As a rule , the buyer ought to bear the charges of packing. 4. The cartons are well protected against moisture by polythene sheet lining. 5. The packing of our Men’s Shirts is each in a poly bag , 5 dozen to a carton lined with waterproof paper and bound with two iron straps outside . 6. Our tea for export is customarily packed in boxes , 24 boxes on a pallet , 10 pallets to an FCL container . 7. Our usual packing for dyed poplin is in bales lined with polythene (waterproof paper, kraft paper) , each containing 600 yards in single color.

53 8. Our transistor radios are packed in cartons lined with kraft paper and water-proof paper. 9. Our cartons for canned food are not only seaworthy but also strong enough to protect the goods from possible damage . 10. We do not object to packing in cartons provided the flaps are glued down and the cartons secured by metal bands . 11. The outer packing should be strong enough for transportation . As to the inner packing , it must be attractive and helpful to the sales . 12. As you suggested , we have improved our inner packing to meet the customers’ demand in your market . 13. Effective measures must be taken to protect this product . as it is particularly subject to breakable goods . 14. In spite of every care in packing , it sometimes happens that a few barrels are broken in transit . 15. The clients are especially concerned about the danger of damage to these goods while they are being transported .

54 II. Correct the mistake in each of the following sentences. 10 dozen to a wooden case. thus preventing the contents from dampness Fiberboard boxes are used to reduce freight. Overall measurements of each case must not exceed 4’×2’ ×2’. Please use normal export containers unless you receive special instructions

55 III. Refine the following business mail to achieve better effect. Dear Sirs, According to your packing instructions, we have arranged to pack your ordered goods in five cases. We have packed the goods according to your usual requirements and have dispatched them from our Taibei factory by airfreight. They are to be repacked at Bangkok, as we have been informed, and the charges for special packing are excluded from our price. Therefore please rest assured on the packing. Yours faithfully, …

56 IV. Letter writing 1. Dear Sirs; Referring to our Order No. xxx covering xxx sets of xxx Machine, we wish to give you our comments on packing as follows: A special crate with reinforced bottom will be needed for the transport ofsuch a large machine, which should be lined with waterproof cloth and strapped vertically and horizontally with metal bands. All delicate parts are to be wrapped in soft material and firmly packed to avoid scratches and knocks against the container. Kindly stencil our shipping marks five inches high and give gross and net weight, port of destination, country of origin and a B in the rectangle as the main mark of each case. We trust the above is clear to you. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Daiwei

57 2. Dear Sirs, We are in receipt of your letter of June 15 informing us that the captioned goods have been shipped per s. s. “Ganging” and thank you for your invoice No. B31170 in triplicate. With regard to the packing for ready-made garments , you say that you have taken up the matter with the competent departments and are of the opinion that packing in cartons will prevent skillful pilferage ; such cartons are well protected against moisture ; they are light and convenient to handle , etc. After discussing the matter with our clients , we find that your comments sound quite reasonable. However, we cannot be sure how things will prove to be until the first lot of goods packed in such cartons arrives. We are of the opinion that if the result of packing in cartons turns out to the satisfaction of our clients, you may continue using this packing in future . However , In case of the result not being so , we are afraid that this will considerably affect the development of business between us . You may rest assured that in our mutual interest we shall do everything possible to give you our full cooperation . As soon as the goods shipped by S . S . “Feigning”reach us , we shall not fail to communicate with you. Yours faithfully, Yangzhou


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