A:wishmake it clear at the outset that this matter of labelsentirely our problem.
B:should say itsomething we have never come across before.
A: The Federal Food and Drug Administration, or the FDA as we call it for short, imposes a whole set of regulations on the import of food productsthe United States. Over the years, they have become so rigid and complicated that they are now quite a head- ache for us importers.
B: In my opinion, overly strict regulations are just another way of restricting imports.
A: Ah, there’s something in what you’re saying. Accordingthe present FDA regulations, the Ma Ling Labels then cannot be used if the licheeto be offered for import into the United States.
B: Why not? Our canned lichee and canned provisions have al- ready been widely sold in various markets abroad, and the Ma Ling Label has now been accepted by most of overseas custom- ers and importers. Is it quite impossible for youuse the Ma Ling labels as they are?
A: I’d be quite willingifcould, but we must comply with the label requirements accordingour law, or we ca clear the consignment of lichee through the Customs.
B: In that case, what can we dohelp you? Have you any suggestions?
A: Would you consider quoting us for the order with neutral cans on a C.I.F. basis for delivery in Hong Kong? Our associated company there will have the labels printedcomply with the FDA regulations.
B: Do you think that’s the only way out? You know we usually do the labeling, as we are responsible for the brand labels of our products.
A: I’m afraid the cardboard boxes are not strong enough for such a heavy load.
B: The cartons are comparatively light, and therefore easyhandle. They wo be stowed away with the heavy cargo. The steve- dores will seethat. Besides, we’ll reinforce the cartons with straps. Silk blouses are not fragile goods. They can stand a lot of jolting.
A: Maybe you are right, but the goods arebe transhipped at Hamburg or London. If the boxes are moved about on an open wharf, the dampness or rain may get into them. This would make the blouses spotted or ruined.
B: No needworry about that. The cartons lined with plastic sheets are waterproof, and as the boxes are made of cardboard, they will be handled with care.
A: Well,do wanttake any chances. Besides, cartons are easycut open, and this increases the risk of pilferage.
B: Tampering with cartonseasily detected.should say that this rather discourages pilferage.
A: Maybe so, but I’m afraid that in case of damage or pilferage, the insurance company will refuse compensation on the ground of improper packing, or packing unsuitable for sea voyage.
B: But cartons are quite seaworthy. They are extensively used in our shipmentscontinental ports. There are never any complaints from our clients, and our insurance company has also approved such packing for W.P.A. and T.P.N.D.