Thank you for that Peter - your advice to list is as always very useful.
I'm relieved to say that the points you raised are covered in the tender
papers and project plan we drew up when we first started looking at this.
Our problem so far has been in actually finding reputable firms experienced
enough to satisfy such criteria and be prepared to quote.
Thanks for your thoughts though and your tip about RFPs and RFQs.
At 07:20 20/01/2004 -0500, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>In a message dated 1/20/2004 5:55:43 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>[log in to unmask] writes:
> > We are currently trying to obtain competitive quotes for the shipping of a
> > sizeable archive collection from the West Coast of the US
> > to the UK.
>I think more than competitive pricing is needed here. Here,off the top of
>my head this a.m., are some key questions
>1. Who will do the packing? the shipping company or who currently owns the
>2. Will the shipping company be responsible for handling the customs paperwork
>3. how will the material be shipped? air, land, sea, combination of all 3
>4 which leads to questions about environmental protection for the
>materials protection from heat, humidity, cold etc.
>5 How soon do you require the material
>As I say they are off the top of my head. I think the best thing to do is
>to issue what we here in the States call an RFP (Request for Proposal) in
>which you state your problem invite various reputable companies to respond
>and then select the best one of the lot. Or you could issue a RFQ (Request
>for Quotation) provide them with full information number of pieces, sizes,
>environmental requirements, etc then ask for the best price.
>I prefer the RFP since the shipper may want to see the materials that will
>be shipped etc.
>Good luck and hope the above helps
>Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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