SURVEY OF PACKING ANTIQUES/FINE ARTS FOR SHIPMENT AT Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited, CHAIWAN, HONG KONG

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT

AT THE REQUEST of Hong Kong for the account of Comite d'Etudes et de Services des Assureurs Martitimes et Transport de France, 8 rue d'Artois, 5008 Pairs, France, we did, attend at Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited, Flat 02, 13 F., Block B, Kailey Industrial Centre, 12 Fung Yi Street, Chaiwan, Hong Kong on 27 th June 2001 for the purpose of surveying and observing of packing and preparation of the Antiques and Fine Arts (Valuable Fragile Products) for shipment from Hong Kong to other destinations in the world.

We report as follows,

1.00 Introduction

We understood that Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited Hong Kong is one of the companies in Hong Kong, who is dealing with handling and transportation mainly on Antiques and Fine Arts packaging for shipping services. We were requested to attend at their premises to observe the packing and handling aspect of the antiques and valuable items and passing our general opinion on the process.

2.00 Our Attendance

Attending as above, at Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited, Flat 02, 13F., Block B, Kailey Industrial Centre, 12 Fung Yip Street, Chaiwan, Hong Kong on 27th June 2001 we met with the following parties concerned,

  1. Mr Willian Ng of Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited, Hong Kong
  2. Mr. Michel Henry, the C.E.O. of H. Cheung & Associates Insurance Brokers Limited, Hong Kong
  3. Ms. Helen Cheung, the Marketing Director of H. Cheung & Associates Insurance Brokers Limited. Hong Kong

Upon our attendance we introduced our selves to the parties concerned and during our discussion we understood that Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited, Hong Kong is one of the companies in Hong Kong, who is dealing with handling and transportation mainly on Antiques and Fine Arts packaging for shipping services.

Upon our attendance the Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited staff demonstrated the packing of one antique horse for air shipment. The general procedure and steps of packing as demonstrated to us are as follows,

a) Then antique horse has wrapped with poly shrink-wrapping to protect its painting and outer surface and externally wrapped again with tissue papers.
  b) The bundle of wrapped material has prepared with two tissue papers approx. 1m x 0.75m to form approx. 04cm.
  c) The antique horse fully wrapped with tissue bundles, which prepared as necessary approx. used about 10 to 12 tissue papers.
  d) Then the whole antique horse was fully wrapped with tissue papers.
  e) Then wrapped with poly bubble sheets to form a bundle.
  f) A box approx. 45cm x 40cm x 40cm was filled with poly foam particles approx. 5cm high and the bundle of antique horse has placed inside leaving approx. 3cm at each side and again fully filled with poly foam particles.
  g) The box upper lid panel has closed and sealed with adhesive tape.
  h) The box side panels were placarded with "FRAGILE" & "UPSIDE".

We informed Mr. William Ng of Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited that we would observe packing of some more items and he accordingly informed us that we had to wait for some time for the arrival of the next shipment. During our discussion we understood that the whereabouts of the shipment and their arrival time and locations are strictly confidential and no unauthorized and or unknown person is allowed to stay in the packing premises due to safe precaution reasons.

During our stay in the Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited premises.

A shipment consisting of 9 pieces of Antiques and Fine Arts arrived at the premises, which was said to be approx. of US$ 12 Million in value.

The fine arts were placed inside the shaped boxes with fine art nature internally with poly cushioned. All were fully unpacked and repacked with additional poly foam pieces and placed inside the same boxes. These boxes were repacked into customers made corrugated cardboard boxes, which were internally poly foam cushioned.

The antiques were packed in the same manner as describe earlier.

Upon all packages being into three new corrugated cardboard packing cartons the measurements were taken and a wooden crate has customary made.

Carton No.1 : 59 x66 x69cm
Carton No.2 : 62 x 62 x 38cm
Carton No.3 : 52 x 89 x 62 cm

We waited approx. one hour for the arrival of the wooden crate upon completion of fabrication. The wooden crate was made of approx. 1.25cm thickness wooden planks and dimensions of 70.5 x 117 x 132cm with corner posts of similar thickness.

The internal panels were fully covered with poly foam sheets and the three corrugated cartons were placed inside and the remaining two sides and top panel were screw fixed with due care.

During our discussion with Mr. Ng it made us to understand that the similar packing could cost approx. HK$ 2,500.00 to HK$ 3,000.00 (Say Hong Kong Dollars Two Thousand Five Hundred to three Thousand only).

4.00 Recommendations

During our stay at Sun Ming Fine Art Logistics Limited premises we opine that more close inspection of each antique and or fine art would be necessary, whilst the due consideration given to the loss prevention aspects. As such we opine the apparent damages on the items, if any, should be noted down and photographs should be taken as a proof prior to the packing of the items for the shipment.

The "FRAGILE" / "UPSIDE" placards on the packages were approx. 4" x 2" in size. The same sizes of placards were used irrespective of the size of the carton. In view of this we opine that more bigger placards should be used for the bigger dimensions packages.

5.00 Photographs

A set of photographs, taken by us at the time of our attendance, is attached to he original of this Report.

6.00 Finally

The information and recommendation contained in this report are, to the best of our knowledge and belief, TURE AND CORRECT.

Certified correct and issued without prejudice.

Hong Kong, 20th July 2001

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