B-6986, NOVEMBER 18, 1939, 19 COMP. GEN. 509

B-6986: Nov 18, 1939

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TO MEAN THAT IT "WAS WILLING TO SHIP ORDERS TRANSPORTATION PREPAID TO ANY POINT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. 1939: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 3. AS FOLLOWS: THERE IS SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION OF WHETHER SMITH. CLAIMS IT WAS THE INTENTION OF THAT CONCERN TO SHIP ORDERS TRANSPORTATION PREPAID TO ANY POINT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. WHICH WAS ASSIGNED CONTRACT NO. IS NOW ON FILE IN YOUR OFFICE. THERE IS ENCLOSED HEREWITH COPY OF LETTER DATED AUGUST 25. WHICH IS SELF-EXPLANATORY. IT IS REQUESTED THAT YOUR DECISION BE EXPEDITED AND THE ENCLOSURE FORWARDED HEREWITH BE RETURNED AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE. BY THIS WE INTENDED TO MEAN THAT WE ARE WILLING TO SHIP ORDERS TRANSPORTATION PREPAID TO ANY POINT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.

B-6986, NOVEMBER 18, 1939, 19 COMP. GEN. 509

CONTRACTS - FREIGHT CHARGES - VOLUNTARY ASSUMPTION BY CONTRACTOR WHERE AN ACCEPTED BID PROVIDES FOR DELIVERY OF SUPPLIES "F.O.B. WASHINGTON, D.C., " BUT THE CONTRACTOR STATES IT INTENDED ITS BID "F.O.B. WASHINGTON, D.C.' TO MEAN THAT IT "WAS WILLING TO SHIP ORDERS TRANSPORTATION PREPAID TO ANY POINT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES," AND HAS REQUESTED THAT THE CONTRACT BE SO REGARDED, THE CONTRACTOR'S REQUEST, BEING IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, MAY BE COMPLIED WITH.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL BROWN TO THE ADMINISTRATOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS, NOVEMBER 18, 1939:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 3, 1939, AS FOLLOWS:

THERE IS SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION THE QUESTION OF WHETHER SMITH, KLINE AND FRENCH LABORATORIES, 105 NORTH FIFTH STREET, PHILADELPHIA PA., MAY BE PERMITTED TO CORRECT ITS BID ON INVITATION NO. 615, OPENED BY THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION FEBRUARY 15, 1939, COVERING MEDICINAL SPECIALTIES TO BE SUPPLIED THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION AS REQUIRED DURING THE PERIOD BEGINNING APRIL 1, 1939, AND ENDING MARCH 31, 1940. IN ITS BID SMITH, KLINE AND FRENCH LABORATORIES INDICATED THAT IT WOULD FURNISH THE ITEMS F.O.B. WASHINGTON, D.C., BUT CLAIMS IT WAS THE INTENTION OF THAT CONCERN TO SHIP ORDERS TRANSPORTATION PREPAID TO ANY POINT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.

BID OF SMITH, KLINE AND FRENCH LABORATORIES, WHICH WAS ASSIGNED CONTRACT NO. VAP-13336 1/2, IS NOW ON FILE IN YOUR OFFICE.

THERE IS ENCLOSED HEREWITH COPY OF LETTER DATED AUGUST 25, 1939, FROM THE ABOVE CONCERN, WHICH IS SELF-EXPLANATORY.

IT IS REQUESTED THAT YOUR DECISION BE EXPEDITED AND THE ENCLOSURE FORWARDED HEREWITH BE RETURNED AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.

SMITH, KLINE AND FRENCH LABORATORIES, BY LETTER OF AUGUST 25, 1939, STATED:

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 28TH, INFORMING US THAT ITEMS NO. 5 AND NO. 8 OF OUR PROPOSAL OF FEBRUARY 6TH HAS BEEN ACCEPTED.

IN FILLING OUT INVITATION NO. 615 WE INDICATED THAT WE WOULD SHIP ANY ITEM F.O.B. WASHINGTON, D.C. BY THIS WE INTENDED TO MEAN THAT WE ARE WILLING TO SHIP ORDERS TRANSPORTATION PREPAID TO ANY POINT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. BY PREPAYING SHIPMENTS WE SAVE OURSELVES CONSIDERABLE BOOKKEEPING, AND YOU, OF COURSE, BENEFIT MATERIALLY THEREBY.

LAST YEAR ON SHIPMENTS MADE TO THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION, WE MARKED OUR INVOICES TO READ " PREPAID TO DESTINATION. NO FURTHER CLAIM WILL BE MADE FOR TRANSPORTATION.'

WE FEEL SURE THAT YOU WILL WISH US TO PREPAY TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL ITEMS SHIPPED TO YOU UNDER CONTRACT VAP-13336 1/2. WE SHALL BE GLAD TO HAVE YOU TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.

THE OFFER OF SMITH, KLINE AND FRENCH LABORATORIES BEING IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, CONTRACT NO. VAP-13336 1/2, DATED FEBRUARY 25, 1939, MAY BE REGARDED AS PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT BY THE CONTRACTOR OF TRANSPORTATION CHARGES TO ANY POINT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. A COPY OF THIS DECISION WILL BE ATTACHED TO THE CONTRACT ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE.

THE LETTER OF SMITH, KLINE AND FRENCH LABORATORIES, DATED AUGUST 25, 1939, IS RETURNED HEREWITH.