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Ending the Swiss government’s 40 cent minimum translation rate

Monday, July 2, 2018  
Posted by: Dana Walker
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Imagine if you were to bid for a CHF 6.5m (USD 6.57m) piece of public sector translation

 

business at CHF 0.34 (USD 0.35) per word. When the results are out, you are told that it’s too cheap and that you should have offered at least CHF 0.40 per word. In disbelief, you appeal the decision only to have your case thrown out on a technicality. Or, imagine if, after you submitted your bid, the buyer comes back asking you to kindly increase your rate to their CHF 0.40 minimum buying price. That is what happened to a couple of Swiss language service providers (LSPs) in 2016.

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