Thinking of getting started in the importing business? There are a lot of things to consider when deciding to enter the world of imports. Part one of our article started out by giving you some details on picking suppliers and forwarding agents. Part two takes a closer look at other steps to consider when importing cargo.
If you are thinking of getting into the business of importing, you may need some ideas about where to start. Importing can be tricky. There are some initial things that you should look into before you begin.
This is a good guide of practical advice for first time importers or people who are new to the business.
Visit Your Customs Office
Customs are going to be the keepers of all the legal aspects of your cargo. Because of this, a visit to your local customs office can tell you a lot about what you need. This includes:
- What sort of licenses or registrations you might require in order to import goods
- What the Duty structure is
- If there are any special permits required for the cargo you are thinking of importing
- Is the cargo allowed to be imported at all? This can be very important for goods like food, lumber or wildlife.
Your customs broker should be able to answer all of these questions for you before you begin planning the next steps of your importing business.
In the previous two blogs, we have introduced to you several tips that you may find helpful when you become involved with transloading services. In this entry, we will discuss the final four.
Transloading goods from one vehicle to another vehicle is a process that can offer many benefits. When executed correctly, it can improve reliability, increase flexibility and supply chain velocity, cut down shipping costs, and reduce cycle times. However, if not executed correctly, it can result in nasty business for your business. To help you avoid the common mistakes in transloading, we wish to provide you with ten essential tips.