Consultant or advisors are experts having ample knowledge about a specific industry, field, or market. Knowing the ins and outs of some particular industry means that they are well equipped to help their clients, especially those who are relatively new in this field. You can also think of hiring a consultant, when you don’t have enough time to personally look after some important project, or you can hire these consultants to train your staff.
Import and export consultants are specifically helpful when you are looking to trade in new emerging markets like the big four (Brazil, China, Russia, and India). Markets like China or India may provide real business opportunities, but for a new comer, it is not a walk in the park to go and start trading with Chinese suppliers, manufacturers, exporters, or distributors. If wholesale import and export was that simple, everybody would be doing it, since it can open a floodgate of opportunities for all kinds of businesses. What actually keeps all kinds of businesses from jumping into international trade are a number of obstructions. To start importing, one needs to have ample information about the documentation, laws, custom duties, etc, and that is where an import & export consultants comes handy.
One option is to gather all sorts of information from the sources like internet, material published by the chamber of commerce, government authorities, and try to learn the ins and outs of international trade. However it will take a lot of time, and sometimes one doesn’t have that much time to learn each and everything by themselves. Very few wholesale traders have this much time to go through booklets, research reports, and government policies themselves. And that’s not all, in addition to the general import and export procedures; you will also need to get familiar with the language and the business culture in that particular region. As you can see, there’s quite some learning involved before you can start importing.
How hiring a consultant can help?
A more convenient way to manage all that is to hire an import & export consultant, especially the one who has sufficient knowledge and experience of wholesale trade, shipments, documentation, and the likes. An import & export consultant will be able to help you with all, or some of the following tasks.
A competent import & export consultant can take care of pretty much everything related to wholesale trading while you can focus on other, more important tasks.