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					Global Sourcing: Importing For Everyone

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Summary:
Importing products can be an overwhelming prospect for the online seller
– the thought of dealing with international laws, Customs, and tax issues
is intimidating. But according to Ron Vinceslio, of
http://UniPacInternational.com, “The pay-off is worth the effort. If
you’re even at the point of buying inventory in case lots, learning to
import is definitely something to consider as a next move.”

Help Wanted
If you choose to begin importing yourself, it’s important that y...


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Article Body:
Importing products can be an overwhelming prospect for the online seller
– the thought of dealing with international laws, Customs, and tax issues
is intimidating. But according to Ron Vinceslio, of
http://UniPacInternational.com, “The pay-off is worth the effort. If
you’re even at the point of buying inventory in case lots, learning to
import is definitely something to consider as a next move.”

Help Wanted
If you choose to begin importing yourself, it’s important that you do
everything possible on the front end to validate that a supplier is
genuine before doing business with them. By performing due diligence, you
can minimize the risks inherent in importing. If, however, you’re not yet
ready to deal directly with overseas manufacturers on your own, there are
numerous outsourcing services that can help you get started right:

• A Strategic Global Sourcing Company, like
http://UniPacInternational.com, can help you, not only in finding
legitimate suppliers, but in every area of importing. They provide
stateside reps who take the time to understand your product needs. Some
even offer online project management systems that let you view the
factory’s production schedule, and interact with your overseas sourcing
agent.

Additionally, these companies actually visit every factory they deal
with. To ensure quality, they place agents onsite while your goods are in
production. And they conduct competitive bidding with manufacturers
around the globe to bring you the lowest possible manufacturing costs.

• Online Overseas Wholesalers, such as http://GlobalSourcesDirect.com and
http://Chinavasion.com, buy inventory direct from overseas manufacturers
and make it available to you through their online stores. Their low
minimum orders allow you to start out with small, affordable quantities,
and increase your orders as you grow comfortable with the processes
involved.

Overseas wholesale sites let you source thousands of products at factory
direct prices, while avoiding long lead times. They offer an easy entry
point into importing, with little risk or investment.

• Online Import/Export Marketplaces, like http://GlobalSources.com and
http://AliBaba.com, connect you to global product suppliers for your E-
Biz. You can make inquiries, and negotiate directly with manufacturers.
Some sites will even send you email updates regarding new supplier
products.

Some sites, like GlobalSources, verify and regularly update their
suppliers’ details. They also visit every factory they list, so you know
you’re only dealing with genuine manufacturers and suppliers. Other sites
are paid listings – so while they’re great for finding product sources,
you need to be careful and take steps to ensure those sources are
legitimate.

• Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders are another resource for
importing help. They can assist you in locating suppliers, calculating
duties and landing costs, and determining the most economical shipping
arrangements. They can also ensure you’re complying with international
trade laws, and resolve any Customs problems that arise. To find a
reputable broker or forwarder, check with the trade association to which
your products pertain.

When done correctly, importing can enable you to see significant cost
savings in your E-Biz. Encourages Vinceslio, “To whatever degree you
need, there is help available as you learn the importing process, so
don’t let a few complications stop you from experiencing lower prices and
higher profits.”

				
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