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Improving Import Benefits

Improving Import Benefits

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Contact us If you are already in the import business and looking to improve your benefits here are some things you might want to consider.  The first thing you can do is work with a government-regulated trading program. Doing this will be more than worth the investment because they will help you navigate doing business with countries with strict regulations. Many programs are restrictive and overbearing but they do have many benefits for foreign importers including reduced risk when trading with a government-approved firm. Working with a government-regulated trading program is also a good idea if you want to increase your security.  A second thing you can do to improve your import benefits is to hire a third-party risk assessment. A compliance consultant or firm will help you assess risk and evaluate your import logistics. Many import companies have a staff member dedicated to compliance, but the downside is that often times staff members who are familiar with business operations, overlook potential threats. Hiring a third-party will eliminate this risk and best alert you of risks before they arise.  The last thing you can do to improve your import benefits is to develop a niche! For example, if you are running a new import business, you might be only importing one product. However, certain forms of the product may sell better than others. Compare the products that cost the most to import based on things like cost per product, customs, and shipping fees, to your most profitable products based on highest demand. Then ask yourself if there is a way to eliminate products that are costly and low-volume sellers. Generally speaking, you want to put all of your efforts towards products that are cheapest to obtain and the ones that bring in the highest revenue.  Work with a government-regulated trading program, hire a third-party risk assessment consultant/firm, and develop a niche to improve your import benefits! For more tips on importing reach out to us here at Dutycalc. 

Different Players 

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Different Players 

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Contact us If you are looking to start an import/export business one of the first things you must understand are the different kinds players. Understanding what each of these different players do is essential to running a successful import/export business. Sure, there are importers and exporters but there are many variations on the main theme. Today we will focus on three different players – an export management company (EMC), export trading company (ETC), and import/export merchants.  EMC: These guys handle export operations for any domestic company that wants to sell its product overseas but is unsure how to do so. An EMC can do everything from hiring dealers, invoicing your customers, communicating with distributors and representatives, handling advertising and marketing promotions, overseeing marking and packaging, arranging shipping, and much more. These guys basically do it all. EMCs typically specialize by product, foreign market, or both.  ETC: While EMCs are taking care of all of the merchandising to sell and focusing on seeking out buyers, an ETC is a bit different. They attack the other side of the trading coin. ETCs usually specialize in identifying what foreign buyers want to spend their money on and then they hunt down domestic sources willing to export. ETCs will often times take title to the good and sometimes they work on a commission basis.  Import/Export Merchant: This is somewhat of a generic title that basically identifies a person who is an international entrepreneur that has no specific client base and does not specialize in any one industry or line of products. Instead this person purchases goods directly from a domestic or foreign manufacturer and then packs, ships, and resells the goods. Unlike an EMC, an import/export merchant assumes all risks as well as profits.  Understand how each of these players differ and you will be in much better position to make those big business decisions going forward. For more information on the import/export industry, stay tuned on our blog. 

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Mitigating the Impact of Tariffs 

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Importers and exporters within the United States are looking for ways to mitigate the impact of recent tariffs that have been levied on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of goods. Though policy changes seem to be continuously changing month to month, there are ways to avoid or reduce duties. Below are a few strategies that companies can use to work around these duties.  Businesses can request to exclude specific products from the tariffs through the Department of Commerce and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In order to do this, businesses must explain how and why their imported goods are critical to the United States economy. When a convincing case has been made, the request has been approved. Beforehand, businesses need to review the exclusions granted on List 1-3 to determine if their own imports are covered.  Businesses can shift operations away from one country to another to escape duty increases. Essentially, businesses should change the imported product’s country of origin. For example, the United States Customs and Border Protection has found that the complex assembly of numerous parts, modules, or subassemblies into dedicated machines results in a substantial transformation of the components so that their country of origin is where the finished product was produced. This might be an expensive and difficult change, but it could result in saving on increased tariffs. Businesses can file for duty drawback. This is probably the most effective way to get back money from these tariffs. Using resources like those offered from Dutycalc can help businesses get a refund of up to 99% of duties and fees paid on imported goods.  Use these strategies to help mitigate the impact of tariffs. For more information on anything regarding the import and export industry, please reach out to us here at Dutycalc. 

Take Your Business Global

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Take Your Business Global 

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Doing business with international companies is a very daunting yet rewarding task, if done correctly. If you are in the import and export industry looking for ways to improve the way you trade across borders, here are three tips from our experts at DutyCalc.

  1. Learn the logistics with the help of a freight forwarder or customs broker. Shipping goods overseas is a complicated business. There are so many logistical processes that need to be considered. Goods must be packed and labeled correctly, accompanied by the right documentation, and sent using the appropriate shipping method. On top of all of those aspects, all of this needs to occur efficiently and in the most cost-effective way. To make sure all of the necessary boxes are checked, most businesses invest in trusted freight forwarders and/or customs brokers. These companies will help alleviate the stressful complications that are required while ensuring that your goods get to their destination quickly and safely. The best freight forwarders and customs brokers have a strong network of contacts and agents in the countries you will be doing business with and come backed with positive references.
  1. Research different payment methods. Finding the most cost-effective way to send money overseas is challenging as the banks that handle all of your other financial accounts are known to have high fees and poor exchange rates. Each transaction can cost you anywhere between $10-$30. Similarly, your bank’s exchange rate is probably significantly lower than the real exchange rate (~5% lower). The point here being that you should always compare the exchange rates and extra fees offered from your bank with special money transfer services (Western Union). You could save a lot of money and avoid bank traps if you do your research.

 

  1. Get expert help and advice! As stated before, entering the import and export industry is a daunting task. So, don’t do it alone! Our company, DutyCalc is one resource that you can use to find answers to all of your import and export questions. We have over 40 years of industry knowledge and our team has backgrounds in all areas ranging from drawback solutions to U.S. Customs regulations. We are here to help in any way as we understand that this industry can be very confusing. Use DutyCalc as a resource and we will gladly partner with you through your journey.

For more tips or more information about DutyCalc, visit our website or contact us directly! We look forward to doing business with you!

Understanding  Risks

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Understanding  Risks

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Entering the global marketplace is a challenge that requires education, experience, and a driven mindset. Along with these qualities you must understand that this industry comes with risks that could lead to significant repercussions. Before entering the international marketplace, understand these risks and how to avoid them. 

One risk that import and export businesses face is unpredictable shipping logistics. When its all said and done, your business success is dependent on whether you can ship goods safely and efficiently. You need to make sure that your product gets from point A to point B on time. You need to account for everything that could possibly go wrong from an employee calling in sick to damage to the cargo. The best way to mitigate this risk is to stay organized, be prepared, and partner with a reliable freight forwarder that will help you ship your goods without a hitch. 

Another risk that import and export businesses face is not knowing enough about the current market. For example, did you know that exports contracted 6% last month which narrowed the trade deficit to $13.45 billion? Did you know that this was the second time that exports contracted in the current fiscal year? If not, you need to do more research on the current market. With the trade war causing changes to the global marketplace daily, it is important to consider those changes before you decide to enter the industry. 

The last risk that import and export businesses face is running into problems at the border. Customs is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, hurdle that importers and exporters have to face. Customs rules are not uniform throughout the world. To avoid significant slowdowns at international customs, again, do your research or hire experts in customs law and trade compliance to help you navigate this area of the business. 

Bottom line is that the import and export business is one with opportunity but is also one that comes with risks. To find success in this industry understand all of the risks, stay organized, prepare for the worst, and know how to handle logistics. If you have all of these qualities, you will be that much closer to finding success in the import and export industry. 

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Starting Your Import Export Business

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Starting your own business is hard. Starting your own import/export business is even harder. There is much more to understand and things can go really bad really fast if you are not careful. That being said, if you have the experience, education, grit, and drive to take on this industry you can be successful. If you are looking to get into the import/export industry by starting your own business here are a few pointers that we recommend you follow. 

You need a strong online presence. Without an online presence you will not be able to have a networked import/export business. The goal of this is to balance the flow of communications, sell products online, and most importantly build your customer base to drive profits for your international business. Having a professional blog on your website will allow you to have a continuous flow of engaging communications with your clients, something that most customers want in brand new companies. 

Along with an online presence you need to find out what you want to sell. This includes understanding which markets are good to enter. We recommend that you find a product or industry that you are passionate about and that you think could sell in international markets. Looking for which markets to enter is where your trend-spotting skills come in to play. In general, the best products are ones that are just starting to become popular or show some promise to being so in the future. Do your research and think before you begin because finding the right product and the right market is probably the biggest decision you will make. 

When you have your online presence and product/industry decided, focus on your logistics. Logistics is the most complex aspect of importing and exporting. Think about it, you have to take a product created somewhere and sell it somewhere else. For example, how do the grapes from the vineyard in South Africa make it to the wine glasses of drinkers in California? Every successful business has a strong logistics team, plan, and strategy that makes the flow very easy for all employees. When you get your logistics down to a science, you will be ready to hit the ground running. 

Building a strong online presence, figuring out what to sell and where, and getting logistics down is all very important in this industry. However, these are only three of the many aspects that make a successful import/export business. Bottom line is that this industry is a complex system that requires nothing but hard work and determination. 

For more recommendations or for more general information on the import/export industry give us a call or browse our website. 

Import Export Drawback.NET Technology

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So much of today’s business success comes from the implementation and usage of compelling technology. Technology can have many benefits across all industries, especially the import/export industry. Today we’ll talk about how technology, specifically the Drawback.NET software, can help your business. 

As mentioned before in previous articles, Drawback.NET is a hands on tool that allows business owners in the import/export industry to file drawback themselves. This resource has proven to help business owners successfully file for years. Why? Because it’s easy, accurate, efficient. 

Drawback.NET is user friendly and intuitive. It’s not a complex software system that requires an IT or tech specialist. This resource was designed so anyone in the industry can use it and understand it with ease. The software does the majority of the hard work. Simply read the instructions and follow them correctly. If there are any questions or concerns while using the system, simply call our service center and we’ll be happy to help. Filing for drawback can be a long and tedious task, but with a system like Drawback.NET filing will become much easier. 

Drawback.NET is also beneficial for businesses in the import/export industry because it files accurately. This resource is compliant with all Customs Regulations like tariffs and Schedule B’s. The import/export industry is one that seems to have changing rules/regulations quite frequently. Because of this the DutyCalc staff is always making updates to the software so it’s compliant with all recent filing requirements. Drawback.NET is the most accurate filing software and one that you can always trust. 

Lastly, Drawback.NET is a resourceful tool because it’s efficient for business owners. Doing paperwork by hand, staying up to date on the new tariff regulations, and making phone calls throughout the day just to file one claim is a waste of time. Businesses often times don’t have the time to file and this eventually leads to lost money. This is why Drawback.NET is so useful; because it makes the end to end filing process more efficient. No more paperwork and tedious written work. All of it can now be done thanks to technology through Drawback.NET. 

DutyCalc’s Drawback.NET is easy, accurate, and efficient. For any business owner in the industry that is music to their ears. Save time and help your business successfully file for drawback by using Drawback.NET. Give us a call or stay updated on our blog for more information. 

Partner with DutyCalc

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Partner with DutyCalc

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When it comes to dealing with money, it is important to work with reliable and trustworthy partners. Whether you’re running a small business or a Fortune 500 company, you don’t want to run the risk of losing money because of a bad partnership. Good financial partnerships are critical especially for companies in the import/export industry because of all the details regarding drawback. If you and your business are in the import/export industry and in need of a dependable partner to help with drawback, look no further than DutyCalc. Here are 3 of the most important factors that make DutyCalc the best partners for importers and exporters.

DutyCalc has experience. Collectively, the DutyCalc team has over 4 decades of experience in duty drawback. Part of DutyCalc’s experience in duty drawback has come from partnerships with some of the biggest companies you can think of. Companies like FedEx, Fender, and TaylorMade are all current or previous clients of DutyCalc. We understand how to manage duty drawback for large companies, and we understand all of the necessary steps in the process based on our experience. Put your trust in us as we have the knowledge of how to be successful.

DutyCalc has a proven track record. Whether it was the full service drawback or the software system, Drawback.NET, we have helped clients from around the country claim drawback without fail. We help clients claim up to 99% of duty drawback! DutyCalc systems are efficient and cut down processing times significantly. Our process works and will be worth the investment. Refer to our Testimonials to see our successful track record with our clients.

Last but not least, partner with DutyCalc because we always put customers first. Providing the best customer service is our number one goal so, as a client, understand that your needs come first. If you don’t understand part of the drawback process, we’ll walk you through every step. If you’re running into technical problems with Drawback.NET, call our support team and they won’t hang up until your problem is fixed. Happy customers are what drives our business, so making them happy is our number one priority. By partnering with DutyCalc, you and your needs will always come first.

For those in the import/export industry, partner with DutyCalc as we are partners that you can rely on and trust. We have experience with some of the largest companies on Earth, we have a proven track record, and you will always get great customer service. For more information on what DutyCalc has to offer, give us a call! We look forward to working with you.

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