Find out how to become an export agent
& CEO Mr. Roosevelt Roby
"The World Business Exchange
Network supports International Trade"
George W. Bush
"Trade with America will be done
in a free and fair way"
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President Bill Clinton
"Today record high exports account
for fully 1/3 of our economic growth."
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To someone with little or no export experience,
the business of international trade can seem complex and intimidating.
But there is a way to become involved at an entry level that allows
you to test the waters and get a feel for what the market is looking
As an export agent, you can become
a "finder" of products for foreign firms that want to purchase
American goods. An export agent works as a private contractor
representing US manufacturers to potential distributors overseas.
Other professional positions that exist in the field of International
Trade include: Freight Forwarder, Expeditor, Documentation Clerk,
Customer Service Representative and Entrepreneur.
What can be exported
You may already have a product in mind that
you want to export, or knowledge of a certain market you want to
supply. It would be to your advantage to work with items and geographical
areas that you understand. There is, however, unlimited opportunity
in the fascinating world of trade.
Just about anything you can think of
can be exported to the international marketplace. You can choose
to develop a market and export just one item, or you can diversify
and trade a number of products that have international appeal. The
only limitation is for items that are subject to government regulation,
such as military hardware and certain electronic components.
Which approach to use
Another consideration is whether to take the
direct approach, or the indirect approach
to international buying and selling.
- With the direct approach, you are responsible for shipping
the product overseas.
- With the indirect approach, you can deal through another
US or foreign firm that acts as a sales intermediary and that
will normally assume the responsibility for moving the products
For small shipments, you may choose to ship
the product yourself. You have a number of options that virtually
eliminate the red tape involved in export declarations and documentation.
Major international shipping companies such as United Parcel
Service, Federal Express and DHL handle all the customs regulations
for you. You simply supply them with a document stating the package
contents, country of origin, declared value, and three copies of
a commercial invoice.
Or, your can send your package via US Express International
Mail. The Post Office requires only a statement of package contents
and value and whether it is a gift, business papers or merchandise.
Large shipments may require more time and
attention to customs requirements, insurance, packing and documentation.
In that case, you can engage the services of a freight forwarding
or shipping company that handles such details on a regular basis.
All you need to get started
As an export agent; you can operate from
home on a full or part-time basis. All the equipment you need is a
computer and internet access. It's the easiest way to get involved
in international trade with no inventory, no warehousing and no capital
required to buy merchandise.