Becoming an Import Export Agent

If you want to become an import-export agent, you will have to be hard-working and dedicated. If you don't have your own product to market, you can try becoming an import-export agent.

Did you know that it's possible to become an agent even if you don't invest a large amount of capital?

Becoming an Import Agent

Having your own business will allow you to earn some great profits. If you don’t have your own product to market, you can try becoming an import-export agent. Did you know that it’s possible to become an agent even if you don’t invest a large amount of capital? Perhaps the best area to start is food. There will always be a market for food, so it will be much easier to find companies that sell different kinds of products. Regardless of your location, you can find companies that manufacture products locally and never for export. If the products are of high quality and can pass for export, you can act as the export agent.

To export the products, you can use the internet to find potential buyers from different countries of the world. You can export the products to Europe, the US, and other countries. It would be an advantage to have a website and try to advertise that you’re an import-export agent. Being an expert agent is much easier because you will be dealing with local companies. With so many local companies producing food items, you are sure to convince several of them to consider exporting.

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Try to determine if you need a license as an import-export agent. A company usually chooses to do business with those who are licensed or have a permit. Consult with the concerned local government agency and check for the requirements. You can make your website more attractive if you can claim that you are licensed to be an import-export agent. Make your website user-friendly and start creating your portfolio. If you can prove to potential clients that you’re a great agent, they will be the ones who will look for you.

What are you waiting for? Start building your portfolio and attract potential clients. Some agents can earn some great money by working at night and on weekends. You can earn more if you work full-time. If you have a day job, don’t quit yet. Establish your business first and when money is starting to come in, you can consider becoming full-time. Importing can be a challenge but if you can do it right, you can succeed. When importing, you will contact companies from other countries and you will be the one to find local sellers for the products. Invest time and effort. If you are hard-working, you can become one of the best agents in your area.

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  • Abul Hasan said on May 30, 2010
    I am in Kagera Sugar (Tanzania) working in HR, i am interested in establishing myself as an import & export agent. Thanks & regards, Abul Hasan 0785679112
  • queen madonsela said on July 13, 2010
    i would like to start a company as import and export agent, i would like to know the formalities, ordering, how do i get profit, step by step, i'm based in south africa. thanks
  • Andrew said on August 19, 2010
    I'm staying in Penang, Malaysia. I'm interested to know how to become an import/ export agent
  • Eric said on September 18, 2010
    I'm staying in KL, Malaysia. I'm also very interested on import export business and i to start as an agent is what i am thinking, do you mind to point the path as what i should be consider of, what should i pay attention to and all sort of information that you think might be useful. thank you in advance.
  • RAJA SHEKARA V S said on October 25, 2010
    I wish to introduce myself as Raja shekara V.S.from Bangalore city of India. I am a Science graduate with diploma in Materials Management from Indian Institute of Materials Management, working in Commercial field for the past thirty years. As I wish to start my own import export agency. Please provide me the agency or contact person who can guide me to start the agency by providing details like the basic things reqd to set up an office, how to locate the product and target country, mailing, negotiation and closing the deal, etc. anticipating your response in this regard, thanks and regards, rajashekara v s
  • Steven Crawford said on November 9, 2010
    My name is Steven Crawford from Oceanside, California USA I would like to become an import/export agent. Shipping USA products to other states in America and other countries
  • toyer said on December 12, 2010
    i would to become an import and export agent. i'm in south africa and i'm am interested in the international trading
  • Fernando A said on December 17, 2010
    Hi, I want to start a business to export from USA to other countries, any product, please, don't hesitate to send an email if you need specific information, thanks
  • george aleu said on January 4, 2011
    I am a resident of Nairobi, Kenya. East Africa. I would like Mr. Steven Crawford from Oceanside,California, USA, to contact me as and Tel:+254 735 35 36 37. Please Ref. no 9 Import/Export inquiries.
  • priyanka pathak said on January 4, 2011
    I want to start business to export from India to other countries in cereals (i.e. wheat, rice, barley, mint oil etc). And start import from china electronic, electrical, solar products, decorative, toys items. Please send me the mail with your good suggestion. Thanks & Regards, Priyanka
  • MUKESH SHAH said on January 10, 2011
    Sub: Handling customs clearance of Import / Export consignment through Mumbai/ Nhavasheva / Airport. If you want to become an import - export agent then please contact me as I have the co. MUKESH SHAH MY MOBAIL NO; 8087973962 (MUMBAI)
  • manish said on January 19, 2011
    hello to all i want to be a import & export agent so please give me some guidelines this subject i really will be thankful to you, you can mail me regarding this on my email id that is and my cell no. 9878026621
  • manish said on January 19, 2011
    hi friends actually i have done my graduation in commerce now i want to start earning and i want to choose the export import sector for this i want to be a import export agent so please sir i u know something about it then tell me please my email id is and cell no. is 9878026621 m from patiala punjab please tell me whatever u know
  • Ganesh Bogadala said on January 21, 2011
    @Mukesh Shah. Please could you drop me a mail to as I am looking for some information in Mumbai import clearances. Thanks
  • Faisal said on January 23, 2011
    Chicago, IL, USA. I am auto whole-seller based in chicago, IL, USA. We are specialized in use/new car, motorcycle/bike, dirt-bike, RVs, and boats. For car, it has to be left hand drive. If you have any inquiry, please contact Faisal Tamin, for more information.
  • Chirag jain said on January 28, 2011
    I am interested in import export business please guide me i have multiple products with me specially food products .my cell no is 9860248765
  • V.C. Poojary said on February 6, 2011
    I have 25 years experience in imports, exports, logistics,excise and Bank finance. I am giving consultancy to manufacturer and merchant exports for development of their export and import business and having office at Mumbai, India. I have good contacts with supplier in india. If anybody required consultancy service in imports and exports, pl contact on my mobile no.9892743454 or email
  • said on February 11, 2011
    I am new into import export agent business but i found it hard to move ahead of the game due to lack of proper information or so. Please I need someone to guide me. Am from Lagos,Nigeria +2348074264114
  • R.Baldwin said on February 15, 2011
    Please send me more info about becoming a export/import trade agent. I am interested in doing this and wanted to know if you can do this part time. Please send me website, info.
  • Satish said on February 19, 2011
    Hi, i am interested to develop business of suiting, shirting, dress materials, sarees etc. With local and export i wish to start from my house situated at Vadodara, gujrat. INDIA.(M)-9426347385.
  • vikesh matani said on February 21, 2011
    hii i am from india and i want to start business as an import export agent so please guide mobile no. is 09993826868.really m thankful of u.
  • Shanti said on March 15, 2011
    Hi, i am from Kathmandu Nepal.I am very much interested to export Nepali Pashmina and Nepali Handicrafts which is made in Nepal. So, anyone interested then please contact me at or call at 977-9803688296, you can also contact at 977-9849700864.Thank you !!
  • businge robert said on March 19, 2011
    hi, i would like to know how to create trust with oversea partner in export, import business.
  • Naser Khan said on March 21, 2011
    I am from Bangladesh, interested to establish myself as an export-import agent. Please help materialise my dream. Naser,
  • arun said on March 21, 2011
    Hi, I am Arun from Mumbai. India. I want to start export business from India to USA. Can you please let me know if for exporting handicrafts from India I require some registration from USA or not? regards Arun, 9930900687
  • wellington koji said on March 21, 2011
    Hi! Am Koji from Brazil. Would much appreciate receiving yr basic tips. I would like to develop import/export business to/from Brazil. If anyone interested email to
  • gabriel said on March 25, 2011
    i want to be an import/export agent i want tips how to go about, where to get training presently i don't have products of my own i'm residing in south africa(gauteng province)my cell is 0780163946.
  • Manish Patel said on March 30, 2011
    Hello!! I am Manish from Ahmedabad, India. I am very interested in to export my home made attractive all type of hot Handicraft items from India. kindly send me details to export it. Is it possible to become a export agent my self? or It is better to export my product through export agent-company? what price I should have put to export? hope some one kind person will mail me on:
  • chandrashekhar said on April 7, 2011
    Hello i am chandru presently i am working in freight forwarding company, my education is MBA & i am very much interested to start my own business through importing materials from out countries & trading in india. plz suggest tips, 9663326464
  • Joseph kamau gitigi said on April 13, 2011
    I am joseph in nairobi looking for anybody interested in importing handcrafts from kenya.
  • Geeta Ananda Chavan said on April 14, 2011
    Hi I want to start a business in GRAIN EXPORTING. But I dont know anything about it. I stayed in mumbai. Pls guide me.
  • sunita singh said on April 21, 2011
    I don't know anything about import - export business .....can u brief me about it . I am working as teacher . I want to know what qualification do i require for it .
  • hans said on May 1, 2011
    Hi I am interested to work as an agent for export and import products from and To India . I am an Indian citizen 30 years experience worked in India Malaysia, USA Kenya . Pl contact ME ON MY EMAIL
  • Ankil said on May 5, 2011
    i live in Vadodara, Gujarat. I want to start Import export business as agent. Can u guide me. how to contact buyer & seller , in this business.
  • hishaan said on May 10, 2011
    Dear sir/madam, I have been doing exports of various items in my previous time. Now I am interested in some import export agency for overseas customers/buyers. My mobile is +919717082128
  • Prudence Dandala said on May 13, 2011
    Hi Prudence Dandala I'm interested in becoming an import and export agent and i have no idea how to go about it, please advise what are the requirements and if I have to be registered with the certain body in government. In South afica
  • Danny said on May 14, 2011
    Hi, I am presently in the United Kingdom, and also export goods to Nigeria, but will really like to be an agent (shipping) myself now. I have degrees (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) in Environmental Management fields. I am sure of customers, but need to understand what it takes to succeed in this business. I will really appreciate a guide from you. Thank you for your time, as I urgently wait to hear from you. Kind Regards, Danny,
  • Alicia Livingston said on May 20, 2011
    Burden Busters 202-446-4020. We are interested in becoming export agents. How do we get started? What licenses are required to operate in the state of Maryland? How do we determine what item demand is? How do we form relationships with suppliers and become the middle man between them and the demand. What is the standard charge for our service as the middle man?
  • Amely said on May 26, 2011
    Agent also needs certain money to support his own business as the deposit. I dont have so much money,any guy would like to import something from china. If you have clients,just contact me, i will find the competitive suppliers for you.
  • Reesha said on June 4, 2011
    Am a Maldivian, I would like to start import & Export business. please advice.
  • Blessing Oyonmi said on June 11, 2011
    Hello guys,I base in Lagos,I am looking for a business partner in Europe or America who wants to establish an export trade in accident cars or mini buses my number is +2348036466566, +2348151142808, e-mail
  • Kenan beginner adviser said on June 17, 2011
    I am in the USA and I am looking for Products to Import and Export, I actually imported some goods from China, it is doing well , yet the market is changing, I am looking for Strategic Partnerships and I am looking to network and learn all I can , I would like to the Opportunity to start small and grow. please contact me for any Questions or Advice or Opportunities. I have traveled to China and Europe, and I will be traveling in the near future || (347) 651-1855 || Consultant

  • manoj kulkarni said on June 20, 2011
    wants to begin Import/export business. I have got no idea at all, kindly guide me, thnks.
  • S.NADARAJAH said on July 3, 2011
    A.G Enterprise in Netherlands I wish to act as agent to procure materials for importers from india especially steel products and used machinery
  • Andrew Kakooza said on July 28, 2011
    I have established and export company in Uganda. (East Africa). Any one who is interested in importing agriculture products, please get in touch. If you have access to agriculture equipment that you can export at reasonable costs please get in touch. My email address is I also have an office in UK.
  • Joel NM said on August 6, 2011
    To MEHTA PARESH, please drop me an email message on my email address: to anyone who is interested in partnership you are welcome.
  • subhash said on August 17, 2011
    hi, i am science graduate but interested in export import business for that i need to be an agent first . STEP BY STEP I NEED TO PERFORM WELL THEN I WILL PERFORM WELL FOR THAT IS THERE ANY ONE TO GUIDE ME IN THE EXPORT IMPORT FIRM THEN PLEASE SEND THE COMPLETE DETAILS IN MY MAIL ID : , presently i am residing at mumbai
  • foj said on August 19, 2011
    Hi, I am a Tanzanian wish to engage myself in importing leather school shoes and probably school products from south africa. Being an agent is of preference. Any one interested please?
  • Joyce said on August 21, 2011
    we want to export our product ,chainless bickcle and automobile brake and alarm system ,we want to find sole and general agent
  • Manish Tiwari said on August 22, 2011
    Hi Manish Tiwari I'm interested in becoming an import and export agent and i have no idea how to go about it, please advise me what are the requirements and if I have to be registered with the certain body in government in india.plzzzzzzzzz Guide me
  • dilip chhatlani said on August 22, 2011
    i am in purchase dept, i get the machine made job for my organization at reasonable rate( from machines -lathe, milling, cnc), please inform if you have some items to be made, send drawing along with specification . i will forward you with best rates
  • Kunal Hasija said on August 25, 2011
    Hi, I have an export business, I export garments to U.S, If any1 interested contact me on
  • Abhishek bhandari said on August 26, 2011
    who is an import/export agent what are his duties and liabilities does he need any license for it if he need it then how can he get it and from where
  • Mshukuru Boboya said on August 26, 2011
    I love this business, can i get someone to partner with? to export handicrafts and the like from TANZANIA to overseas. TANZANIA,contact me via my E-mail;
  • shridhar Mangalore said on August 30, 2011
    hai, i am from Oman and would like to appoint some agents in africa for selling rice and food items. if any one interested kindly send me a email or call me on my mobile +96896652849 bye shridhar
  • Naresh Ahmedabad,Gujarat said on September 1, 2011
    Hi,I want to export flowers and some other agricultural products to gulf countries,If anybody can help me then please mail me at
  • dipti k simha said on September 2, 2011
    HI,i want to export ethnic banglore silk odisa silk kashmiri silk materials and sarees. can anyone help me with right details please mail me at
  • Morrow Savoy said on September 4, 2011
    I am very interested in becoming a agent. I live in Seattle, Washington.
  • Utsav Bahadur Rayamajhi said on September 5, 2011
    This is utsav from nepal and I am interested in import and export business,as I dont have any idea but,one thing I have that is capability to do it and achieve my height and if any one is interested to be partner with me,it will be my pleasure . Please do help me giving some suggestion through it as my email address is
  • walter said on September 9, 2011
    Myself WALTER from the border town Moreh in Manipur (India)which is situated at the Indo-Myanmar Border in the Indian territory. Which is about 110 Km from the state capital Imphal. i wanna become an Import/Export Agent in this town, presently i'm confused what should i do, my desire is to become an ideal businessman. pliz do inform me ur good suggestion
  • Rabbani said on September 10, 2011
    I would like to become an export-import agent. Mostly agricultural products including Fine Rice, potato, Chili, Zinger, Garlic, Maize etc would be the export items. I know nothing about export-import. I require all sorts of assistance. I stay at Bogra (Bangladesh) now. Thanks.
  • Ahmed Al-Habshi said on September 10, 2011
    My name is Ahmed Al-Habshi from Sultanate Of Oman. I would like to become an export and import agent of Sugar in Oman. i would like to know the formalities, ordering and how do i get profit step by step please. Best Regards
  • ogunkanmi femi said on September 14, 2011
    Hi, my name is femi, I'm from nigeria...there quite a lot of market for imported goods in the country.I'm looking forward to meeting business associates from around the world who might be interested in importing to nigeria various products of any kind... You can contact me Thanks
  • Rahil said on September 22, 2011
  • Smokie Chief said on September 23, 2011
    Thanks for the information on imports/export you shared.I am from San Jose CA USA.Very much interested on the above topic. To all of you outside America who are in the same boat..why dont you be my agent and become your agent from the states. So lets do our home work and contact each other once you are ready to import or export a product.. Cell bless.
  • Md. Habibullah Habib said on September 24, 2011
  • Abhishek bhandari said on September 27, 2011
    sir i want to became an import/export agent can you tell me the procedure of it i mean what is the formalities in it i'm living in india agra can you tell me the important tips for becoming an agent in import/export how can i influence people overseas with their product
  • Griselda said on September 30, 2011
    Hi, I would like to open an Import/Export Company in USA and work with European products, may you please let me know the procedures? Thank you.
  • sheena puran said on October 3, 2011
  • Kiran Singh said on October 5, 2011
    hello, My name is kiran i work as agent in Guangzhou already for several years, If any body wanting to do business in China and need to find trustable agent then it's me. Contact me at 13828437650
  • faisal said on October 11, 2011
    Dear Experts,Guide, first of all i would like to thank you for the assistance you do for us in regard import & export business. Actually i am an indian and living in saudi arabia since long time and now i got interest export some of exclusive goods like branded wears plus branded watches etc. so i would like to have such high profile buyers in bangalore and in india and i would like know how can i establish legally export from saudi arabia and then sale in india. does it required any legal license or any agents or what should i do to establish it and what legal formality i must apply please. i would very much thanks for your assistance in this regard in advance. i look forward to hear from you soon. 009662277393
  • ravikant said on October 14, 2011
    i want to know about import export business what required formalities there and how much will cost there
  • Shameek said on October 18, 2011
    I am a marketing executive from Kolkata, India. I want to be an export agent. I dont have too much money. I want to be an export agent. Please tell me the step by step of becoming an export agent and please tell me what is the minimum amount of money I required to be an export agent specially in food items and also other items.
  • kiran said on October 19, 2011
    This is kiran who lives in Guangzhou. I'm an agent and if you are looking for import export agent in China then i am the right choices. Tell me the goods that you want to import and i can help for the custom clearance and shipping and many other things. my email is, Thank you
  • vamshichekuri said on October 21, 2011
    i am vamshi i am from nalgonda andhra pradesh india i want to import mobiles from china at bulk order
  • kumar said on October 21, 2011
    i want to become a import/export agent. i'm from malysia. my mobile number 0126032401
  • Philip Onyango said on October 25, 2011
    Hi, I am Agent for Importers and Exporters worldwide i'm in Nairobi Kenya you can reach me on email: or +254721831430
  • Mohd. Tasneem said on October 27, 2011
    I want to start business to export from India to other countries mainly saudi arabia and dubai in cereals (i.e. wheat, rice, barley, mint oil etc). And also start import other edible products from china . Please send me the mail with your good suggestion. Thanks & Regards, Mohd. Tasneem
  • Bhaskar said on October 28, 2011
    If you are interested in Export business in a small scale you can contact me, I have 17 years of rich experience in this field. I have both sellers from India as well as buyers abroad. I stay in Bangalore. I have dealt with various types of products and also know what all registrations and certificates you need to export your products. I can also do marketing for your products both national and international. If interested call me on +919611199555.
  • Aniket said on November 1, 2011
    i want to become an import and export agent. But can some one guide me with the shipment and all stuff.
  • Abdulla Mejalli said on November 2, 2011
    I am the former Commercial Specialist at the US Embasy Kuwait. I can easily help US companies interested in doing business in Kuwait and other Arbian Gulf countries.
  • vijay said on November 5, 2011
    i am from oman interested to import sugar. any parties that can provide me the relevant details to move further are most welcome mail me at
  • Mr. AR said on November 9, 2011
    I'm from Mexico and I would like to be an export or import agent for any possible worldwide market (Silver, Agriculture, Handcrafts, Leather, Food, Technology, Construction, etc...) do not hesitate to contact me for any information
  • Mr. R. D said on November 10, 2011
    Hi, i m from Delhi , india. I want to start import business from Europe, USA in scrap ( metal, ferrous/ non ferrous, HMS-1/2). Please tell me the process for starting the Business . thanks you
  • suman said on November 13, 2011
    i want to do nepali pashmina and handicrafts business in california, anyone wishing in similar business can contact me.
  • Abhijit Mitra said on November 13, 2011
    Hello, I am Abhijit from Durgapur, West Bengal, India. I want to start export agency trade. I want to meet exp. people from Calcutta who can give me guidance and support. Cont. me :
  • B Sandhu said on November 24, 2011
    Hi,We are from Melbourne Australia. Any one interested in Importing Australian wine or beer? Please contact Thank you
  • Nazzy. said on November 26, 2011
    Hi, i'm Nazzy, from Harare,Zimbabwe. I would be interested in becoming an auto broker or agent of exUk cars. I carried out surveys on customers in Zimbabwe who need low priced cars, got good responses, i have buyers but no capital. Anyone in Uk interested?
  • Rajeev Barai said on November 27, 2011
    I'm residing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Interested to be an export-import agent. Eager to import goods from india, china, korea for Bangladesh. And export Bangladeshi products to India, Canada and other parts of the world. Need assistance who can guide me through the process.
  • Moses said on November 27, 2011
    Resident in ibadan Nigeria. Interested in import/exports I want used cars from faisal of Chicago. Pls mail me.
  • Sathya said on November 29, 2011
    Hi I am sathya from pondicherry, India, Just now started an export company and looking for reliable orders for agricultural products, Handloom lungies, Bamboo furniture, Scented candles..etc If anyone interested please contact 00 91 9677383972.
  • suresh said on November 30, 2011
    as i have already started a business of customs clearance agent in bangalore,india. pl help me to get the clients pl,exports and imports
  • VISHAL NIKALJE said on November 30, 2011
  • ahmed mubarak said on December 4, 2011
    i am in dubai for more than five years experience in marketing i am looking to become a export agent please assist me -0558118317,
  • vivek said on December 5, 2011
    Hi, i am based out of bangalore . I am very much interested in becoming an import and export agent. please assist .
  • siraj said on December 6, 2011
    hi, i'm siraj from mangalore south india, planing import some machine tools from china and sweden. i need some help. like license, clearance, transport, etc
  • Thabo said on December 6, 2011
    hi, i am Thabo from johannesburg, South africa i would like to become an agent of imported machinery from China and india. I need some help on how to become an export/import agent. i can be reached at
  • Anna Chinchi said on December 6, 2011
    Hi,am Tanzanian woman,i would like to become an exporter of handcrafts made,please lets build trust and work together,if anyone interested just give me a call through this number +255304484 so that we can start a business to build our nations,please give a plan on how we gonna start.
  • anand said on December 11, 2011
    hi i am export agent from china we basically export to india . any one want any kind of help regarding importing goods from china to india , nepal and bhuttan or any other country you can contact my email address . or if you are planning to come to china and start any business. you can contact in the mail

    hi siraj you can contact me in to import from china . if you feel ok than only go further steps.
  • himanshu said on December 12, 2011
    We are an international trading company dealing in rice & sugar with head office in Geneva. We are looking to appoint agents in the African continent. People who would be interested should send us a mail with all the relevant details. Rgds, Himanshu


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