Starting an Import Export Business

If you want to start an import-export business, there are so many things that you need to consider. You should be well versed with the different facets of the industry and you need to possess the right knowledge.

Getting the needed licensing requirements and contacting the consulates or embassies are some of your tasks.

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Today, international trade is really among the hottest industries because countries from all over the world have their respective supplies of merchandise and commodities that other countries need. Because of this, trading has already existed since prehistoric men, the biblical age, and the great caravans. Thanks to the modern technological advances, import-export businesses today are quite rewarding in terms of personal satisfaction and profit.

Importing and exporting is big business. Savvy traders will surely love the benefits of this type of business. The import business is very popular because of availability, cachet, and price. Importing is necessary since one can’t possibly grow everything in his or her home country. Another thing is that a lot of people think that buying imported items like Egyptian cotton, French perfume, German beer, and Scandinavian furniture is better than buying the ones found locally because they think that the items are classier.

Did you know that some imported items are cheaper than the ones found locally? Some great examples are Mexican clothing, Taiwanese electronics, and Korean toys. Two factors can affect the import and export business – the available resources in the local area and the technology. For example, if one country has an extensive resource of oil and refinery technology it will export oil to other countries but in turn, it will need to import clothes.

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This kind of business is not for everyone. If you’re the kind of person who is sales-phobic, this may not be the business opportunity for you. You need to enjoy making follow-ups and sales pitches. Aside from that, you should be an enthusiastic person, good at tracking shipping receipts and invoices, and most especially, you should be excited about dealing with different kinds of people and cultures. Having some background in the import-export business is an advantage. By the time you open your business, you should be well versed. Adequate preparation is necessary if you want to succeed.

You should contact the embassies and consulates of other countries and establish communication. A registration number is required and you can obtain it from the local taxation department. You will need to comply with the various licensing requirements. Choose to export in countries where there are no trade barriers so that you can conduct business smoothly. You will also need to secure a Letter of Credit and you can check with the bank about it. As you can see, there are so many considerations so try to prepare ahead of time.

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  • rolphi cardoza said on June 11, 2010
    I want to start business in mumbai mira road please advice me which type of import and export things i can do
  • Sam Zarei said on July 27, 2010
    Thinking of changing the business to Import Export Business base in Edmonton or Calgary Alberta Canada, which type of imports and export you are recommending? Thanks.
  • mohamed said on September 1, 2010
    i want stating up import and export business, which type of imports and export you are recommending? am in tanzania in east africa
  • Bubay said on September 7, 2010
    We want to export Embroidery SAREE various country in the world. Any body can advice us?. Ph.09 90 37 71
  • nothando sumo said on September 9, 2010
    i don't have experience on the import export business but am really interested in starting a business of this nature.
  • gajraj singh morodia said on September 21, 2010
  • Rnz said on September 22, 2010
    I want to start import and export business but have no knowledge in this field. Please provide me the details of how to start and which type of imports and exports are recommended. I live in Mumbai
  • pradeep kotian said on November 8, 2010
    how to start import and export business? what are the requirements and procedures?
  • Ashwani Shrestha said on December 3, 2010
    I want to start import/export business in Delhi(india). My qualification is MCA. I am searching a business but no exp. Please help me
  • Aji Appukuttan said on December 15, 2010
    hai,i don't have experience on the import export business but keenly interested in starting a business of this nature. can any body guide me on this. My contact no is +91 9445008893.
  • Gamini Weerakoon said on December 19, 2010
    I have ready to start sugar import business located at Sri Lanka. do you like to joint with me place contact to my phone no 0094115637058
  • Mohamed said on December 22, 2010
    I want to start an import/export business in chennai. I am an IT professional. I have no experience in business. can u guide me how to go abt it?
  • Otim said on January 1, 2011
    AM in Uganda want to do export business how to get contacts from different countries want to export Tilapia fish, vegetables, fruits like pineapple passion fruit, avocados, handicrafts, for people who are interested to import pls contact. 256772404383
  • sivaramakrishnan said on January 28, 2011
    i have completed mechanical engineering last year. my ambition is to do a business. so I'd like to start export and import business in a small scale level at Madurai. but actually i don't have any experience and as well as no family background for doing,can you please guide me to start a export and import business in small scale level? totally what all are the basic necessary things required for starting a export and import business in small scale level?as i don't have any work experience, should i have to get that or can i start a business directly? please guide me for starting this business. thank you.
  • Abdul said on February 7, 2011
    Hoping to do export import business. I am staying at Mumbai,Maharashtra,India. How much capital investment required to start the business in international level ? I have no experience in this field. Kindly write how to do in successful level.. Thank you..
  • Nidhi Gupta said on February 17, 2011
    Hi I am exporter of Ladies garments from India (Delhi). For any help you can mail me at
  • Lokesh said on February 21, 2011
    Mohammed, Aji, and Sivaramakrishnan, first make what you are going to import or export, plan you budget for a shipment. Then obtain an IE code, TIN, swift code and proceed from there on. If you need more information u can call or mail me at 09884337257
  • Mc Millan Mobbo said on March 9, 2011
    i want to start this import export business but no knowledge and what commodities and from where; recommended sources. kindly advise. am from Lusaka-Zambia-how much capital am i required? if interested to export to Zambia-please advise-+260 977 448523 many thanks.
  • Santosh Kumaar Panda said on April 5, 2011
    I am an exporter of Handicrafts from India(Orissa). Pls mail me at for any query or suggestions. Thank You.
  • Jagdish Jain said on April 9, 2011
    I want to start of export business of Handicrafts from Jaipur (Rajasthan) India, Please tell me your suggestions and advise that how can I start my business.
  • NATRAJ PATOLA ART said on April 14, 2011
    I AM ARTISAN OF PURE SILK PATOLA SAREE IN RAJKOT (GUJRAT)Please tell me your suggestions and advise that how can I start my EXPORT-IMPORT business.
  • Harish Bhardwaj said on April 28, 2011
    Hi. We are India based leading CFL Lamps manufacturer & exporter. Presently we are looking for peoples URGENTLY in AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST who can work as our company DEALER or BUSINESS ASSOCIATE in their countries. Any one having trading or whole sales or distribution or having good enough money for investment can contact me directly on my personal email firstly, which is We have start recruiting dealers in overseas location, so if any one interested contact me asap.
  • Reynolds said on April 29, 2011
    i am a seafood trader at thailand. i would like to export other countries like some of other materials like corn,clothes,how i will to make a invoice about these i will find the buyer company is located in that place, first is it real or not? how to secure payment method. and also how insure the exporting products..can advice me..
  • mishan said on May 5, 2011
    Hi. i'm mishan i'm fashion designer. i want to start business in ladies wear designer suits, anarkali, emb. suit, block printing, hand printing, designer saree, western dresses. evening gowns, one piece dress, drapes etc. plz buyer contact me. contact no-9501724139
  • nitin bhingardive said on May 9, 2011
    hi, i am nitin from thane, i want to start fruit, vegetable import and export business but i have no knowledge in this field please provide me details of how to start and which type of import and export are recommended. nitin 9867391995 please call
  • sumit said on May 12, 2011
    hi i m sumit i m very much interested in china import export business but i dont have experience and knowledge about this. can u plz help no is -9468440216. my id
  • Dipen Shah said on May 19, 2011
    hi, i want to start export business for readymade garments from mumbai, india.......can u provide me some guidelines regarding the same......and are there any seminars/training sessions conducted by any organizations in mumbai regarding the same.....
  • gagan deep singh said on May 24, 2011
    hi i wanna start a export import business in edmonton,garments all kinds of garments shirts ,t shirts ladies loads of variety factory in india. make famous brands h&m,tommy etc
  • recycle metals said on May 26, 2011
    I want to start export business from usa. can u tell me what are the requirements for cotton export ?
  • vikram.k said on May 26, 2011
    i am vikram from chennai completed bachelors in computer applications i am planned to do fish import and export business to other countries i dont have knowledge in that business please help me out what i have to do..
  • Abhishek Bhadu said on May 27, 2011
    hi i am abhishek bhadu from jodhpur rajasthan and i am marketing person and i am dealing with textile product , leather animal product ,handicraft products , cloth begs , furniture etc . Anybody wants to deal with me than please mail me -
  • s.bello said on June 14, 2011
    i want to start an import and export business. I live in Kano,northern Nigeria.please advise me especially the countries, commodities and the rules.
  • Dilip said on June 16, 2011
    Balotra, Rajasthan , India. I am doing my business of cloth trading at national level i request you to help me out to do business in an international market. contact me on
  • Bhaskar beginner adviser said on June 19, 2011
    Hi, I am Bhaskar from Bangalore. If anybody from Bangalore needs assistance in finding a market for exports for any products and also take care of all the formalities in starting a new venture. You can contact me on 09611199555. I have 20 years experience in the field of exports. I can guide you online also. You can also mail me your requirements and interests to

  • Siva Kumar said on June 23, 2011
    I would like to start export business in next two months, I am from south India, so what is the major and profitable goods to export to which countries. Kindly suggest me, and kindly refer the sites to find good foreign buyers.
  • Arindam Sen Gupta said on June 24, 2011
    We supply all the boutiques in India for women designer outfits like tunics, kurta sets, Sarees, Lenghas etc.I have import & export license but i dont have experience and knowledge about this. can u plz help no is +91 9433242123. my id
  • Shandong Yichun Foodstuffs Co., Ltd said on June 26, 2011
    We are a professional manufacturer of more than 4,000 square meters in producing Peanut Butter located in China. If you need peanut butter, please contact us at
  • Sarika Jain said on July 30, 2011
    Hello sir/Mam, i just want to start a ladies garments business in Agra on the concept of 99 or 150 like that. So please can you help me out that how should i start a new business. what is the procedure for the same. i can expect positive reply ASAP. Thanks Sarika
  • Megha Arora said on August 2, 2011
    Hi..i am planning my visit to china in first week of september to attend furniture fair. Can you plz suggest me which fair will be best for me to attend as there are many exhibitions falling in september..My major focus will be kids furnitures..And also if i can get to know few suppliers details...
  • A Kenan said on September 8, 2011
    Hello, My name is Kenan, I am in Brooklyn , NY,USA I am looking to partner on a small scale at first until we can grow , I need items that will sell here in the USA, Do you need items from the USA? We need to network and brainstorm and come up with ideas and products ,and also share information . Everything takes time it does not happen over night, I can be reached at and my skype name is bogardz
  • rojina said on September 12, 2011
    I want to start business in kathmandu nepal, please advice me which type of import and export things i can do
  • dolly said on September 12, 2011
    i m an handicraft exporter from bangalore , India. please contact me at for any inquiry or information.we are basically into classic art n designs. let me know if u want anything from india.
  • Lokesh said on September 13, 2011
    Hi, I am from Surat Gujarat India and we are providing Import-Export consultancy in India having a good clients from all over India. fell free to contact. Cell No. +919898012580 or e-Mail:- with Rgds.
  • Rahul said on September 15, 2011
    Hi I am rahul from Seoul, South Korea. If any of you something is really unique and can sell well in korea please get in touch. Rahul
  • j said on September 18, 2011
    am interested in export business,am from jaipur rajasthan india ,can anybody suggest me what are the things which are being exported from jaipur to other countries .and how to start the business,how to make the product etc
  • Kunal said on September 20, 2011
    I am working in a sales from 10 years.Now I want to increase my business from local market to other countries.I am dealing in soft drinks & in packaged food. I want to do my business in u.s.a,Canada,Australia. In these countries I have a lots of connection their because of my relatives . I am confused which product I have to choose for export.please help me by giving your great opinion.
  • pinky mutha said on October 17, 2011
    I am doing my saree business at national level i request you to help me out to do business in an international market. keen in exporting sarees to various countries.kindly help me out with entire procedure for exports. i am from chennai, India. mail id-
  • ARUNACHALAM.S. said on October 23, 2011
    I am from Navi Mumbai. I have floated a new export firm dealing in Turmeric & Red chilli. I am looking out for Importer from Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok & Ceylon. Agents too can contact me. My Mobile No; 09987863096
  • diya said on November 2, 2011
    i'm from mauritius i want do a business no idea what business can i do i want to do in saree and other clothes
  • jiji said on November 7, 2011
    i am jiji i want to start import and export business from chennai and i want to do this in my home only with less investment. my health is not good, and this field i am zero. if anyone interested to help me this is my phone number 04425735937,9043122801
  • neil said on November 8, 2011
    I'm 25 years old female indian waiting to start up my own business of exporting gowns to the middle east. please help me out as i have no clue else my parents will get me married off.
  • mohd.yusuf said on November 8, 2011
  • Serenity said on November 12, 2011
    I would like to start a SMALL import/export business in South Africa. I am a foreign national and I work in South Africa. I would like to start by exporting goods to Zimbabwe. What are the procedures, can I also do this with out the relevant qualifications.
  • Venkat Koneru said on November 15, 2011
    Koneru Food Products(P) Ltd. recently has obtained Export License and we are interested to export Turmeric Fingers, Chilies to Sri lanka. I need suggestions and knowledge base regarding these items. Venkat Prasad Koneru 7799008899
  • shilpi rai said on November 16, 2011
    hello sir i am shilpi from noida i am doing saree business. but i just want to do that business in export basis but i have no idea about that pl give some suggestion relating this if any body interested in doing business with me then mail me on
  • Panto Exports, Pondicherry, India said on November 24, 2011
    Hi, we are exporter from india, if you are interested in importing products from india please feel free to contact us at / 00 91 9677383972. Regards,
  • Hari Prasad said on November 30, 2011
    Hi , Since 2007, I am working in a leading MNC at Hyderabad . I would like to export fresh vegetables to abroad . Please guide / advice through Thanks Hari Prasad
  • Ashish said on December 2, 2011
    I wanna start export import business in jaipur i need help contact my cell 09887243722
  • prakash said on December 4, 2011
    i want start import export business pl tell what type of business start and how pl tell pune area 9028546935
  • JUDITH MURO said on December 5, 2011
    I am trying to start import business for arts and handcrafts from East Africa. I am in Dallas area TX, USA my intention is to help local village women to market and sell their artistic products so they can earn a living and take their kids to school. please advice.
  • Meettu Abraham said on December 13, 2011
    I am Meettu Abraham, manufacture of rubber mats, rubberized coir mats,etc...... i would like to export this products,but I have no experience in this kindly for helping me or interested in my products contact my cell no 09809206172
  • jayakrishnan said on December 14, 2011
    I had been working in Mumbai for about 8 years during the eighties and from 1987 to 2010 I worked in the middle east(UAE) as a Sales Manager for "Ductile Iron Mahole covers and frames", which is used for closing and opening the manhole of the drainage allowing entry of man into it for clearing or repairing or whatever it is. I used to import manhole covers from India, China, France, UK and Saudi Arabia. Fortunately or unfortunately I did market only this item during my life time until now (I am 52). This item has virtually little market in India. Now I left the job in UAE (due to some health problems) and am trying to establish and develop a business from my apartment in Kochi, Kerala for my living. I do not have a large sum to invest in as well. I am planning a few things:
    -Export (Indian items)
    -Travel & Tour (From overseas to India)
    -Advertising & Promotion, writing consultancy etc.
    -English speaking and train Indians "professional"
    I would be really grateful if anybody comes up with suggestions / ideas / modus operandi / licensing procedures / procurement / clients etc. etc. Please write to me anything you know.
    Regards Jayakrishnan.C,, Tel:9645733360
  • SUMIT JAIN said on December 23, 2011
    am interested in export business,am from ajmer, rajasthan india ,can you suggest me what are the things which are being exported from ajmer/jaipur to other countries .and how to start the business,how to select the product or which we can select etc. my mail
  • sajeer said on January 7, 2012
    i am sajeer , i am from kerala , i have land in karnataka , i want start turmeric export business , what are the steps for it and please let me know
  • Benny partap said on January 12, 2012
    Hii I m Benny and I want to open import and export business on small scale in Vancouver Canada. Kindly help me with ur guidance that what type of goods exporting and importing in beneficial and what are the requirements for this business and estimate cost for setting up this business? Thanks benny partap
  • Lokesh M said on January 29, 2012
    i am planning to do saree business in home itself can u guide me where i can get the wholesale dealer
  • Muhammad Sajjad said on January 29, 2012
    Sir/Madam I just want start Import & Export Business In Lahore, Pakistan. Please let me know the possibilities. Thanks a lot
  • naveen said on March 6, 2012
    i m planing to start export import of green vegetables if any one is interested pls contact me
  • mariyappa rajha said on March 7, 2012
    I would like to start export business in next two months, I am from chennai i want start turmeric export business , If you need more information u can call or mail me at Contact : 9444921174, 9444376488
  • kamran said on March 7, 2012
    hi i am from india's capital Delhi. I want to start my newly business of export and import. So any one can suggest to me what is the step to start it. And what capital of amount required for it. My contact number is this. +919999236767
  • Rajesh said on March 10, 2012
    Hi i am living in edmonton canada since last 3 yrs. I belong to Ludhiana India. I want to start an import export business between India-Canada. If any idea you have please share. Thanks a lot.
  • shobhit said on March 20, 2012
    I want to start handicraft (Leather) business, i have already artisan card by ministry of textiles govt of India. I require your help for starting a business by tips of strong methods.
  • Bhavik Patel said on March 30, 2012
    Hi I want start the business for export of turmeric . I have basic knowledge and have experience in trading in commodity also . But difficult in finding the reliable importer for this ... If you can help me out how to find it .... Please let me know ... Thank you
  • tarique said on March 31, 2012
    We want to export Shirts, Embroidery Dresses, Ladies Garments to various country in the world. Any body can advice us?. Ph.08793324329 or email me on:
  • gaurav said on April 9, 2012
    i am planning to import sarees from india.and i need import license please help me. how should i open my own license
  • prabuddha said on April 13, 2012
    I have proposal for leather products manufacturing company & I have experience also. if any body interested on this like to have a partner ship.
  • rajmohan said on April 16, 2012
    We are the largest exporter of singapore and dubai for spices. we want to open an export company in kerala to do the spices. I am basically from Kerala and doing business in Singapore and Dubai. Our main business is spices. Please inform the suitable consultant in order to obtain the export license for spices. Regards, Rajmohan
  • Daniel onyugo said on April 18, 2012
    My name is Daniel. I am an hotelier, i live in Lagos Nigeria. I will like to be export & import agent please help me.
  • DHEERAJ RATHI said on April 19, 2012
    Hello! I am Dheeraj Rathi From Jodhpur Doing computer Peripherals business and also having computer training institute in jodhpur . i want to starts import business of Dry fruits or Computer Products . Any one have contact with the sellers please contact for good returns My cell No is 09602077230. my email is
  • sampath said on April 20, 2012
    I am from Sri Lanka. I can provide mainly spice, Ayurveda products, Natural products from my country as a bulk order (more than 5kg). Who do you like to join with me to start this business from abroad (Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, etc). You have a verified PayPal and ebay or any other auction account and some experience about business. Please contact me,
  • waberi said on April 27, 2012
    Hi, I am from Calgary, I ll like to start import and export business (Canada-Djibouti). I do have samples of my products already. Can someone have advices/guidance!! PLZ send me ur opinion Thanks.
  • tanveer said on May 1, 2012
    Hi i live in Vancouver. I want to import garments from Bangladesh to Vancouver. My dad got a garments business in Bangladesh if someone can give me advice where to start and who to contact to get started. The products are export quality.
  • chanakya said on May 10, 2012
    Hello sir, i wanted to export fishes from one place of a country to another place in the same country( most probably in the same state).. should i take the license for this kind of export?? if needed from which department should i take the license?? and can i know the procedure for the same?? hoping valuable information about it ASAP.. Thank you sir..
  • Counselor beginner adviser said on May 11, 2012
    PLEASE BE ADVISED: All Persons/Companies who would like to import/export in the (USA), you need to contact me ASAP, but only if you are serious! I can help you get a physical presence and mailing location. Most companies in the USA are more comfortable doing business with companies/individuals who have a presence within the nation. This helps with your credibility and gives a level of assurance. If you are interested, contact me at ( Every person who signs-up on this site please put your email/phone# in the comment box, so you can be reached. Otherwise, no one will be able to contact you. If you are ready to move forward with doing business, and having the contacts you deserve. Start your import/export business the proper way! Email me now at: (

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  • Kratika dubey said on May 18, 2012
    I want to start an import export business in kanpur. Please help me with all the necessary details regarding it. Like amount of capital invested, which product should be exported/imported... I am totally new to this. Please guide me.
  • Sovit said on May 23, 2012
    Hi, I am Sovit kumar from new delhi. I want to start an import export business in delhi. Please help me with all the necessary details regarding it. Like amount of capital invested, which product should be exported/imported... I am totally new to this. Please guide me. You can contact me on 09911619499. I have 26 years experience in the field of exports. I can guide you online also. You can also mail me your requirements and interests to
  • Rachna said on May 25, 2012
    I am looking for an exporter in India who can export me kids wear to Canada. Any one interested pls send me an email to my id. Thanks
  • Philipp said on May 28, 2012
    Hi, I'm Philipp Mueller from Germany, right now living in Sri Lanka. I wanna start export, For example, tea, spicy food (pepper) If anyone is interested about it, pls write me. my email
  • v v gaikwad said on May 30, 2012
    i want export agriculture product like turmuric power etc.
  • shehla said on June 2, 2012
    I run a boutique in chennai. i design indian ,western garments. want to expand my business by supplying my designs to stores. any takers.
  • rakesh said on June 3, 2012
    i would like to do shoe business in kerala, can you explain me how to do it.
  • Dhiraj Gupta said on June 4, 2012
    I want to start own business in export import in Mira Road Thane for pharma equipment. please suggest how will i start
  • Muhammad Ali Khan said on June 4, 2012
    i also want to do export business in Adminton Alberta, Kindly guide me regarding Goods Thanks & Regards ALI
  • shyam said on June 5, 2012
    I am in Dubai, my parents are in coimbatore, Tamil nadu.(south india)my like to start export business.We are mainly concentrating on spices, use & throw plates, tumbler etc. They plan to Export to dubai from india. So that i can support them because currently i am in Dubai(Discovery Gardens). Please help us regarding this. Need more idea about... how to start, regarding importing companies in dubai. PLZ call me at 71552017552(UAE)
  • Silu said on June 5, 2012
    @Mamta Poothia, Can you give me details how you will guide me and your charges? write me at:
  • prenesan perumal said on June 7, 2012
    Hi I want to open an import n export business, I do have the experience in sales, I would like to know how to go about starting an import/export business, south africa.
  • Ibrahim said on June 17, 2012
    My name is ibrahim and am an expert in exportation of palm oil, African beans, and other african fruits. Any interested person can call me on my cell phone +2348060774081
  • Josoe said on June 20, 2012
    Dear all, I am Josoe from Myanmar, I am very interesting to joint the one who would like to export and import its product to Myanmar from Myanmar. it is a good time to do a business in Myanmar because new government has been opening a door of economic in Myanmar. if someone interesting to joint with me, please email at ( we can discuss more detail to start our business.... I am looking forward to hearing a good news from you------plz email me---
  • Sumaira Latif said on June 24, 2012
    I want to start import/export business in textile products in united kingdom. I want to import textile products from Pakistan. give me suggestions. Any company in UK who want to do import textile products from Pakistan. Please contact me 00447550140900
  • Vinod said on June 26, 2012
    I am from India Kerala. I can export spices specially cardamom, clove, black pepper, Nutmeg ect.. for export bulk order from my country. I can purchase directly from farm areas as a bulk order (more than 5kg). Who do you like to purchase the spices from abroad or Indian exporters. Please contact me for more details


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