Importing Tips for a Small Business Owner
Are you a small business owner? Have you ever considered importing good from outside of the U.S.? Importing merchandise, whether it be artisan crafts, shoes, clothing, food, or beverages can be an important factor in your success as a small business owner. At Eduardo A. Arecco CHB, we understand how intimidating it can be to take that step into the world of importation. We want to share our top 4 tips for small business owners interesting in becoming an importer of foreign products.
- Review Import Laws and Trade Barriers. The first step is to research the U.S. trade barriers and local in-country laws. You need to be sure that you can export the desired product from the country and that the U.S. will allow it to be imported. Generally speaking, the U.S. is importer-friendly, but there tend to be more safety and quality controls than other countries. There also may be bans on the exportation of specific products from other countries. For more information visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website.
- Hire a Customs Broker. Now, I know what you are thinking. This blog is on a Tampa customs broker blog, but there is a reason that so many companies hire us. As a licensed customs broker, we are familiar with the laws and regulations. While you could get bogged down in all the paperwork and processes, which would resulted in delays and wasted time, we already know the process. We can help you import your merchandise with ease and peace of mind.
- Check License or Permit Requirments. There are some specific products that require additional licenses or permits to complete the importation process. Make sure that you know if the products you are importing have such requirements. If they do, make sure you have the permit or license in place before starting the importation process.
- Learn about training opportunities. There are several government programs that provide advice to small business owners interested in importing products into the U.S. Check out the following agencies: