So you want to be an Importer/Exporter ?

The current pandemic and economic upheaval will lead many people to change jobs or careers by necessity. Some will make the leap to entrepreneurship and the arena of international trade. Allow me to provide a little perspective.

In my past experience teaching Supply Chain courses, many students expressed the desire to start their own importing or exporting business. In some cases they were motivated by an interest in a particular product they encountered on an international trip. Others wanted to turn a hobby into a business. In these early stages the nuts and bolts of international logistics are less important than the product, the markets, and realistic expectations on the part of the entrepreneur. As an instructor I always wanted to provide guidance and assistance along with real world business facts. The attached Twenty Questions are a good way to start the process,