Posted by: importexportsecrets | January 16, 2008

Import Export International Trade Leads and Business Services

Trade leads, or business leads, by national or international business services facilitate different functions, reduce transaction time and costs, reduce supplier costs, generate new business contacts, and increase sales. With the explosive growth of the internet today, importers look for import trading leads globally for quality products, and exporters look for global export trade leads to sell their products. International trade leads come around quite frequently and in most cases, instantly.

In this age of anytime, anywhere communication, import export trade leads are made easy to find with a host of online business services offering international trade leads. Post a request for import or export trade leads and interested business parties can instantly view it around the world. When a potential business partner expresses interest in doing business with you, the interest is immediately communicated to you in the form of an email or an SMS message. The time needed to make contacts with business people around the world is reduced to less than ten minutes. All it takes is ten minutes to get a new contact, but as in all business, trust is earned only with a lifetime of effort.

Basically trade leads, import trade leads, export trade leads, and international trade leads are simple advertisements with buying or selling offers for products or services. Before the advent of the internet, trade leads took much more time to find due to tasks such as frequent visits to the Chambers of Commerce, Export/Import regulations and promotion agencies of different countries, brainstorming sessions, postal newsletters, and advertising in business publications. It is also very hard to ensure that the advertisement or offer reaches the potential buyer or seller due to the limited reach of trade publications.

The lightning fast import export trade and turnarounds of international trade leads does not ignore business practices. In fact, an online search can be used to find out what others have to say about a specific import or export business. In short, you do not have to rely solely on the company’s profile listing on a bulletin board or the marketing material on their website.

It is not only sellers that post online trade leads. Buyers too benefit from posting their ads because sellers will be looking for pre-qualified buyers. If the buying offer of a company or an enterprise meets the products or services of a seller, the chances of a confirmed sale and a long lasting business relationship is almost guaranteed.

The elements of successful international trade lead posting include:

Clarity – clearly state what you offer or what you intend to buy.
Brevity – use enough words to describe the products.
Be informative – clearly state the terms of the sale, shipping and the present location of the products or the destination if you are the buyer.
Links to your product page – provide links to your website where interested buyers or sellers can learn more about the trade lead.

Having taken the right steps, international business leads can come effortlessly. With one or more business websites and listings at a professional international business service portal, finding trade leads has just been made easier.

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Posted by: importexportsecrets | January 8, 2008

How to Be An Outrageously Successful Business Owner (Part 1)

Learning – the acquisition of new information or knowledge, and Retention – the ability to capture that information and recall it when wanted or needed, is actually a process that involves five steps:

First, is Impact. That is, actually receiving the idea in your mind. Impact can be in the form of a word, a visual observation or a concept. It makes no difference. Your mind isn’t capable of making a distinction between a visual or an actual experience. Nor is it capable of determining the difference between a conscious or an unconscious impact an idea may have on you. As far as your mind is concerned, those experiences are all the same and your mind will accept them, regardless.
If information or an experience appears real to your mind, your emotions and nervous system will react as though it were actually real.

To illustrate this point, try this simple experiment:
Seat yourself in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor and your hands resting comfortably in your lap.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, let it out slowly and relax. Take another one. Let it out slowly. Relax even more.
Picture in your mind a lemon resting on a table in front of you. Visualize it. See it clearly. Look at its shape – its color – its texture.

Now, mentally reach out with your hand and pick up the lemon. Bring it up to your face. Look at it closely. Squeeze it. Do you notice how firm it feels? Feel the texture of the lemon’s dimply and waxy skin. Notice the lemon’s yellow color and round shape, with its pointy ends.
Now, hold it up to your nose. Smell it. Do you notice the lemon’s citrus smell?

Place the lemon on the table and mentally pick up a knife that’s laying nearby. Cut the lemon in two. Pick up one half of the lemon and see the juice dripping from it. Bring the lemon up to your nose. Smell it again. Now bite into the lemon.
What’s happening to you right now? Is saliva flooding your mouth, both in your mind, as well as physically?

Now consider what just happened. In actuality, there was no lemon. You just pictured one in your mind. While this was just a mental exercise, and the lemon was just imagined, chances are, if you are like most people, the mental image you were playing on the screen of your mind triggered certain responses which manifested themselves physically. So, you can see by this demonstration, that Impact, is a critical step involved in the process of learning and retention.

The second step is Repetition. One university study revealed that an idea that was read or heard only one time was 66% forgotten within 24 hours. But if that same idea was read or heard repeatedly for 8 days, up to 90% of it could be retained at the end of the eight days.

So once you’ve read this manual all the way through, go back and read it again. But this time read with a highlighter, a pencil and notepad handy. Mark up the book. Write down the ideas you feel fit your personal business situation. This repetition will help you retain more of the information than if you had read it only once.
The third step in the learning and retention process is Utilization. This is the “doing” step. It is here that neuromuscular pathways are actually developed, creating a “mind muscle memory.” And according to the study quoted earlier, once you physically experience an action, it becomes twice as easy to recall as if you had heard it only.

Fourth, is Internalization. Actually making the idea a part of you. That may involve some customizing or tailoring of the idea to fit your situation or style, but it is vitally important for you to personalize the idea and make it “yours.”
The fifth step is Reinforcement. In order to maximize the effectiveness of an idea, you should continually be looking for ways to support and strengthen it. The more you can support the idea, the more you will believe it, the longer you will retain it, and the more effective it will become in helping you serve your customers’ needs.

Now, what does all this have to do with your business? Simply, this. In your daily business and personal activities, as well as throughout your experience with the information presented in this book, you are going to be exposed to a great number of ideas.

Some will be brand new, that is, you’ve never heard them before. Some will be ideas you have heard in the past, but have forgotten. And others will be ideas you come up with on your own as a result of something that was triggered in your mind as you read. Understanding and applying these five steps in the learning and retention process can help you retain more of what you read and experience.

Action Makes the Difference

It’s important to keep an open mind as you read, hear, or otherwise experience ideas that can help you. Try not to judge them or cast them aside too quickly because they don’t sound good, they’re not part of your personality or make up, or because you may have heard them before.
Instead, consider these courses of actions:
If you’ve heard an idea before, say to yourself, “Yes, I’ve heard that before, but am I using it?” If not, “Why not?”
If you are currently using the idea, ask yourself, “How effective am I at using it? How can I ‘plus’, or improve on it to make it even more effective for me and my business?”

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Posted by: importexportsecrets | January 2, 2008

Start Your Own Import Export Business


1. Register your business and ensure that all licenses and other legal requirements have been complied with.

2. Obtain a list of suppliers dealing in the products you wish to import and select the most dependable. Do a comprehensive research on the industry. This can be done with the assistance of your bankers through their correspondents overseas.

3. Obtain a pro-forma invoice or firm offer from your selected supplier. Make sure that their quotation includes, among others, the terms of shipment such as FOB, C&F, or CIF. Payment for imports can be done in the following manner:

a.) By Letter of Credit (L/C) – Once you have agreed with your supplier on the pricing and other terms and conditions of your purchase, open a letter of credit with your bank. Depending on the agreement with your supplier, the L/C can either be sight or usance, revocable or irrevocable, confirmed or unconfirmed. Under a sight L/C, payment for the goods are made upon presentation of the documents from the supplier through your bankers (which is commonly the L/C opening bank) regardless whether or not you have received the goods imported. Under usance L/C, payment is made at a later day, after 30, 60, 90 or 120 days. A revocable L/C is one which you can revoke even without the consent of your supplier. A confirmed L/C is one by which the L/C advising bank, by virtue of their confirmation of the L/C, is liable to pay your supplier the value of the imported goods should the L/C opening bank be unable to pay your supplier for some reason.

b.) By Open Account (O/A) – Payment is made at a later date depending on your agreement with the supplier.

c.) By Documents Against Payment (D/P) – Under this mode of payment, you have to effect the payment of the imported goods upon presentation of the import documents by the bank.

d.) By Documents Against Acceptance (D/A) – Under this mode, the documents are forwarded to you through an appointed bank in your locality and upon your acceptance, (i.e. signing the relative document signifying your acceptance of the liability) the bank then surrenders the documents to you, and payment will be made later, after 15, 30, 45 or 60 days depending on your agreement with the supplier.

e.) By Prepayment – Advance payment must be made before supplier ships the goods

Note that the basic import documents consist mainly, but are not limited to, original Bills of Lading (B/L) or Airway Bill; original Commercial Invoice; original Packing List; or any such other original documents which you may require. These documents are necessary so the importer can secure the release of the imported goods from the shipping/airline companies and customs authorities.


1. Register your business ensuring that all requirements have been complied with.

2. Choose the products that you are going to export and ascertain from the difference governmental agencies that these are not banned items. Where necessary, obtain a list of all the documents that are required especially for regulated products. If you produce or manufacture your own products for export, know your production capacity. If you subcontract the production of your goods, know the production capacity of all your subcontractors.

3. Open an account with a bank with international connections or one with correspondents in the locality of your customers.

4. Where necessary, obtain a background check of all your would-be customers through the aid of your bankers.

5. From new buyers, always insist on prepayment before you ship your goods.

6. If you agree on payment by Letter of Credit (L/C), ensure that the L/C is irrevocable and at sight.

7. Try to understand the different modes of payment for international trade, as discussed above, under Importation.

This is a simple step-by-step guide on import and export procedures. While requirements may vary from country to country, the general and basic procedures are essentially the same.

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Posted by: importexportsecrets | December 30, 2007

Importing From China

If you have an established source of sales that you are already selling into the market, and have a large volume, you might be thinking of trying to outsource your product.

China offers a vast array of products and to track something down that is suitable, you are going to need someone who knows the country well.He or she can advise you very quickly if you are likely to find a company where you could place your order and thereby increase your margins.

Here are some of the things that you will need to establish before working with an import agent:

1. Full product details with drawings / graphics
2. Packing & presentation details
3. Branding requirements
4. Certifications & Safety standards required
5. Date product is required
6. Quantities (min order quantities apply in most cases)

Considering the requirements, qualified suppliers will be selected by your agent and details sent to those who look the best prospect. From the resulting replies three are invited to quote.

A good agent will discuss quotes with the manufacturers, confirm their experience in UK / European markets and check their production capabilities.Your personal visit to China could be carried out to inspect the factory personnel, the manufacturing process and quality control systems. This process is often backed up by a team in Shanghai who should cover the whole operation.

1. Prepare a detailed report on all visits.
2. Quotations include manufacturing costs, branding, artwork and presentation of your product, method and cost of shipment, all duty and port dues plus haulage from port to your warehouse
3. Orders are normally quoted c.i.f. destination port.
Estimated time of delivery is also given at this time and confirmed as more information becomes available about your consignment.

Choosing the right manufacturer, ensuring quality and providing an on-time delivery are all crucial business processes.Controlling production quality is achieved through scheduled inspections of all factory processes with final quality inspection and packing checks completed under the direction of your agent, before products leave the factory. Personal visits to factories are recommended in order for you to become more familiar with the overall process. Appropriate packaging will have been agreed between all parties to ensure protection of goods with the details now being submitted to the shipping agents.

Shipping options will have been confirmed with you with all appropriate documents being completed. Customs clearance is completed and Duty plus port dues are often paid by your agent

Work with a wide network of suppliers from numerous market sectors in China, and provide products that meet your requirements and monitor progress to ensure on-time delivery.

Sourcing your product in China
When you contact a few agents you will find sourcing requests are responded to fairly quickly.
Normally an agent will have an extensive network of manufacturers, and can either source an existing product or customize to your specification, including bespoke items. They will often have a Chinese speaking team, both in the UK and in China to check requirements with potential suppliers and provide the information required to obtain costs.

You should expect a detailed written quote submitted for your approval with all costs, delivered to your warehouse. Where significant design work is involved, you can negotiate a separate fee.

More information, plus DVD’s including step-by-step how to import can be found at:

Until next time…

Posted by: importexportsecrets | December 19, 2007

Mindset is Everything! Where’s YOUR Mind?

Hi Everyone!
Wow! It’s been such a busy week dealing with the newest import!
But there is something I must stop and say…

I have a question for you…


Is It Money, Fame, Power, Contentment, Personality,
Peace of Mind, Happiness?

After reading the manual Dr. Hutchison, well known Consulting
Engineer and long-time associate of Thomas Edison, said:

“This is not a novel. It is a textbook on individual
achievement that came directly from the experiences of
hundreds of America’s most successful. It should be studied,
digested, and meditated upon.”

No more than one Module should be read in a single night.
The reader should detail the statements which impress most.

Later, back to these and read again. A real student will not
merely read, they will absorb its contents  and make them
their own. Dr. J Turner, Dean of the College of New York,
after having read the book, said:
“The very best example of the soundness of this philosophy
is your own son, Blair, whose dramatic story you have
outlined in the module on “Desire.”

Dr. Turner’s reference to the author’s son, born without
normal hearing capacity, not only avoided becoming a deaf
mute, but actually converted his handicap into a priceless
asset by applying the philosophy outlined.

As we said , this manual is attributed to having created
more millionaires than any other, and we have our
updated version available for you to study, profit and
become a more complete person from here.

Here’s your link:

 Then once you’ve downloaded your little present, head on over to:

Posted by: importexportsecrets | December 17, 2007

We’ve Imported Some More Stuff!

Hi everyone,

We’ve just got another container load of goods in to sell! Obviously we’re not telling you exactly what we’re selling, since that’s one of the golden rules in this industry.

“You don’t talk about fight club”

Visit to learn what Fight Club is.

Basically what we mean is, you don’t tell others what you are selling, else you will end up with unwelcome competition.

Thats a 20 foot shipping container above.

The 20-ft container is the most common container worldwide, but the 40-ft container is increasingly replacing it, particularly since costs tend to be per container and not per foot or ton. Longer container types are also becoming more common, especially in North America. Shorter containers (e.g. 10-ft containers) are rare.

The following table shows the weights and dimensions of the three most common types of containers worldwide. The weights and dimensions quoted below are averages, different manufacture series of the same type of container may vary slightly in actual size and weight.

20′ container 40′ container 45′ high-cube container
length 19′ 10½” 6.058 m 40′ 0″ 12.192 m 45′ 0″ 13.716 m
width 8′ 0″ 2.438 m 8′ 0″ 2.438 m 8′ 0″ 2.438 m
height 8′ 6″ 2.591 m 8′ 6″ 2.591 m 9′ 6″ 2.896 m
length 18′ 10 516 5.758 m 39′ 5 4564 12.032 m 44′ 4″ 13.556 m
width 7′ 8 1932 2.352 m 7′ 8 1932 2.352 m 7′ 8 1932 2.352 m
height 7′ 9 5764 2.385 m 7′ 9 5764 2.385 m 8′ 9 1516 2.698 m
door aperture width 7′ 8 ⅛″ 2.343 m 7′ 8 ⅛″ 2.343 m 7′ 8 ⅛″ 2.343 m
height 7′ 5 ¾″ 2.280 m 7′ 5 ¾″ 2.280 m 8′ 5 4964 2.585 m
volume 1,169 ft³ 33.1 m³ 2,385 ft³ 67.5 m³ 3,040 ft³ 86.1 m³
gross mass
52,910 lb 24,000 kg 67,200 lb 30,480 kg 67,200 lb 30,480 kg
empty weight 4,850 lb 2,200 kg 8,380 lb 3,800 kg 10,580 lb 4,800 kg
net load 48,060 lb 21,800 kg 58,820 lb 26,680 kg 56,620 lb 25,680 kg

20-ft, “heavy tested” containers are available for heavy goods (e.g. heavy machinery). These containers allow a maximum weight of 67,200 lb (30,480 kg), an empty weight of 5,290 lb (2,400 kg), and a net load of 61,910 lb (28,080 kg).

Head on over to the website for more info!

Posted by: importexportsecrets | December 13, 2007

10 Must Do’s Before You Die

You are probably looking at this blog for any of 3 reasons only…

1. You are already in the Import/Export industry and seeking
to learn new stuff – thats great!

2. You are wanting to know more about this unique opportinity.

3. Just curious.

Make Import/Export one of those “Must Do’s” before you die.


Because it will change your life and is NOT the next crazy
fad, as it’s been around for centuries.

Mitchell my son and part of the Import/Export Secrets team
has climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge with sister Zoe,
(One of the 10 Must-Do’s before you die).

What are yours?

Make a list, some business, some pleasure – but do it.

Life is *very* short, make the most of it.

Posted by: importexportsecrets | December 8, 2007

20 Simple Rules

20 Simple Rules 

This is without a doubt one of the nicest good-fortune messages I have
ever read. Hope it works for you — and me!

There’s some mighty fine advice in these words, so read carefully.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their
conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you

FOUR. When you say, ‘I love you ,’ mean it.

FIVE. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who don’t have dreams
don’t have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the
only way to live life completely.

TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer,
smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great

FIFTEEN. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson !

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for
others; and responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship..

NINETEEN. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps
to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in
your voice.

TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.

REMEMBER: A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches
your heart.

Posted by: importexportsecrets | December 5, 2007

Australian Imports Are Worth Over $118 Billion…

Did you know that the Import industry alone in Australia is worth in
excess of $118 Billion every year?

It’s true! And you too can have a piece of the pie… Watch the
following video to find out how…

Stay tuned for the next post, and while you’re waiting, check out the website:

Posted by: importexportsecrets | December 4, 2007

Do you speak English?

Great News!

The Chinese government recently made English language education
mandatory for all high school graduates, so you can see what a
fantastic position this places you in. I believe this will become
the catalyst to the next generation of Chinese workers by helping
them with the training they need to participate in the global
economy and profits for us importers from English speaking
countries !!

As China becomes an even larger player in the global economy,
demand for English-speaking workers is rising dramatically.

Many multinational firms operating in China, from Motorola to GM,
have complained about the lack of qualified local managerial
talent. They rank poor English skills as their number-one problem,
so recent graduates are attending our company’s classes to
improve their English and technical skills to get promoted or find
a higher-paying job.

According to a recent survey conducted in Shanghai, over 15% of
graduates are willing to spend upwards of 10% of their monthly
disposable income on training courses. Wow !…

Any minor problem such as language barriers is ALWAYS an
opportunity dressed up as a problem….

Until next time…

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