Becoming an Export Agent
I am a UK National and plan to live in Jamaica on a semi-permanent basis. Therefore, with a view to having a business that affords me to travel between the UK and Jamaica, I am interested in becoming an Export Agent for goods traded between the two countries. I have made numerous contacts in Jamaica whom are keen to reach overseas markets. Could anyone give me some guidelines to the feasibility of this and how I would go about it please?
At this stage, I would prefer to be an agent rather than an distributor or producer of goods. As this dispels with some of the financial burdens, such as, the overheads of storing the goods to be traded and so on. Plus, I have experience of running a (construction) business for 10 years and I originate from a strong sales, advertising and marketing background so feel I would be able to assist these SMME producers in making overseas sales.
Many of the contacts I have made in Jamaica produce agricultural goods, with others producing finished products, such as manufactured food goods, skincare products, pottery and wooden decorative and furniture items and so on. What are the implications of exporting these goods out of Jamaica?
Running a construction business has made me aware of the benefits of 'eco-friendly' items, such as wind turbines, solar panels, water recycling and so on. Again, this is something that appeals to me in terms of importing products into Jamaica and the wider Caribbean area. What are the implications of exporting these (or other) goods into Jamaica?
Also, if I may ask one more question! Would I be best to create a UK based Ltd company or a Jamaican Ltd company, or both? Where does the tax and business trading implications, such as the need for a work visa / permit, lie within this type of trading between the two countries?
I really appreciate any assistance that is given, even if it is a partial answer to question.
Thanks and best wishes Jules