International trade is one of the most important things you can learn about at any stage of your life. Whether it’s your toothbrush or your PS4, many of the products that you need and love will have been made overseas and exported into your homes.
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What is export?
Since human beings have been able to travel they have sold excess goods or produce to neighbouring villages, towns, cities and even countries!
Do you know where the first ships sailed to? And what they were carrying?
This project introduces you to the fascinating and vital world of international trade.
What do you sell?
There are lots of different products out there from things we take for granted like toilet rolls or toothbrushes to high-end games consoles. Some products rely on being cheaper to buy while others rely on being the best in their field.
Things that sell well are always, in some way, innovative though...
Where will you sell it?
A market is somewhere you sell your product. Marketing is what you do to sell your product there.
When looking to sell your product to a new market you should think about who is already using it in your own market. Who buys it currently, how do they use it and how much are they willing to spend on it?
How will you get it there?
How expensive will it be to transport your goods? Will you need specialist packing? If it’s food you're sending it may need to be refrigerated. If it’s fragile it may need additional packaging to ensure it travels safely.
Sometimes packaging is designed for marketing the product, other times to encourage safe use...
How will you get paid?
There are numerous ways of collecting money. This may sound strange but they all have a cost attached to them.
Did you know that every time you use a credit card the person you are buying from pays between 2-6% of the value of the transaction to the credit card company?
There is always a catch...
Start your Export Plan
The best thing you can do when starting to export is to do your research and to plan. Using your learnings from the previous sections, you can now go about creating your own export plan.
Make sure to think about what you're selling, where you're selling to, how you'll market it, how you'll get paid, and how you'll get it there...