Import jobs are the result of the rapid growth in international trade. Whether you
are importing from China or from any other country, you need to determine your import
role or your import job prior to starting an import business. Learning the different
import jobs will help you understand the skill set necessary for you to be successful
in world of international trade.
Types of Import Jobs
Here are some of the import jobs that you can participate in as you start your importing
An Import Agent brings together the supplier of the goods and the companies
interested in purchasing the goods. This is the simplest way to participate in the
international trade because the Import Agent does not take possession of the goods.
He or she merely plays a liaison role.
You can be an Import Agent in the United
States. If you find a company that is interested in importing bamboo flooring from
China, your role will be to link the interested party with the Chinese supplier.
The Import Distributor is essentially a wholesaler of imported
goods. He or she takes buys and takes possession of the imported goods. The Import
Distributor will then find customers to sell the goods to for profit. The customers
could be end consumers or business customers (retailers) who in turn will find end
consumers for the imported product.
This role is more involved than the Import Agent
role because the Import Distributor takes possession of the goods. He or she is
responsible financially for the goods and need to make sure that customs regulations
and product quality are met.
The Importers Manufacturers role is the most complex and the
most capital intensive of all the different Importing Jobs. Your goal is to manufacture
the product in a foreign country such as China and then import them into the United
States or your home country. You will also take on the role of finding customers
for your manufactured goods. The customers could be end consumers or other business
customers (retailer) who will in turn find end consumers for the imported product.
will need to necessary funds to start a manufacturing plant in a foreign country.
Importers who are inventors or who want very specialized products tend to take on
the Importers Manufacturers role.
In addition to these three broad categories, there are also subcategories of each
Importing Job. Depending on how much time and resources you want to commit, you
can start as an Import Agent, an Import Distributor or an Importer Manufacturer.
Usually the more commitment in terms of time and resources, the higher is the earning