What is the best way to find an import/export mentor?

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What is the best way to find an import/export mentor?

Several months ago I started reading about careers that would not only allow me to work for myself, but also to travel a bit. Import/Export seems like it may be a good fit but I am having some trouble getting started. I’ve done some reading and research but would like to find a mentor.

I am currently considering writing down a list of the questions that I have, looking for import/exporters on linked in and asking if they will allow me to interview them. From that point, depending on rapport, I can ask if they are interested in mentoring me. I’ve never done this before and was wondering if anyone can recommend a different approach to finding a mentor or is interested in being a mentor.

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What are somethings that Americans should take into account when doing business in the Middle East?

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In terms of cultural differences, negotiation strategies, etc…

Answer:

Dinesh Mokariya, Fixing B2B Trade Marketplace at IshtoApp.com

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How do I buy local and export?

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How do I buy local and export?

I want to fulfill orders of apples for international buyers on AliBaba. How do I go about doing this.

I want to buy the apples from local growers and then ship them out to the people wanting them on AliBaba. How do I set this all up, how do I get suppliers to supply me locally. Who do I approach first.

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How do I find the large number of USA wholesale buyer list?

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How do I find the large number of USA wholesale buyer list?

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Well – experiment with the words and try to find some Facebook groups – that is one way. “USA wholesale buyers and sellers” etc.
Alternatively, list major cities of US and contact their chamber of commerce, it’s likely that they would give you the list of businesses for free.

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How do I know what to import?

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How do I know what to import?

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There are just so many things/products that you can import. And potential of any product in any country is so high that you would likely get the piece of the pie – provided you work hard for it.
It’s usually the case that you would have that one single product in mind but you are unsure whether to import or not. I am pretty sure I’m right – because that did happen with me. I say go for it – because if you play around with the idea for a long time you will miss out on it. May be start small, make a mistake, learn a thing or two. You will automatically get the answer to it.
And to answer you question plainly, go for a food product, may be packaged food product.

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How do I get buyers from Dubai?

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How do I get buyers from Dubai?

I want to start exporting from India to Dubai how can I get buyers?
Answer:
This questions must be in many people’s mind. But there is no easy answer to this.
It’s pure hard work and dedication. I wouldn’t be totally wrong if I were to assume that you wanted to export textiles products from India to Dubai. I will try my best to answer this and hopefully, it’ll help.
-Go to Dubai Chamber of Commerce website – Dubai commercial directory, company list, dubai phone directory and find companies of your interest and send them short emails with your offers. They may or may not answer but try to follow-up with them every week. Make an excel sheet recording their responses and try to convince them to take a small order from you. It’s all about how you approach them and what you tell them about your products. Keep in mind they will never pay cash upfront – be prepared for that.
Speak with them via email and take a trip to Dubai – meet with them face to face it will establish trust between you two. And like I said, it is pure hard work and dedication.
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How can I setup a one man company in Dubai and what will be the associated costs?

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The short answer that no one likes is that – it depends on the nature of your business.

You said one man company – meaning you can only go for FZE (Free Zone Est.).  This is offered by many in Dubai – eg, Internet company is registered in Internet City (Free Zone), Education company in Knowledge Village (Free Zone), Media company in Media City, International Business company in Dubai World Central (Free Zone) and Consultancy of any kind in Jumeirah Lakes Tower (Free Zone).

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New Approach to finding wholesale buyers and suppliers

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Global Trade has slowed down in recent years. There are different Government bodies working on finding if this is the new normal. This is about major players dealing in millions and billions. Small business owners in many countries are flourishing – thanks to many B2B trade platforms like Alibaba.com, Global Sources and India Mart, to name a few.

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Trade between the UAE and India

India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have long shared economic, political and cultural links.  The relationship between the two countries began to grow even more after the official establishment of the UAE in 1971.  In August 2004, India and the Gulf Corporation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman) signed a free trade agreement to knock down trade barriers between the countries, which created enormous opportunity for international traders.

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Top 10 Export Opportunities to India

India, with a population of over 1.25 Billion, has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, growing at over 7% annually.  India is also one of the youngest countries in the world, with two thirds of the country below the age of 35.  As India’s middle class grows, so does the need for new products.  Below are the top 10 export opportunities to India.

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The ‘m’ and the ‘e’ in Commerce

Have you ever wondered why there are the lowercase letters m and e before the word commerce when speaking about importing and exporting?

It is in fact very simple. The lowercase e stands for electronic, which creates the expression electronic commerce, hence e-commerce.

The other lowercase, m, stands for mobile. Mobile commerce refers to commercial transactions conducted electronically by mobile phone. As you can tell, m-commerce is more specific and follows the natural development of human connectivity.

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Ishto Teaser Video

We know that this is not the best teaser video in the world – but this is what we get when we are bootstrapping.

Amazing thing here is that we were able to list some of the very annoying stuff that we face on current trade platforms.

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