Exporting From The UK: The 9 Most Costly Mistakes

Exporting can be complicated and take time to understand.  It’s worth researching or even signing up to a course that will teach you in depth knowledge to trade internationally. There are many pitfalls and costly mistakes that you should be aware of.  Below and the 9 most common and costly:

 1. Not understanding effective sourcing techniques.
Result: You’re limiting potential suppliers and perhaps not getting the best products at the most competitive price.

2.Not identifying  ALL costs from seller to buyer.
Result: Not realising expected profit margins but increased costs.

3.Not understanding  import custom regimes and correct tariff  number.
Result:  Not minimising your  import custom duty leading to higher, unnecessary costs.

4. Not understanding Sea/ Air freight rate structures.
Result: Being overcharged by your Freight forwarder.

5. Not understanding method of payments available.
Result: Negative cash flow, not using method of payment as a negotiating tool.

6. Not undertaking  how to conduct in depth and comprehensive market research.
Result: Dead stock or limiting your customer base.

7. Not identifying most advantageous channel to sell your goods through wholesalers, retailers, direct to public via own retail outlet or websites.
Results: Lost sales.

8. Not understanding your responsibilities  and costs under the Term of Delivery used in the sales contract.
Result: Charged for costs you are not responsible for, reducing your profit margins.

9. Lacking negotiating skills.
Result: Loosing out on negotiations and not receiving the best deal that you could have.