Local business owners learn about imports and exports

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

The Small Business Association had a workshop on exports and imports on June 10 at the Asian American Civic Association. Six experts discussed nuances of international trade to local small business owners, with live interpretation in Cantonese.

Massachusetts’ No. 1 trade partner is Canada, with China at No. 2 and Hong Kong in the top 10, said Paula Murphy. China requires a license to import goods, so American businesses need to deal through a third party to export to China.

The Small Business Association had a workshop on exports and imports on June 10 at the Asian American Civic Association, with a presentation by Peter Dodds. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 美國中小企業協會於6月10日在華美福利會舉行了關於進出口方面的研討會,其中之一的講員是Peter Dodds。 (圖片由黃靈美提供。)

The Small Business Association had a workshop on exports and imports on June 10 at the Asian American Civic Association, with a presentation by Peter Dodds. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Jerry Blakeley, a retired entrepreneur since the 1950s, talked about finding import partners at trade shows and cultivating relationships. “If you have enough volume, go meet face to face, either overseas or at U.S. trade shows like the Consumer Electronics Show,” he said.

Logistics are another factor to consider in moving products, as time and the type of product are factors for whether they are air freight or shipped, said Moe Mitchell of UPS.

Peter Dodds spoke about his global supply chain experience, working with partners in Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Pakistan.

Former banker Michael Laffan spoke about securing credit from banks and lawyer Paula Connelly talked about legal issues in commerce, particularly for commercial entry forms.

Businesses looking to trade can consult a number of resources, such as the SBA Export Business Planner and Massachusetts Export Center, to learn about trade barriers, labeling requirements and country-specific requirements.

 

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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