Import Export Tariffs, Customs Duty & Business Tax

Costs of importing and exporting can of course make products far more expensive than when sold in domestic markets. Pricing must therefore be carefully monitored and controlled and take into account import tariffs, customs duty, business tax,  costs of freight, shipping insurance, overseas agent’s commissions, and other incidental expenditure.

Product insurance is essential and can be arranged through insurance brokers. As a rough illustration of what factors make for accurate pricing controls, the following must be taken into account:

Collecting long-standing payments and debts can prove a very serious problem, particularly for the small business.

One of the major attractions of dealing through domestic export houses or buying agents in one’s own country is the relative certainty of being paid promptly, and in sterling. Extended credit is not usually encountered.

Export Costs & Procedures For Trade In Africa

Exporting direct on the other hand brings certain problems, mainly of ensuring payment and avoiding risks incurred from fluctuating currency exchange rates. It is no secret that some countries have a reputation for speedy payment, whilst others prove quite the opposite.

The normal procedure with a new customer to whom one exports, is to use either Letters of Credit or other documentary collection handled and co-ordinated by banks. If you plan to offer credit, you should take up references in the same manner as would be the case for a new UK customer.

Import Export Costs & Procedures For Trade In Africa

We work with individuals, entrepreneurs, SMEs and international companies and corporations to increase brand awareness, market share, sales and profits from exporting to West African markets such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

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We offer consultancy services on every aspect of importing, exporting, shipping and distributing into West African countries