Destination: Export South America?
Here are some things to consider before you start your project Export South America.
But geographic proximity doesn’t necessarily translate into easy access. You’ll need a little know-how and a lot of help before you’re export South America ready and its handle borders.
The last thirty years have brought sweeping political, social, and economic changes to many South American countries. Harsh dictatorships have given way to more democratic forms of government, clearing a path for free market influences and foreign trade. Although issues like NAFTA and illegal immigration monopolize the media spotlight, there is a growing awareness among small business owners that South American markets are prime territory for U.S. and European exports.
Trade barriers represent a significant obstacle to the export South America industry. South American countries are acutely aware of the disparity in trade relationships with the U.S. and other economic powerhouses. To protect themselves, they have formed trading blocks and established other trade barriers to protect their markets from outside competition. MERCOSUR, the Group of Three (Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico), and the Association of Caribbean States are just some of the trading groups exporters need to contend with in the region.
The Role of Export Consultants
The upside of an export South America type of mentality is that there is no shortage of consultants willing to help new exporters navigate the complexities of trade. An effective consultant should be highly knowledgeable about South American trade restrictions, conversant in South American customs, and capable of strategizing methods for inexperienced business owners to gain entry into otherwise closed markets.
However, an effective export consultant should also have his finger on the economic pulse of the region and be able to suggest the best markets for your company’s products and services. Ideally, he will have an extensive background in several South American countries as well as the skills to locate and evaluate potential trade partners on your behalf. That’s why in IMPORT RADAR ™ we make our full compromise to assist you on every step on the way to gain profits in your Export South American market intro.
Despite the challenges in an export South America effort, there are several emerging markets worth considering. For example, Chile is a market that has recently experienced a tremendous growth in imports. In the past three years, Chile’s U.S. and EU imports have grown by 150% from $2.72 billion to $6.79 billion. The U.S. industries that have benefited from this expansion cover a broad range of market sectors including construction, IT, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, and more.
Although trade restrictions in Chile are minimal, the boom in Chilean imports has not gone unnoticed. Competition is fierce and the market is saturated with foreign exporters eager to sell their wares to Chile’s 16+ million consumers. The best (and maybe only) way to gain access in Chile is to establish a relationship with a reputable Chilean agent or representative. Trust IMPORT RADAR ™ for your solutions to expand your business to the Chilean market.