World Market and Global Economy are more than simply buzz words. We buy and sell goods across international borders with wild abandon. Import and export businesses are everywhere, sometimes dealing as wholesale distributors, sometimes as independent buyers and retailers, buying goods in one country and selling them in another. Here is a collection of resources, products and services to help you develop your new business importing and exporting products.

Import Export Sample Business Plans

Looking for inspiration? Check out our import export company sample business plans. See how others like you got started and turned their business idea into a reality. These plans can be read fully online.

Coffee Export Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
In this sample business plan Silvera & Sons prepares green Arabica coffee beans grown in Brazil for exportation to American specialty roasters and sells to wholesalers in the Brazilian market.

Artificial Flowers Import Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
The Fantastic Florals, Inc. sample business plan imports exclusively handmade flowers by artisans from Indonesia. The firm’s main office is in Anytown, and has a customs house broker in to deal with related matters.

Export Watch Manufacturer Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
The Grutzen Watches sample business plan describes how this manufacturing and distribution company plans to become the number one selling European-made watch in the western United States.

Print Shop Website Business Plan (Full Plan Online) is being designed as a global Internet printing services and print shop focused on reducing the overall printing price structure. intends to establish and operate an Internet print shop with offices and online services hosted in this country, and printing facilities established offshore, and importing the customers’ finished products.

Import Export Marketing Plan

See how Silvera and Sons put together a marketing plan to increase exports of Brazilian coffee beans to roasters in the United States. They communicate to current and potential customers, through targeted efforts, their position as a differentiated provider of highest-quality Arabica beans.

Start a Business Resource Kit

Looking for more resources to help you start your import/export business? This free online business planning toolkit includes a presentation by business planning guru Tim Berry, a set of business calculators, sample business plans and more. Launch the toolkit

Additional Import Export Sample Business Plans

These, and other Import Export sample business plans, as well as the fully viewable plans listed above, are available in LivePlan.

Ethnic Food Import Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
Aztec Food Imports (Aztec) will offer food product imports from Mexico to meet increased demand for these products by the city’s growing Hispanic/Latino community in the greater Richmond area. From this base, Aztec will build a successful business serving the area’s large and small markets.

Furniture Import Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
Poppi Designs is an importer of Italian furniture serving New York. This sample business plan shows how the company has undergone various changes in business strategy. The refined model is to import a wide range of Italian furniture and sell primarily to designers and unfinished furniture retail stores.

Export Automobile Parts Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
In this sample business plan D.A.P. Exports is a business that exports automobile parts and auto lubricants to Caribbean Sea countries. Many of the company’s shipments combine American-made products with foreign parts with some re-packaging and labeling.

Import Export Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
It is the mission of Visigoth Imports to provide complete import/export brokerage services including purchase contracts, shipping, warehousing, and delivery scheduling. The company will concentrate on special and cultural imports from Germany and Scandinavia to the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth, WA. Visigoth also plans to provide trade consultation services to newly started farms created under the Puget Consumers Co-op’s Farmland Fund initiative.

Fitness Equipment Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
Circuit Fitness Importingis a start-up business that has been formed as a registered LLC. The company’s sample business plan shows how it will become the exclusive importer of the Wega Corporation’s innovative Esercitazione Diritta fitness equipment.

Start an Import/Export BusinessImport Export Business Start-up Kit

This informative business binder provides the essential knowledge you need to plan and start an import/export business. It covers such basics of import export businesses as location considerations, facility requirements, personnel needs, legal requirements, finance, marketing, operations, and more. Also included in this start-up kit is a copy of LivePlan software, the world’s bestselling business planning software

Import Export Industry Research

Get valuable financial intelligence and industry trends for businesses in the import/export industry research report. We provide detailed reports with five years of financials, business ratios, and more. Better yet, our import/export industry reports are available at the U.S. national, state, and even county level, so you can really understand the local competitive environment. Start your market research the easy way.

Select and purchase industry research reports for the wholesale and import furniture trade, code 5021

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