Sources of information about overseas suppliers

  • Professional contacts: Professional contact of the purchasing staff can facilitate an evaluation of specific suppliers capability
  • Trade journals: Trade journals are published regularly by different industries in various countries and provide vital information on suppliers
  • Directories: Directories are good sources of information and are often printed by an organised industry in a particular country
  • Trading companies: Japan frequently uses this marketing channel which provides advantages of convenience, efficiency and assurance of supply to international buyers.
  • Import brokers: They offer a buying and forwarding service in exporting country and often become very knowledgeable about the products
  • Internet: This is global system of inter connected computer networks that use the standard internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It enables business people to search relevant suppliers across the globe.
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