Q: What's the first step to starting an import company?
A: There are many steps, and the sequence of the steps differs depending on the product, the market, the suppliers, any licenses needed, and many other factors. Indeed, once might say that the first step is getting the basic business knowledge on learning the steps by getting an MBA and/or a legal education, but many quite successful importers have neither. I'd suggests buying an hour of time from a lawyer who knows a little about international trade and corporate formation and discussing your ideas in a confidential environment where your ideas cannot be stolen.
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