The volume of imports has grown constantly in Brazil, mainly among individuals, small and medium enterprises. Unlike large industries, this group usually has no knowledge of the import details, incurring some mistakes.
For this reason, we have listed five valuable tips so you don't make the most frequent mistakes when importing.
Because of the ease of buying on the Internet, many importers may end up buying without planning. When you see an offer on a website, discounts or easy conditions, you can make a bad deal, thinking you are making a big purchase.
There are several variables that must be considered when importing some product. The main ones are: taxes, exchange rate and bureaucracy.
As for taxes, you should be aware of the amount of your purchase, the type of product and the country from which you are importing. The rates can vary a lot!
Regarding the exchange rate, remember that it is updated frequently, but in credit purchases there is a certain delay in correcting the values. Check with your credit card company.
In addition, be sure to check exchange rate trends. It can be much more advantageous to postpone a non-urgent purchase a few days in search of better prices.
As for the country, bilateral agreements may exist for some products that reasonably lower the import tariff. You should research this before making the transaction.
It is very frequent, for failing to perform a survey regarding the company's reliability, that importers end up acquiring products with much lower quality than expected.
Products can even be counterfeit! There are companies, mainly in the textile industry, that offer counterfeit or similar products as if they were original. Others may offer misleading descriptions of product qualities.
There is a certain belief of the Brazilian that certain imported products have a much higher quality than domestic ones or a much lower price. Therefore, sometimes an unnecessary transaction can be made, because there would be several products with superior quality within our borders.
If you wish to make a large purchase, it is worth looking for the supplier's contact to try some negotiation. Because of the internet, conversations can be made instantly or very quickly, without additional costs as in the case of telephone calls.
So don't hesitate to negotiate! In a few minutes, you can get a great discount.
Rates vary greatly according to the value of your purchase and the quantity of products. For example, even if in a personal purchase you purchase many similar products, customs may consider your purchase as commercial.
Or, often, taking advantage that you are already importing, you can buy products for your own use. However, you run the risk of paying a higher tariff for these products, and it is more advantageous to import them separately.
Do you realize how the import has more details than you initially thought? So don't forget these two golden words: planning and research! They can get you out of a lot of stress in the future.