The world has changed. In spite of the downturn in the economy China, India and the rest of Asia has rationalised the manufacturing sector in Australia forever. And it’s no longer just footwear, clothing and textiles – it is our whole manufacturing base.
It is a challenge to source quality reliable products from countries where the tradition of commercial law differs from ours. To switch to imported product to supplement or replace existing lines requires planning. The requirement to fund 30 days prior to receiving the goods from Asia compared with paying 60 days after receiving goods from a local supplier can be a shock. Managing ongoing quality and IP issues is a never-ending challenge.
Each situation has its challenges, but there are the experiences of many to fall back on. We have been involved in many aspects of importing. We have many answers to complex problems. We have local contacts too.