Foreign trade is the exchange of goods or services against payment between entrepreneurs in different countries. So what are the essential benefits of foreign trade? Is foreign trade profitable? We'll find out all this in a moment!
When discussing international transactions, it is worth recalling a few key concepts: import, export, re-export, transit and processing.
The first mentioned issue concerns the purchase of goods abroad and bringing them to the buyer's country, i.e. your company - the subsequent sale takes place only on the domestic market.
The second concept is selling our products in other countries, i.e. we export them from our country and offer them to entirely new recipients.
We divide re-export into direct and indirect. Direct is purchasing goods abroad and direct sales to a partner from another country - bypassing the home country. On the other hand, indirect transactions concern purchasing products abroad, bringing them home and further export abroad.
Transit is the transportation of purchased goods from one country to another through a third territory.
So what is processing? This type of trade involves processing raw materials or semi-finished products supplied from another country at the request of a specific foreign company.
As you can see, foreign trade refers to many activities, although most often, it focuses on the import and sale of goods and services to foreign markets. It is worth considering which operation in the exchange of goods and services would be best for the development of your company if you want to develop your business and conquer the world.
Therefore, it is crucial to analyse the benefits of foreign trade. Today it is not easy to imagine that any country in the world would produce and sell products exclusively on its territory only.
Thanks to international exchange, each of the parties involved in the transaction may purchase specific goods and factors of production. Thanks to the import of various products, we have easy access to them - we do not have to worry that there will be a shortage of, for example, coffee, which is not grown in the UK. Another benefit is that some countries produce certain goods at a lower cost, which pays off for the buyer, especially if the demand for this type of goods is high. Below is a list of other benefits of international trade:
foreign exchange enables better, rational use of resources and production factors at the disposal of a given country;
international cooperation provides access to a broad and much more diversified product offer - sometimes it is difficult to imagine functioning without a product that we could not purchase without foreign trade, and there are many such products;
international trade contributes to saving resources;
thanks to foreign exchange, we have greater competition, which forces entrepreneurs to improve products and offer, as well as introduce more attractive prices - the consumer gains a greater choice between similar products;
foreign trade enables the exchange of cultural patterns;
many products sold may be cheaper because they are more profitable to produce elsewhere;
trade cooperation between countries contributes to increased prosperity - state budget revenues become higher and new jobs are created;
many enterprises and institutions get a chance for dynamic development;
foreign trade, as it were, binds the economies of individual countries into one coherent whole;
the international exchange allows countries to have much more goods than if such cooperation did not take place,
foreign trade stimulates the development of technological facilities.
Practical cooperation between countries in selling goods and services is the best engine of the economy. Thanks to the progressing globalisation, the importance of foreign trade are growing year by year. Currently, almost every company has at least indirect trade contacts with other countries - this is an important aspect that allows companies to achieve many different benefits, not only financial.
The first forms of exchange between countries appeared in antiquity, but foreign trade is still dynamically developing and undergoing various transformations. It is also worth noting that this significantly affects the size of GDP and its structure.
Therefore, it is difficult to talk about losses in foreign trade. Foreign trade is one of the largest and most profitable businesses whose demand is constantly increasing.
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