There are many times when an individual or a business will find it necessary to make international fastener purchases. For instance, if you live in a country where the manufacturing industry for such products is not well developed, you may opt to get products from overseas if you are very interested in quality. You may also decide to import if you are interested in very specific fastener types, such as custom made ones. These are usually not commonly made, and only a handful of fastener vendors might stock them or produce them.
For most people, going through the process of importing anything often turns out to be a hassle. However, you can get rid of most of the problems associated with the process by simply preparing yourself. When you want to import fasteners, some of the issues you need to take into account include:
The laws in your jurisdiction
You need to find out what the laws are in your jurisdiction. This is usually the first and most important step when importing anything including titanium hex head cap screws or even Inconel socket set screws. Understanding what laws you need to abide by will also give you the ability to figure out how to go about the importation to reduce complications. Some countries will require you to file several documents and even pay specific fees either during, before or after the importation. Knowing what your obligations are will help you accelerate the process.
Make sure your documentation is in order
For the vast majority of people who end up having a hard time importing fasteners, the problem normally comes about simply because they did not do the right documentation. Items such as import declaration forms need to be filled out accurately if you are to expedite the process. Remember that once filed, having to redo them because of minor errors could be time consuming, and could increase the amount of time it takes to receive the items.
Get help if you have to
Are you importing the fastener for the first time? Are you not familiar with import regulations and procedures, and are not willing to start learning them from scratch? In such cases, you could get a third party to handle the process for you rather than using a trial and error approach. Getting a clearing and forwarding agent, for instance, will ensure that you get the benefits of professional service without having to bother with most of the procedures yourself. Of course, you will need to pay the firms or individuals who do this for you. In many cases, however, you will find that the cost associated with this is low compared to how much benefit you get from them. The trick is to ensure that you work with a party that offers the best value for money. They should offer excellent service without being overly expensive.
Importing fasteners for any reason is usually difficult for many people depending on which country they are in. By following the above, the complexity of the process of making international fastener purchases can be reduced, and it can be made much smoother.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.