I’ll never forget some of the posts a certain fellow in Canada made in a forum about ‘Dealers’ and their Capitialist ways. He showed his complete ignorance of the challenges of import when he posted that a buyer should not have to pay anymore than 10% above the landed cost of the item.
There are so many things that an importer has little control over, and I give one example here.
I was expecting a few PMGs this month, and then I get an email from my broker that the US AGRA folks had found pests, slammed the doors on the container and issued an emergency order to export the container out of the country!
This is a risk every importer takes when he ships products in a consolidated container, your stuff might meet all the specs, but a single package prepared by somebody else can hold up your shipment for months.
I’m not whining, these are the risks, but there are far more as well. When you see a Dealer with a mark up a little higher than you expected, there’s likely a good reason.