Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Intermodalism? Small to Medium Enterprises and Assosications take note!

Intermodalism? Small to Medium Enterprises and Associations take note!

John Lyman Business Chronicles

Small and Medium Enterprises and Associations fight uphill battles for international trade; especially, when confronting large corporations with significant influence on trade route shipping and competitive modes of delivery.

Not too long ago, I was asked by two of the most influential small business associations in Ecuador and Taiwan to work within their associations to determine which members might be able to establish international trade and might exercise spheres of influence in developing new, alternative trade routes.

Ecuador, the largest Latin American benefactor of multi-country trade agreements, wanted to work with their Federation of Exporters to develop an alternative trade route that bypassed the Panama Canal - "The Amazon Route to The Gulf of Mexico".

Taiwan, one of the most influential of the Greater Asia Pacific trade associations, wanted to establish new trade routes and to employ new technology that would deliver or receive products or services via newly established and small business friendly markets.

Ecuador offered a company that needed chemicals to assist the textile mill; however, larger competitors who have established priority on freight was stifling product competitiveness.

Taiwan offered a company that needed new markets for their textile chemicals; however, larger competitors who have established priority on freight was stifling product competitiveness.

A new, alternative trade route and freight forwarding portal had begun!

Hence the beginning of small and medium enterprise thinking of what should certainly now take note of "Intermodalism".

Small and Medium Enterprises and Associations moving international shipments via container using sequential transportation modes (water, air and land) while making use of the most efficient cost-effective methods to move goods. An entire new set of terms have developed around this concept of intermodalism.

If you are building or recapturing market be intelligent and build your bridges and load centers smartly.