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Pricing for International Markets. Pricing for International Markets. I.Price Escalation - firms must often adjust their prices upwards in international markets. Reasons: Costs related to transportation, insurance, tariffs, taxes, storage, documentation, packing and middleman margins.

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Pricing for International Markets

Pricing for International Markets

I.Price Escalation - firms must often adjust their prices upwards in international markets.

Reasons: Costs related to transportation, insurance, tariffs, taxes, storage, documentation, packing and middleman margins.

A. Ways to Reduce Price Escalation

1)Marketing action

2)Government action

Sample Causes and Effects of Price Escalation


Example 1:Example 2:Example 3:

Assuming theImporter andSame as 2 but

same channels withsame marginswith 10 percent

Domestic wholesaler import-and channelscumulative

Example ing directlyturnover tax

Manufacturing net$ 5.00$ 5.00$ 5.00$ 5.00

Transport, c.i.f.n.a.

Tariff (20 percent c.i.f. value)n.a.

Importer paysn.a.n.a.7.327.32

Importer margin when1.83

sold to wholesaler+0.73 *

(25 percent) on costn.a.n.a.1.832.56

Wholesaler pays landed cost5.007.329.15+9.88

3.29+0.99 *

Wholesaler margin (331/3 percent on cost)1.672.443.05=4.28

Retailer pays6.679.7612.2014.16


+1.42 *

Retail margin (50 percent on cost)3.344.886.10=8.50

Retail price10.0114.6418.3022.66

Notes:a.All figures in U.S. dollars; c.i.f = cost, insurance, and freight; n.a. = not applicable.

b.The exhibit assumes that all domestic transportation costs are absorbed by the middleman.

c.Transportation, tariffs, and middleman margins vary from country to country, but for purposes of comparison, only a few of the possible variations are shown.

* Turnover Tax

Price Escalation

The Lower Prices are at Home

New YorkLondonParisTokyoMexico City

Aspirin$ 0.99$ 1.23$ 7.08$ 6.53$ 1.78

Cup of coffee1.251.502.102.800.91


Compact disk12.9914.9923.1622.0913.91

Levi 501 jeans39.9974.9275.4079.7354.54

Ray-Ban sunglasses 45.0088.5081.23134.4989.39

Sony Walkman 59.9574.9886.00211.34110.00

Nike Air Jordans 125.00134.99157.71172.91154.24

Gucci men's loafers 275.00292.50271.99605.19157.27

Nikon camera629.95840.00691.00768.491,054.42

SOURCE: "Tourists and Bargains Galore," Fortune, June 13, 1994, p. 12.

Benefits of A Foreign Trade Zone (FTC)

  • Tariffs may be lower because duties are typically assessed at a lower rate for unassembled versus assembled goods.

  • If labor costs are lower in the importing country, substantial savings may be realized in the final product costs.

  • Ocean transportation rates are affected by weight and volume; thus, unassembled goods may qualify for lower freight rates.

  • If local content, such as packaging or component parts, can be used in the final assembly, there may be further reduction of tariffs.



Pricing for International Markets

II.Pricing and the Product Life Cycle



3)Market pricing

III. Export Pricing Strategy

1)Standard worldwide prices

2)Dual pricing

3)Market differentiated pricing

Pricing for International Markets

IV. Counter-trade: A Sale that encompasses more than an exchange of goods and services for money.

A)Reasons for counter-trade



D)Reasons for growth

Pricing for International Markets

V.Terms of Payment

1) Cash in advance

2) Open accounts

3) Letters of credit

4) Consignment

VI. Leasing

Leasing in International Markets

• Leasing opens the door to a large segment of nominally financed foreign firms that can be sold on a lease option but might be unable to buy for cash.

• Leasing can ease the problems of selling new, experimental equipment, since less risk is involved for users.

• Leasing helps guarantee better maintenance and service on overseas equipment.

• Equipment leased and in use helps to sell other companies in that country.

• Lease revenue tends to be more stable over a period of time than direct sales would be.

Pricing for International Markets

VII.Dumping: Selling goods overseas at a price lower than in the exporter’s home country or below cost.

A)Predatory vs. unintentional dumping

B)Anti-dumping duties

C)Countervailing duties

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VIII.Gray Marketing - occurs when products are diverted from authorized channels in international markets and are sold at a lower price than is authorized by the manufacturer.

IX.Reasons for Increase in Gray Markets

1)More global products

2)Fluctuating exchange rates

3)Pricing policies

4)Excess supply

5)“Free rider” opportunities

Pricing for International Markets

X.Dealing with Gray Markets

1)Legal action

2)Adapt products to local markets

3)Change pricing policies

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