What is foreign Trade or International Trade?
Answer: Foreign trade is nothing but trade between the different countries of the world. It is also called as International trade, External trade or Inter-Regional trade. It consists of imports, exports and entrepot. The inflow of goods in a country is called import trade whereas outflow of goods from a country is called export trade. Many times goods are imported for the purpose of re-export after some processing operations. This is called entrepot trade. Foreign trade basically takes place for mutual satisfaction of wants and utilities of resources.
It is the set of studies and commercial operations between two or more countries where there is
exchange of goods, services and/or capital.
It is the set of studies and commercial operations expressed in national rules, norms and laws.
Foreign Trade is executed by the State or Government and International Trade is exercised by
companies and/or individuals and/or institutions. Therefore, when we study the Foreign Trade of
a country, we are studying its rules, norms, laws and its commercial policy. And when we speak
of International Trade, we are referring to exports and imports of goods, services and capital.
Foreign trade is exchange of capital, goods, and services across international borders or
territories. In most countries, it represents a significant share of gross domestic product (GDP).
While international trade has been present throughout much of history, its economic, social, and
political importance has been on the rise in recent centuries.
All countries need goods and services to satisfy wants of their people. Production of goods and
services requires resources. Every country has only limited resources. No country can produce
all the goods and services that it requires. It has to buy from other countries what it cannot
produce or can produce less than its requirements. Similarly, it sells to other countries the goods which it has in surplus quantities. India too, buys from and sells to other countries various types of goods and services.
Generally no country is self-sufficient. It has to depend upon other countries for importing the
goods which are either non-available with it or are available in insufficient quantities. Similarly,
it can export goods, which are in excess quantity with it and are in high demand outside.
International trade means trade between the two or more countries. International trade involves
different currencies of different countries and is regulated by laws, rules and regulations of the
concerned countries. Thus, International trade is more complex.
According to Wasserman and Haltman, “International trade consists of transaction between
residents of different countries”.
According to Anatol Marad, “International trade is a trade between nations”.
According to Eugeworth, “International trade means trade between nations”.
Industrialization, advanced transportation, globalization, multinational corporations, and
outsourcing are all having a major impact on the international trade system. Increasing
international trade is crucial to the continuance of globalization. Without international trade,
nations would be limited to the goods and services produced within their own borders.
International trade is in principle not different from domestic trade as the motivation and the
behaviour of parties involved in a trade do not change fundamentally regardless of whether trade
is across a border or not. The main difference is that international trade is typically more costly
than domestic trade.
The reason is that a border typically imposes additional costs such as tariffs, time costs due to
border delays and costs associated with country differences such as language, the legal system or
culture. International trade consists of ‘export trade’ and ‘import trade’. Export involves sale of
goods and services to other countries. Import consists of purchases from other countries.
International or Foreign trade is recognized as the most significant determinants of economic
development of a country, all over the world. The foreign trade of a country consists of inward
(import) and outward (export) movement of goods and services, which results into. outflow and
inflow of foreign exchange. Thus it is also called EXIM Trade.