Imports & Exports
- 1 What Is It?
- 2 The Three Levels of Import/Export Interaction
- 3 Associated Costs
- 4 The Basics
- 5 How Do I?
What Is It?
Imports & Exports are FSN's tie in to our custom built Global Economy. This system simulates real world markets and dynamically creates supply and demand in multiple locations throughout the globe. This system has eliminated the need for on-map selling of products, and has introduced the ability to have many other product types. This article will serve to help give you information on the basics regarding the Import & Export system.
The Three Levels of Import/Export Interaction
We know that everyone may love or hate playing the meta game through the website. As such, we have built the system to be approachable for new players, while making it also something that isn't mandatory if you prefer to just quickly sell your stuff.
Level 1 - Direct Market Sales
This level is for farmers who are just looking to sell their goods at market. This method requires no import or export licenses, and no warehouse space. It is the most simple of all the methods of import/export interaction.
Level 2 - Local Market Sales
This level is designed for people who want to get the best possible prices in their local area, but aren't interested in shipping goods to other countries or trading commodities in multiple locations. Handling this level of import/export interaction will require a warehouse for your local market, but no other warehouses or licenses.
Level 3 - International Sales
This is the highest level and is designed for people who are interested in maximizing profit, trading, and spending time to wheel and deal in commodities. This can require multiple warehouses across the globe as well as multiple import and export licenses.
There are multiple costs that are associated with operating in the import and export industry. These will vary depending on just how involved you get.
- Warehouses: $5,000 per level (Grants 25,000L of capacity.), must renew every 30 days for $1,000 per level.
- Import/Export License: $1,000 per license, must renew every 30 days for $1,000 each.
- Shipping: Standard $500 + $15/1000L, Express $2500 + $60/1000L (2x Speed).
Below you will find information regarding how to perform the basics of all functions in the import and export system.
To perform a direct sale, you will move your goods from your farm or field to the Customs Silo on your map. This is usually easily found by one of the sell points, and should have some Lemken Blue colored equipment in the area. If you are unsure if you have found the right spot, ask members in the questions channel on discord. Simply dump your load into the silo (Be sure to KEEP TRACK of exactly how much you put in so you know the amount to make your contract for!), and then go to the website.
Login, then click through Myself > My Business > Crop Sales
On the crop sales screen you will enter the appropriate information, ensuring that you select "Direct Sell". NOTE: You can only do 100,000L at a time through the website. If you deliver 200,000L to the silo, you will need to do this process twice.
Once you have submitted the direct sell request, you will be asked to confirm this and will be shown what you will be paid per 1000L and what your total income will be. Once you confirm this, your sale will be locked in, but you will not immediately receive the funds. This will then generate a Customs contract, and a customs officer will log into your server, verify your drop off, and then will authorize the transaction. At this time you will be paid and they will remove the goods from the map. Your funds will be immediately available in your web account and you will have a note of the transaction in your ledger.
Local Market Sales
Selling to the local market will require you to have a warehouse. To do this you will go to Interactions > Import/Export Center on the website, then click the warehouses button. Here you will see a dropdown that will let you pick the country you want your warehouse in. Be sure to pick the right country for your map, and then click purchase. This will give you a level 1 warehouse. If you need more capacity, you will have to upgrade it using the upgrade dropdown menu down further on your screen.
Once you have your warehouse and it is the size you'd like it to be, you have two methods to fill your warehouse and then sell goods. The first method is to move goods to the warehouse from on the map. To do this you will deliver the goods to the customs silo, and then go to Myself > My Business > Crop Sales and then you will be sure to select "Warehouse" instead of Direct Sale. This will again generate a contract for a customs officer and once it has been completed the goods will be moved off map and will show up in your warehouse. The second method to acquiring goods in your warehouse is to either place a buy order on the market, or buy from an existing sell order on the market.
If you wish to place a buy order, you will go to the "Details" area for the country you are in. This can easily be navigated to by clicking on the country flag of your warehouse. Once here, on the right hand side of your page you will see a order generation form. Simply fill out the required fields and submit the order. This will set up a buy order to be filled, and other players can then sell you their goods at your specified price.
If you wish to buy from an existing sell order, you will go to the "Details" area for the country you are in, and again can navigate there easily by clicking on the country flag of your warehouse. Once there, scroll down to the sell orders and see if any are available for a price you are willing to pay, on a good you want. If you find one, simply fill in the amount you wish to buy, and purchase.
Once you have goods in your warehouse you can create sell orders, or wait for buy orders to pop up at a price you are willing to sell for.
International Market Sales
Selling to the international market will require you to have warehouses anywhere you wish to buy/sell/ship goods, as well as an export license for anywhere you ship goods from, and an import license for anywhere you wish to receive goods at. Ensure that all of your warehouses have enough capacity for what you want to do!
Once you have all your warehouses and proper licenses, you can begin trading on the market. Whether you bring everything to your warehouses from a farm on map, or you buy and sell through orders, the possibilities are endless. This is considered an advanced method of working with the system, and we encourage you to either find a mentor or take some time learning the basics of direct selling and local market sales before trying to set up a global network.
How Do I?
Get Goods From Farm To Market
Method A: Deliver goods to the customs silo on your map, and then go to the website Myself > My Business > Crop Sales, enter the appropriate information and mark it as a Direct Sale. This will generate a Customs contract and when that is completed by a customs officer your goods will be sold and your account will be credited.
Method B: Deliver goods to the customs silo on your map, and then go to the website Myself > My Business > Crop Sales, enter the appropriate information and mark it as a Warehouse Shipment. This will generate a Customs contract and when that is completed by a customs officer your goods will show up in your warehouse.
Buy a Warehouse
On the website go to Interactions > Import/Export Center > Warehouses, and then click the dropdown to select the appropriate country, and click Purchase Warehouse. This will cost $5,000. To upgrade your warehouse, scroll down, find the upgrade button and choose how many levels you wish to upgrade at $5,000 per level. To renew a warehouse, the form right by the upgrade form has a simple button to renew for another 30 days at a cost of $1,000 per level.
Buy a License
On the website go to Interactions > Import/Export Center > Licenses, and then click the dropdown for the country and type of license you need. This will cost $1,000, and then you will see in the list below which countries you have licenses for, and when they are due to renew. To renew a license, simply click the renew button beside that license. Renewals cost $1,000 each.
See Economy Data For All Countries For A Product
On the website go to Interactions > Import/Export Center. Then use the dropdown to select the product you want to see data on, and hit the blue button.
See Detailed Information On A Particular Country
On the website go to Interactions > Import/Export Center. Scroll and click the flag of the country you are interested in. This will take you to a page where you will see it's demand level for all products, your current warehouse for that country (If Any), a form to create a buy or sell order, and then below a list of all open buy and sell orders for that country.
Create a Order
On the website, go to Interactiosn > Import/Export Center. Click the country that you wish to create an order in. Then on the right hand side fill out the Order Creation form. Ensure that you have the funds, goods, and warehouse capacity for the order. If all criteria are met, your order will be created.
On the website, go to Interactions > Import/Export Center > Warehouses. Scroll to the warehouse you want to send goods FROM, and then on the right hand side there is a shipping column. As long as you have an export license for that country it will show a form. The form will have a dropdown with the location of any country you have an import license for. Simply fill out the form, select your shipping method, and hit ship. As long as you have funds and space available for the shipment, it will process through, and you can then view your pending or completed shipments in Interactions > Import/Export Center > Shipping.