Market entry strategy for exports to India

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If India is a relatively unknown market for you, you need a clear market entry strategy. This may be different from the strategies you have used so far, as the market structure and the competition is different.

Alliance experts helps you to develop your market entry strategy on the go. We scan the market, launch your product and grow your sales, constantly monitoring the responses and improving your approach.

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Oppportunities for international business in India

India, located in South Asia, is the world’s second-most populous country, with a population exceeding 1.3 billion as of 2023. Known for its rich cultural diversity, historical heritage, and vast geography, India plays a significant role in global affairs.

The Indian economy, with a GDP per capita of around $2,100 USD in 2023, is characterized by a mix of agriculture, manufacturing, and services. Agriculture remains a key sector, supporting a large portion of the population. The service sector, particularly IT and software services, has seen rapid growth and global integration. Manufacturing is also expanding, with initiatives like ‘Make in India’ promoting industrial development.

India’s major imports include crude oil, precious stones, machinery, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, vital for its growing economy and population.

Business opportunities in India

Below are the potential growth sectors in India:

  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Information technology
  • Retail industry
  • Tourism services

Over the last few years, India has been an outsourcing destination for various organizations. But this scenario is changing rapidly, and trade in services and goods is quickly improving. Cultural barriers along with government barriers are the issues one has to tackle to grow a business here.

Agriculture industry sector in India

The economy in India relies heavily on agriculture. A large portion of India’s land can be cultivated and it ranks second in farm output in the whole world. Countless opportunities in agribusiness are abound in India.

This sector contributes to the country’s gross domestic product, at an estimated value of 10% of the total amount. Agriculture is also the primary source of income for Indians especially in rural households. To note, around 830 million Indians live in rural areas.

Aside from the country’s major crops which include rice, wheat, coarse cereals, cotton, and oilseeds, India also boasts of an abundance of raw materials – buffalo meat, milk, bananas, mango, guava, pulses, tea, and sugarcane.

There are huge quantities produced in most food categories in India. The nation ranks among the highest in the areas of milk, fruit and vegetables, livestock, grain and other food production. However, the level of processing in India is low. Some examples of this include only 2.2% of all fruits and vegetables being processed and only 6% of poultry products.

Manufacturing in India

17 per cent of India’s GDP is represented by its manufacturing sector, in contrast to the 53 per cent of the services sector. Lack of infrastructure and connectivity is seen the reason for the investment shift into more asset-light services sector.

Make in India is a national campaign that promotes manufacturing growth for both domestic and international products. The campaign aims to foster innovation, facilitate investment, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property, and build top-of-the line manufacturing infrastructure.

IT and ICT sector in India

IT is one of India’s strengths. In view of this PM Modi has also launched digital India. The initiative aims to tap India’s IT capabilities and to promote investments into IT and mobile infrastructure.

With both hardware and software coverage, India aims to achieve the following:

  1. Improvement of electronic infrastructure including fibre optic cables, mobile coverage, and broadband coverage;
  2. Promotion of electronics marketing;
  3. Promotion of more e-governance solutions by various government authorities to address business and civilian needs.

Mobile communications in India

There is an increasing demand for mobile handsets and electronics; this will in turn create opportunities for brand owners and trading companies to supply and see growth together with the market. Indian market also provides opportunities for software companies that provide expert solutions for mobile and e-governance. In order to effectively ride on the trend, investing companies must tailor their products and suite of applications and products for the Indian market.

Why enter the market in India with us?

We know the market from inside-out

We work with local teams, who already know the market, speak the language and know the business culture.

We are active in over 30 countries

We can compare different markets and as we can help you in all of them, we only favor the market that may work out best for you.

You Reduce your risks

We help you avoid cultural misunderstandings, compliance issues, and other risks associated with entering a new market.

Try our services in India

Our structured approach: scan - Launch - Grow

The best way to learn about a market is to start reaching out and adjust your sales pitch on-the-go. This is what we do in our Scan-Launch-Grow approach. 

1st month

We scan the market

We dive into your product and what sales strategy has worked for you in other countries. We show you offering to various potential distributors or customers to collect feedback. And we review your competition so that we can determine the best market entry strategy. 

2nd month

We launch your product

Together with you we develop a first pitch for your target group. We extend our long-list of potential targets further and start reaching out, getting to the right decision makers and pitching your product. And we discuss the results with you, in order to optimise your strategy further.

3rd and next months

We grow your sales

We keep searching for new distributor candidates or clients and reach out to them. We also follow-up on previous contacts we had and on leads that you bring in. We introduce you to interested parties, but we can also support in meetings or close deals on your behalf. Every month we review our results.

Customer Experiences

” Alliance Experts strongly supported our growth in African markets. Innovative, effective strategies, and superb communication. “
James Martin

James Martin

Brabantia

” Invaluable local insights led to great distributor matches. Their approach revolutionized our market entry strategy. Highly recommend! “
Francis Huang

Francis Huang

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” Alliance experts has helped us with clear insights in a market which was relatively new to us. Even under difficult circumstances they found good dealer candidates. “
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Harley Davidson

” Alliance Experts’ tailored strategies boosted our Europe market presence phenomenally. Exceptional service, highly recommended! “
Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang

Kamtec

” Outstanding service! Found the perfect partners in within a few months. Our international sales skyrocketed thanks to their expertise. “

Mehmet Aksoy

RR Engineers

” During our cooperation Alliance experts showed an effective approach and tracking, professionalism and provided the services reliably and on time. “
Nouraldine Banaeinejad

Nouraldin Banaeinejad

CAN Home appliances

Companies we have helped with market entry strategy

RR Engineers
Brabantia
Oklas
Golden Red Trade Solution
Apart Group
Plastinovo
EEPC India
Topdesk
HCP – the sweetener company
Molarclean

We are active in over 30 countries