Lourdes has been with Advance since 2001, servicing the Latin American market after emigrating from Peru. Her cultural background, language skills and personality has led her to establish a wide network at the different border entry points, officials in govt departments and most importantly has strong relationships with a variety of customers spread through out Mexico. Her knowledge of the market intricacies and the products is now extensive.
Although not as extensive as Mexico Lourdes has good business networks within other central American, Caribbean and South American countries
Lourdes arrived in NZ with degree in Business Administration from Lima University and 15 years of international trade experience in Peru. On arriving in NZ she did a diploma in Shipping and freight at the NZ Maritime School to ensure the skills were relevant to NZ.
Her early experience in Peru was importing chemicals and later with importation of paper rolls for further processing from suppliers based in USA, Europe and South America. This made her familiar with logistics, documentation, and regulations .
Since her time at Advance she has gained a wealth of experience in meat and food products, supplying , vegetables, fish, dairy products as well as meat to Mexico and other markets. Mexico is a market that has provided her with some very challenging experiences with customs, label requirements, duty, health certificates as well as with challenging customer requirements and requests which have all helped her build a strong experience bank to draw on.
Her experiences have helped Advance understand the intricacies of the market, select creditworthy customers- always a challenge in these countries and specialist product requirements