How did the Indian merchants control the goods production for exports?

  • A variety of Indian merchants and bankers were involved in the network of export trade, financing production, carrying goods and supplying to the exporters.
  • Supply merchants linked the port towns to the inland regions.
  • They gave advance money to weavers, procured woven cloth from the villagers and carried the supply to the ports.
  • At the port, the big shippers and export merchants had brokers who negotiated the price and bought goods from the supply merchants operating inland.