Marketpress Importing Products and Using with No Payment Processing

I have a client who is the local supplier for an international brand.
He's been instructed to build a local site for the international brand so that he can run his local business through it.

He wants to display products but not have payment processing - instead he wants clients to call him when they are ready to order. Are there any suggestions as to the best way to manage this using Marketpress? i.e . Buy Now generates an email with the product details and option for client to provide a message with their order?

Bulk Import
The international site has over 1000 products and we are in process of determining how many to show on the 'local' site. Are there any advances on how to import into Marketpress since this post in October 2010?

thanks for any advice.