This mission doesn't advance any plot or main storyline.
It's similar to the 'Relief Effort' missions you get on exploration. I.e. Have to run around the galaxy buying commodites.
Only in this one, you spend about 70,000 credits...that's right HALF A STARSHIP worth of credits. Plus you find after doing this the first time...you have to do it again for a second set of commodities. So you run back and forth across the quadrants twice.
For a fantastic 77 xp reward.
About the only good thing about it, is that it isn't bugged and you can actually finish it.