the decision to trade in opium does not seem to have required conscious thought

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Matheson’s progress to private trader was smoother: family business influence secured him merchants’ indentures from the EIC aged nineteen, when he was fresh out of Edinburgh University. Once he had arrived in Asia, the decision to trade in opium does not seem to have required conscious thought, opium imports to China having doubled between 1800 and 1820.

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The Opium War by Julia Lovell

Hi. Does the underlined part mean “he made the decision without thinking it deliberately”?
Thank you.
 
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