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What is an HS Code?

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Decoding harmonized codes Sounds like you’re ready to take your business global but as you get started, you run into new terms that have you scratching your head. One of the first things someone will ask you is if you have HS or harmonized codes for your product. Unlike the complicated, technical definitions you may see when googling this term, we’ll be giving you a simpler breakdown of an HS...

Avoiding import tariffs on international returns

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In many cases, you can avoid paying duty on previously imported goods even when they’re not made in your country. This may come in handy for ecommerce returns or temporary exports; however, if the good’s value changes or gets improved or modified, you won’t be eligible for the duty exemption on an import.  United States international returns The United States allows duty...

How to globalize your Shopify Plus website

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Are you looking to increase your global potential? If so, you need to optimize your site for international shoppers and create a better cross-border shopping experience. Your Shopify site is built to efficiently manage the buying experience for domestic consumers, but many merchants overlook the experience from the eyes of a foreign shopper. Here are a few tips to help globalize your Shopify Plus...

Rebrand lessons learned a year later

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It has now been one year since we rebranded from iGlobal Stores to Zonos. For 20 minutes, we captivated a live audience of close to 1,500 people inclusive of various industries, competitors, partners, and our local community. Since the event, it has reached close to 5,000 viewers. This is how we did it, on our own, with a team of 25 people for less than $15,000. It probably started with one of...

UPS, FedEx, and DHL Canada brokerage fees

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UPS, DHL, and FedEx brokerage fees decodedde·code (dēˈkōd): to convert (a coded message) into intelligible language.Canadian brokerage or entry fees with UPS, FedEx, or DHL can be expensive and confusing.If you are not familiar with UPS, FedEx, and DHL clearance fees in Canada, your Canadian customers will literally pay the price.Air and ground shipments have different fees.This is possibly the...

Zonos, decoding cross border

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decode (dēˈkōd) – to take out of code and put into an intelligible form When you are first introduced to Zonos, the circle included in the logo appears to be random. But in fact, it is not. The symbol itself is a cipher and contains an encoded word. The cipher is a literal representation of our mission to decode cross-border. The Zonos mission is to reach everyone through decoding the...

DDU vs DDP (Delivery Duty Unpaid vs Delivery Duty Paid)

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DDU and DDP are both incoterms used loosely in the small package industry to describe the party responsible for paying the duties and taxes. What is DDU? DDU (Delivery Duty Unpaid): The buyer (receiver) is responsible for all the duties, taxes, and clearance fees. What is DDP? DDP (Delivery Duty Paid): The business (seller) is responsible for all the duties, taxes, and clearance fees...

What is de minimis value?

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You are looking to expand your eCommerce business internationally when you come across the term – de minimis. What does this mean, and why should you care? When we’re talking about international eCommerce, de minimis refers to a country-specific threshold that tells you when duties and taxes are applied. Country-specific de minimis threshold examples: Definition De minimis...

What GDPR means for ecommerce

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Why should you care about GDPR? Everywhere you look in eCommerce, you will see someone discussing EU GDPR or the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. There is a variety of information, from technical articles to speculation on social media. We all want to know how it will affect us. What changes, if any, will I need to make? What does it really mean? In this article, we will take a...

The 3 C’s of cross-border success

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Cross-border eCommerce presents massive opportunity Cross-border eCommerce continues to grow at a rapid pace and presents a massive opportunity for merchants looking to grow their sales. In 2016, worldwide eCommerce sales totaled $1.86 trillion, and that figure is expected to boom to $4.48 trillion by 2021*. Billions of global consumers are turning to the convenience of eCommerce, and that trend...

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