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Highlights of the USMCA deal

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Did you hear about the new USMCA? President Trump recently signed legislation to implement a revamped version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that was originally drafted in 2018.  Once in effect*, the USMCA will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Key highlights of the deal Below are a few key highlights of this new deal.Stronger protection and...

What’s new with Zonos Docs

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Learn what's new with Zonos Docs Hope you are enjoying 2020 so far! We’re thrilled to share updates to our Zonos Documentation. The reorganized and revamped Zonos Docs is a one-stop shop for cross border with technical information on our products, integrations, and customer resources. Read about Zonos product features and how they work.View our development resources, e.g. plugin...

Reinventing an industry with a new website

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Today, we are excited to share the launch of our new Zonos dot com website! There were three main challenges we faced with this project: How do we explain landed cost when many don’t fully understand its complexities? By what means can we show we’re different? Any other company claiming they calculate landed cost isn’t doing it right. Can we describe an offering that’s not...

What’s happening with New Zealand’s GST law

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New Zealand’s GST law As of December 1st, 2019, New Zealand enacted a recent law on GST remittance that may or may not affect businesses from countries that sell to New Zealand. This recent law is quite similar to the low-value goods Australian law that went into effect in 2018. Let’s get you up to speed on the important details of what’s going on with New Zealand. Here’s...

5 things you should know about landed cost

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If you have previous experience with international orders or done any research on selling abroad, you’ve no doubt come across the words – “duty and tax”. But how many times have you seen the term: “landed cost”? Let’s help you decode cross border as we explain the essential facts about landed cost that no one’s been telling you. 1. Landed cost is...

Top 4 reasons why online retailers struggle to sell internationally

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Are you an online retailer pulling your hair out over international orders? You’re not alone! The top 4 reasons why online retailers struggle to sell internationally include: Calculating duty and taxes Managing country rules and regulations Offering shipping options Localizing your store’s website With 95% of the world’s consumers living outside the US, you can’t let these...

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...

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