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Automated HS code classification for international shipping in ecommerce

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What is an HS code? A few decades ago, a group of countries acknowledged that a system must be put in place to better understand the types of products getting exported from and imported into their respective countries. They also needed a more streamlined way to know the amount to collect in duties and taxes as a shipment moves across borders. This is when the HS code was born. Introduced in 1988...

See what’s coming in the 7th edition Harmonized System (HS)

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Last updated on April 3rd, 2020 at 04:18 pmLooking ahead at HS 2022 HS 2022 will be the seventh edition of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature and has been accepted by all Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention.  The new edition will go into effect on January 1st, 2022. Generally the HS is amended every five years or so. What is the Harmonized System (HS)? The Harmonized...

What you should know about Norway’s VOEC scheme

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Last updated on April 29th, 2020 at 07:25 amLearn about the upcoming Norway VOEC (VAT on Ecommerce) As of April 1st, 2020, Norway implemented a simplified VAT scheme called VOEC (VAT on Ecommerce). This new scheme replaces the current VAT exemption of 350 NOK on low-value imported goods to consumers. The tax de minimis changes for all goods to zero. VAT is applied to all items, regardless of...

Highlights of the USMCA deal

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Last updated on March 24th, 2020 at 08:35 amDid 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...

What’s new with Zonos Docs

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Last updated on May 20th, 2020 at 02:06 pmLearn 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...

Reinventing an industry with a new website

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Last updated on May 20th, 2020 at 02:07 pm 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...

What’s happening with New Zealand’s GST law

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Last updated on May 20th, 2020 at 02:14 pmNew 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...

5 things you should know about landed cost

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Last updated on May 20th, 2020 at 02:03 pmIf 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...

Top 4 reasons why online retailers struggle to sell internationally

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Last updated on March 24th, 2020 at 08:43 amAre 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...

What is an HS Code?

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Last updated on May 22nd, 2020 at 04:46 pmDecoding 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...

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