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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...

International shipping to Canada, brokerage fees with UPS, FedEx, and DHL

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UPS, DHL, and FedEx brokerage fees decoded de·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...

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 International Shipping Terms (Delivery Duty Unpaid vs Delivery Duty Paid)

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DDU and DDP are both incoterms used loosely with international shipping 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...

FedEx international ancillary fees

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When shipping internationally, FedEx as well as other carriers offer standard customs clearance on express air shipments, and do not charge brokerage fees; however, they will still charge different fees by country for other services associated with customs clearance. Examples of FedEx ancillary fees include additional line items, storage, freight clearance, returned goods, other government...

Free trade exists in ecommerce, just not for the United States

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I truly believe the vision of free trade is good for business, good for economies, good for the world, and good for America. Too bad that, at the moment, it’s not fair or free and has never been. Today, agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA or TPP still leave specific countries, states, or provinces on the wrong end of a deal, and it is usually the United States holding the bag. In the next five years...

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