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Managing international shipping costs in 2022: 5 best practices

Last updated on January 17th, 2022 - Shipping costs can be one of the biggest expenses that retailers will encounter when trying to build a successful ecommerce brand. When you’re shipping orders internationally, this is amplified even further. On top of worrying about taxes and duties, merchants end up spending considerable time and energy trying to access the cheapest shipping rates. In...

2022 Harmonized System (HS) updates: Everything you Need to Know

Last updated on December 20th, 2021 - 2022 Harmonized System (HS) updates: What you need to know to stay compliant What is the Harmonized System? The Harmonized System is a system that was developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1988 to classify goods in shipments entering WCO member countries. Products are classified with Harmonized System (HS) codes. This means products are given a...

Five things to know about HS codes for international ecommmerce

Last updated on December 15th, 2021 - Five things to know about HS codes for international ecommmerce Are you interested in selling your products into a foreign country? You should be. Ecommerce retailers worldwide are driving sales growth by selling their products globally. Why limit your customer base to a single country when the world is open for business? Experts project international...

What is Canada CARM and will it affect you?

What is Canada CARM and will it affect you? Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is implementing a multi-phase initiative called the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project. Learn how and when CARM affects importers! What is CARM? CARM is a Canadian initiative that is focused on streamlining the import process for companies importing into Canada. CARM is split into two phases, with...

Choose landed cost over duty and tax

Choose landed cost over duty and tax Learn why duty and tax calculations alone are not enough for cross-border shipments, and why a full landed cost is the only reasonable solution. When it comes to landed cost, most people think that duties and taxes are the only fees that an international order incurs. Duties and taxes only account for a fraction of the total landed cost; fees such as brokerage...

EU VAT – What’s changing and why it’s important

  EU VAT – What’s changing and why it’s important James Marley is our UK-based cross-border expert whose specialty is taking complex, mundane topics like EU VAT and decoding them into simplified, humorous guides. On July 1, 2021, the European Union (EU) will reform its Value-Added Tax (VAT) rules. If you have an ecommerce business that ships orders to the EU then these new rules may...

Guide to expanding your ecommerce business internationally

Last updated on December 15th, 2021 - Navigating cross-border ecommerce: Global compliance and customer experience Ecommerce sales volume is rapidly growing more and more each year. It’s no longer just a means for people to shop for products they can’t find in their area; rather, it is many people’s preferred method of shopping. Hence, it is no surprise that ecommerce is a competitive industry...

Benefits of shipping DDP

Last updated on May 13th, 2021 - Why it’s better to ship DDP International shipping with duties and taxes prepaid Cross-border ecommerce is a highly competitive industry. There are many factors to consider when molding your online business into a well-respected and trusted store, and customer experience is one of the most critical. Some things customers often expect when they visit your...

HS tariff code classification meets machine learning

Machine learning meets HS tariff code classification At Zonos, our team of industry and software experts is always working on ways to simplify cross-border trade. One aspect of this is ensuring that any business moving products across borders has those items properly classified. All countries use the same system to describe the products you sell called the Harmonized Code system. Having your...

Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet: Shipping into the EU

Last updated on April 7th, 2021 - Shipping into the EU after Brexit Welcome to the fourth [and final] part of our Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet blog series! In this blog post, we will be tackling all you need to know about shipping to the European Union from outside of the EU including the United Kingdom, now that the UK has departed from the EU. Check out parts 1, 2, and 3 of the series: Part...

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