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What do I need to know about the LGPD Brazil general data protection law?

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - What is Brazil LGPD? Modeled closely after the EU’s GDPR, Brazil is the latest country to pass personal privacy legislation called the Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD) or the General Data Protection Law in 2018. The LGPD establishes guidelines on how companies can collect, store, handle, and share the personal data of Brazilians. Businesses and...

Automated HS code classification for international shipping in ecommerce

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Last updated on October 23rd, 2020 - 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...

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

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - Looking 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 System (HS)...

What you should know about Norway’s VOEC scheme

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - Learn 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 value or...

Highlights of the USMCA deal

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - 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...

Reinventing an industry with a new website

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Last updated on May 20th, 2020 - 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...

What’s happening with New Zealand’s GST law

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - 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...

5 things you should know about landed cost

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - 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...

Top 4 reasons why online retailers struggle to sell internationally

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Last updated on October 28th, 2020 - 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...

What is an HS Code?

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Last updated on October 23rd, 2020 - 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...

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