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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 what...

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...

UPS, FedEx, and DHL Canada brokerage fees

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UPS, DHL, and FedEx brokerage fees decodedde·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 the...

What is de minimis value?

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You are looking to expand your eCommerce business internationally when you come across the term – de minimis. What does this mean, and why should you care? When we’re talking about international eCommerce, de minimis refers to a country-specific threshold that tells you when duties and taxes are applied. Country-specific de minimis threshold examples: Definition De minimis...

What GDPR means for ecommerce

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Why should you care about GDPR? Everywhere you look in eCommerce, you will see someone discussing EU GDPR or the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. There is a variety of information, from technical articles to speculation on social media. We all want to know how it will affect us. What changes, if any, will I need to make? What does it really mean? In this article, we will take a...

The 3 C’s of cross-border success

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Cross-border eCommerce presents massive opportunity Cross-border eCommerce continues to grow at a rapid pace and presents a massive opportunity for merchants looking to grow their sales. In 2016, worldwide eCommerce sales totaled $1.86 trillion, and that figure is expected to boom to $4.48 trillion by 2021*. Billions of global consumers are turning to the convenience of eCommerce, and that trend...

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