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Avoiding import tariffs on international returns

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Last updated on April 7th, 2021 - 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...

How to globalize your Shopify website

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Last updated on February 16th, 2021 - 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...

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

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Last updated on October 12th, 2020 - 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 by getting forced to pay...

What is de minimis value?

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Last updated on April 1st, 2021 - 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: What...

What GDPR means for my ecommerce business

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

The 3 C’s of cross-border ecommerce success

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

FedEx international ancillary fees

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

UPS, FedEx and DHL international shipping weight calculator

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - There are many pains that ecommerce businesses may experience with international shipping including the following: Dimensional weight miscalculations This will put your business in the awkward position of needing to contact every customer that places an order to collect extra money for shipping. Losing money on international shipping Getting billed more than...

What is APO and FPO shipping?

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Last updated on October 9th, 2020 - Most ecommerce businesses get orders or inquiries from customers with an APO or FPO shipping address. Now, like most eCommerce businesses, you likely want to fulfill every order possible. But what is an APO or FPO address, and how do I ship my goods there? What is an APO or FPO address? APO and FPO are abbreviations used by the US Military Postal Service to...

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