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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...

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...

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: De minimis definition De minimis...

What GDPR means for my ecommerce business

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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 ecommerce 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...

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...

UPS, FedEx and DHL international shipping weight calculator

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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 expected by shipping carriers...

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