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Avoiding import tariffs on international returns

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Last updated on March 24th, 2020 - 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...

How to globalize your Shopify Plus website

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Last updated on May 4th, 2020 - 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...

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

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Last updated on May 26th, 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 these...

Zonos, decoding cross border

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Last updated on March 24th, 2020 - 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...

DDU vs DDP International Shipping Terms (Delivery Duty Unpaid vs Delivery Duty Paid)

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Last updated on May 26th, 2020 - 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. Incoterms (International Commercial Terms) are a series of 11 internationally recognized, universal terms that define and clarify the obligations between buyers and sellers. These set of keywords...

What is de minimis value?

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Last updated on May 26th, 2020 - 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 March 23rd, 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 March 23rd, 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 March 23rd, 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...

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