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Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet: Shipping into the EU

Last updated on April 7th, 2021 - Shipping into the EU after Brexit Welcome to the fourth [and final] part of our Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet blog series! In this blog post, we will be tackling all you need to know about shipping to the European Union from outside of the EU including the United Kingdom, now that the UK has departed from the EU. Check out parts 1, 2, and 3 of the series: Part...

Post-Brexit cheat sheet: Shipping between the EU and the UK

Last updated on April 7th, 2021 - Shipping between the EU and the UK after Brexit Welcome to part 3 of our Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet blog series! In this blog post, we will be tackling all you need to know about shipping between the European Union and the United Kingdom now that the UK has departed from the EU. Check out parts 1 and 2 of the series: Part 1: Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet...

Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet

Last updated on April 7th, 2021 - Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet Welcome to Zonos’ Brexit cheat sheet blog series! This post is a quick breakdown of how Brexit affects imports and exports between and to the United Kingdom and the European Union. Look out for more upcoming, in-depth blog posts in this series! Brexit confusion There is a lot of confusion amongst not only online retailers...

Automated HS code classification for international shipping in ecommerce

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...

Top 4 reasons why online retailers struggle to sell internationally

Last updated on December 15th, 2021 - 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?

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...

Avoiding import tariffs on international returns

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...

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

Last updated on October 12th, 2021 - 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 into Canada, your Canadian customers will literally pay the price by getting forced to pay...

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

Last updated on January 5th, 2022 - 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...

What is de minimis value?

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...

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