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Automated HS code classification for international shipping in ecommerce

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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

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Last updated on October 28th, 2020 - 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?

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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...

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...

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

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Last updated on October 9th, 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...

What is de minimis value?

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Last updated on October 9th, 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:...

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...

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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