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The CBP’s classification and duty change for women’s footwear

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
If you’re located in the United States (US) or sell goods into the US and sell or purchase foreign women’s shoes, boy do we have news for you. Depending on the cost and style of the shoes you are importing into the US, the price may have just […]

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France VAT Reverse Charge

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 15 September 2022
France VAT reverse charge As of January 2022, France has changed the eligibility requirements for reverse charge VAT, making it mandatory for businesses to file a reverse charge if they plan to reclaim or deduct VAT. The goal of the reverse charge on French B2B imports is to […]

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International shipping policies: Everything you need to know

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
It is important to understand international shipping policies if you have a business that sells and ships goods to foreign countries. Taking that one step further, it’s important to be transparent with your international shoppers so that they know what to expect when purchasing goods from you. Transparency […]

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Singapore’s upcoming 2023 GST scheme explained

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Learn about the upcoming Singapore de minimis and GST collection changes. Singapore, like many other countries across the globe such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and countries in the European Union, is changing the way they handle the collection of goods and services tax (GST) on low-value imports. […]

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6 things you need to know about Canada CARM

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) has been quite the hot topic in global trade as of late, but there is still a lot of confusion around it. With Canada being the 8th largest ecommerce market in the world, it is important to have […]

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Section 321: U.S. de minimis explained

Susan DuqueSusan Duque

Last updated: 6 September 2022
What is Section 321 for low-value U.S. imports? Section 321 is actually a shorter name for “Section 321(a)(2)(C) of the Tariff Act of 1930,” and is the statute that covers the regulations for importing low-value shipments (LVS) below the United States’ de minimis of $800 USD into the […]

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2022 Harmonized System (HS) updates: Everything you need to know

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
2022 Harmonized System (HS) updates: What you need to know to stay compliant What is the Harmonized System? The Harmonized System (HS) is a system that was developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1988 to classify goods in shipments entering WCO member countries. Products are classified […]

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Five things to know about HS codes for international ecommmerce

Susan DuqueSusan Duque

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Five things to know about HS codes for international ecommmerce Are you interested in selling your products into a foreign country? You should be. Ecommerce retailers worldwide are driving sales growth by selling their products globally. Why limit your customer base to a single country when the world […]

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What is Canada CARM and will it affect you?

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is implementing a multi-phase initiative called the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project. Learn how and when CARM affects importers! What is CARM? CARM is a Canadian initiative that is focused on streamlining the import process for companies importing into Canada. CARM […]

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Choose landed cost over duty and tax

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Choose landed cost over duty and tax Learn why duty and tax calculations alone are not enough for cross-border shipments, and why a full landed cost is the only reasonable solution. When it comes to landed cost, most people think that duties and taxes are the only fees […]

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EU VAT – What’s changing and why it’s important

James MarleyJames Marley

Last updated: 6 September 2022
EU VAT – What’s changing and why it’s important James Marley is our UK-based cross-border expert whose specialty is taking complex, mundane topics like EU VAT and decoding them into simplified, humorous guides. On July 1, 2021, the European Union (EU) will reform its Value-Added Tax (VAT) rules. […]

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Guide to expanding your ecommerce business internationally

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Navigating cross-border ecommerce: Global compliance and customer experience Ecommerce sales volume is rapidly growing more and more each year. It’s no longer just a means for people to shop for products they can’t find in their area; rather, it is many people’s preferred method of shopping. Hence, it […]

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Benefits of shipping DDP

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Why it’s better to ship DDP International shipping with duties and taxes prepaid Cross-border ecommerce is a highly competitive industry. There are many factors to consider when molding your online business into a well-respected and trusted store, and customer experience is one of the most critical. Some things […]

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HS tariff code classification meets machine learning

David RichardsDavid Richards

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Machine learning meets HS tariff code classification At Zonos, our team of industry and software experts is always working on ways to simplify cross-border trade. One aspect of this is ensuring that any business moving products across borders has those items properly classified. All countries use the same […]

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Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet: Shipping into the EU

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
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 […]

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

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
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 […]

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Post-Brexit cheat sheet: Shipping into the UK

James MarleyJames Marley

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Shipping into the UK after Brexit Welcome to part 2 of the Post-Brexit shipping blog series! Online retailers outside of the UK or EU shipping to the UK, this post is for you! You may have read our previous blog post outlining the need-to-knows for the following types […]

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Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
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 […]

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Brexit: A challenge that is creating opportunities

Britney WellsBritney Wells

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Brexit: A challenge that is creating opportunities The Brexit challenge If you’re an ecommerce merchant shipping to the EU or UK, Brexit has probably seemed like a dark cloud over your business. Following Brexit, people in the UK that order products online now find themselves paying duty, VAT, […]

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UK VAT changes after Brexit, what does it mean for my business?

Jenny MeadsJenny Meads

Last updated: 6 September 2022
UK updates VAT guidelines – post Brexit With the end of the Brexit transition period upon us, many merchants are scrambling to make sure they are prepared to continue selling goods into the UK without any issues. On January 1, 2021, the UK will be implementing a new […]

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Non-resident ecommerce country taxation; a new trend in international trade

Michelle TaylorMichelle Taylor

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Trend alert: Non-resident ecommerce country taxation In 2018, Australia came out with a law that requires non-resident businesses to collect and remit tax on their low-value sales into the country. Businesses must register with Australia in order to file and remit the collected tax each quarter. Australia decided […]

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What’s new with Indonesia’s taxation law

Chanel BarnesChanel Barnes

Last updated: 6 September 2022
What’s new with Indonesia’s taxation law As an international retailer selling to Indonesia, if you sell over 600 million rupiah (IDR) annually or if your website traffic exceeds 12,000 per year, you may be appointed by the Indonesia Director-General of Tax as a VAT collector. As of August […]

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See what’s coming in the 7th edition Harmonized System (HS)

Christina TroccoChristina Trocco

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Looking ahead at HS 2022 HS 2022 will be the seventh edition of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature and has been accepted by all Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention. The new edition will go into effect on January 1st, 2022. Generally the HS is amended every […]

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What you should know about Norway’s VOEC scheme

Ryan SwappRyan Swapp

Last updated: 6 September 2022
Learn about the upcoming Norway VOEC (VAT on Ecommerce) As of April 1st, 2020, Norway implemented a simplified VAT scheme called VOEC (VAT on Ecommerce). This new scheme replaces the current VAT exemption of 350 NOK on low-value imported goods to consumers. The tax de minimis changes for […]

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What’s happening with New Zealand’s GST law

Christina TroccoChristina Trocco

Last updated: 6 September 2022
New Zealand’s GST law As of December 1st, 2019, New Zealand enacted a recent law on GST remittance that may or may not affect businesses from countries that sell to New Zealand. This recent law is quite similar to the low-value goods Australian law that went into effect […]

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5 things you should know about landed cost

Christina TroccoChristina Trocco

Last updated: 6 September 2022
If you have previous experience with international orders or have done any research on selling abroad, you’ve no doubt come across the words – “duty and tax”. But how many times have you seen the term: “landed cost”? Let’s help you decode cross-border as we explain the essential […]

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Top 4 reasons why online retailers struggle to sell internationally

Christina TroccoChristina Trocco

Last updated: 6 September 2022
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 […]

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What is an HS Code?

Aaron BezzantAaron Bezzant

Last updated: 6 September 2022
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. […]

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

Clint ReidClint Reid

Last updated: 6 September 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) is a series of 11 internationally recognized, universal terms that define and clarify the obligations between buyers and sellers. […]

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What is de minimis value?

Aaron BezzantAaron Bezzant

Last updated: 6 September 2022
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 […]

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FedEx international ancillary fees

Clint ReidClint Reid

Last updated: 6 September 2022
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, […]

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Free trade exists in ecommerce, just not for the United States

Clint ReidClint Reid

Last updated: 6 September 2022
I truly believe the vision of free trade is good for business, good for economies, good for the world, and good for America. Too bad that, at the moment, it’s not fair or free and has never been. Today, agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA or TPP still leave […]

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