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Singapore’s upcoming 2023 GST scheme explained

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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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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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Last updated: 11 September 2022
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2022 Harmonized System (HS) updates: Everything you need to know

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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Five things to know about HS codes for international ecommmerce

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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What is Canada CARM and will it affect you?

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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Choose landed cost over duty and tax

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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EU VAT – What’s changing and why it’s important

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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

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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

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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Post-Brexit shipping cheat sheet: Shipping into the EU

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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Post-Brexit cheat sheet: Shipping between the EU and the UK

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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What do I need to know about the LGPD Brazil general data protection law?

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What’s happening with New Zealand’s GST law

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Last updated: 6 September 2022
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