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What Is Cross-Border Trade 

Generally, when you send goods abroad, they need to go through customs and import duties may have to be paid depending on existing trade agreements and tax and VAT thresholds. 

Selling goods abroad has gained momentum over the last two years due to ecommerce websites making international purchasing more accessible. According to figures, 67% of global consumers who shop abroad buy because prices are lower outside of their own country or to get their hands on brands or goods not available in their own markets. 

However, selling your wares internationally  comes with challenges. Is there a demand for your product? How will you handle returns? And are you able to deliver to these countries? 

Before you begin shipping overseas, it’s important you check to make sure you can actually import your product into your destination countries. Every country has its own set of rules and regulations surrounding taxes, customs and duties therefore some goods may be considered restricted while others may be strictly prohibited. 

It’s worth considering the below: 

  • Is your product restricted or prohibited in your destination market?

  • What import duties and declarations are there?

  • It’s important to know this information so that you can support purchasers from these countries with these details.

  • Make sure your product doesn’t have a dangerous component. In shipping, “dangerous goods” are defined as something that can cause harm to those handling them in transit, if not handled with care. In ecommerce, these goods are likely to be liquids and batteries which can be flammable.

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