4 Stay compliant
Assess the import and export flows from your suppliers to you, and from you to your new export market
Shipping cross-border e-commerce goods is the same process as international shipments and export shipments.
When an order is made on your website, your fulfilment service provider will either pick up the product from your business or will have it already stored in its warehouse.
From there, the fulfilment service provider will then pack, complete shipping paperwork, and will work with the shipping provider to deliver it to your customer.
Understanding the correct shipping terms for international clients is key to understanding additional costs and shipping items due to the cross-border nature of the transaction International Commercial Terms (Incoterms).
Incoterms are the same for traditional exporting as they are for cross-border e-commerce.
You will need to know who is responsible for all the costs and risks associated with a sales contract between you and your potential market abroad. Knowing the delivery terms in your worldwide sales contracts will reduce any uncertainties and misunderstandings for both you and the buyers of your products.
Analyse entity structures against tax liability
Check whether you need to create an entity in a region and conduct imports yourself, or whether you need to use a third party to buy your products and import your products, without creating an entity.
Map tariff and tax implications of key import product categories
See how these relate to your chosen export country.
Plan against cost-prohibitive import and tariff barriers
Do this by using available trade tools. These could include free trade agreements, or bonded facilities.
By spending time planning your fulfilment and logistics strategy, you can make sure your products get into your customers’ hands efficiently and cost-effectively, no matter where they are.