Screenshot 1 - Preparing supply chains for the surge in global e-commerce: The cross-border requirements behind a smooth operation
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International e-commerce is moving centre-stage. With consumers hungry for online deals, you need to be able to source and transport products on a global basis or face up to the fact that you are losing potential sales.
This is especially so in the era of COVID-19, where every facet of the e-commerce environment has been supercharged by soaring demand. The pandemic has accelerated changes in the e-commerce environment and shifted online behaviours rapidly – behaviours that are going to stick around long after stay-at-home orders and social distancing have passed.
This isn't to say you should just jump headfirst into the world of international e-commerce and
assume that the benefits will accrue without any planning or research.
International trade has been liberalised throughout the last 60 years on a global level but it remains a complex environment to navigate. Each sovereign country has the power to level a maze of legislation regarding international trade, that can play havoc with your plans to expand your global footprint.
You'll need to be prepared for tariffs, trade regulations, documentation, and protocols to be truly effective in this field. What's more is the need to keep up with these constantly shifting stances between different blocs and countries. A change to the product codes, tariff levels or the minimum level of goods that can be transited without duties, can change business dynamics fundamentally, especially when many of us are operating on slim margins in an environment of higher costs driven by the need to meet e-commerce demand.
With all of this in mind, we have put together this comprehensive, expert-led guide to e-commerce, including expert legal minds, top trade professionals and e-commerce leaders that we hope will guide you through to a successful cross-border e-commerce operation.

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