Canadian ecommerce cross-border sales are projected to grow much more than  domestic ecommerce growth. But, while simply selling across borders can be managed by platform tools provided by Shopify and others, a key tool is having access to low cost international delivery.

Successful international ecommerce means diversifying to innovative delivery networks direct from Canada. 

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When selling to  multiple markets, you have to take into account regional variances like shipping, taxes, and duties, making profit margins difficult to determine.  Shopify provides the capability to set prices adjustments by country or region.

Via Shopify and other platforms, product prices can be adjusted by percentage or country, or you can set specific prices for your inventory, eliminating reliance on foreign exchange rates. You can also set the exchange rate manually for even greater control over your product pricing. You can even include or exclude taxes upfront based on a customer's region—helping you avoid giving your customers sticker shock.


Targeting ecommerce Regions to Sell To:

Regional nuances like shipping, taxes, and duties (which is now more important than ever for sellers to and from the UK, thanks to Brexit’s new regulations), you can better cater to each new market. 


Presenting Prices in  Local Currency and Delivery by Local Carriers

One of the easiest ways to build trust from international visitors is by including payment and local currency and delivery by local carriers.   Earning the trust of new international visitors is key. 

Multiple languages

Naturally, customers are most comfortable shopping in their own language and Canadian sellers - especially those in Quebec - often already have multiple lingual site.   Research shows that over 40% of of Europeans only purchase products and services in their local language.

With Shopify Plus, you can sell in up to 20 languages with a supported third-party language translation app, so it won't be long before you're speaking your customer's language. 


International Domains and  Localized Delivery for Canadian Sellers

If a customer perceives shipping as being slow, they’re more likely to abandon their cart.  One indication that shipping might be slow? When they see a domain name based overseas and shipping is via Canada Post or other North American carrier.

Utilizing international domains and shipping direct via local carriers,  you can  expand your business to  global audiences.  

Geolocation:  Customized Experienced for Global Markets

Personalization is a proven method for building trust and sales.  Foreign customers visiting your store will appreciate seeing local currency and delivery options.   With Geolocation services, you can make a great first impression by immediately welcoming customers and showing respect for their local language, carriers and presence. 

Sellers can install Shopify’s free Geolocation app in Shopify Payments. Designed to serve international customers so they can browse and buy faster, this feature offers shoppers language and country recommendations based on their geographic location or browser settings, which can be changed at any time.

Get started with optimizing your store for international customers

Localizing and personalizing your ecommerce site for international visitors is about building trust by removing barriers by making the transactions frictionless.    Jet helps sellers ship direct to the European Union, UK, China, Japan and all major international markets.

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Disclaimer:   The information in this blog is for general information only.   Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities.



Who Owns the Customer

In addition to the costs outlined above, sellers on Amazon cede their customer data to Amazon. Amazon considers buyer data a key asset in the development of competing products which often bare the “Amazon Basics” brand.

Branding and Customer Control

Merchants who sell via Amazon often have issues developing brand recognition and customer loyalty. Merchant goods are shipped in Amazon branded boxes, rival products are often highlighted or recommended on the site, and extra fees related to early reviews and account support are applied.

Furthermore, Amazon extracts price restrictions from merchants who list their goods outside of Amazon.


Global - the new Local

Much of the Shopify phenomena  is related to the idea of sourcing and buying local.   But independent online seller phenomena has as much to do with being authentic and unique.  Ironically, the global marketplace is eager to purchase authentically local brands.   Local Shopify merchants are searching for ways to reach their global customers but can be frustrated by customs, limited carrier options and costs.

Jet Worldwide is developing online shipping access from Canada and the USA to Japan, the UK, European Union Countries, Caribbean and South America via partnerships with regional carriers and international forwarding platforms.   About Jet Worldwide.


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Online selling is global— particularly members of Gen Z , millennials and small business procurement. Just as Instagram, Snapchat and social media influencers are global. A differentiator in many brands is their local sourcing, unique branding and international appeal.

Online Platforms Recognized as Sellers

The United Kingdom and European Union require online platforms to facilitate the collection of value added tax (VAT).    Read about VAT payment for online orders to the UK and VAT payment for online orders shipped to European Union Countries.


Contact Jet Worldwide’s team for updates on our developing international shipping programs to Japan, Caribbean, UK, European Union countries, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and other niche markets.

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Written by Timothy Byrnes