Cross-border e-commerce is opening up opportunities for for companies of all sizes. International e-commerce offers companies an opportunity to achieve growth by seizing opportunities abroad. Canadian companies are seeking opportunities beyond the USA duty via direct import to global buyers.

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With the likely passage of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 - enjoying bipartisan support, we thought it useful to share some insights.After all, the USPS remains the key cog in the wheel of last mile delivery for USA e-commerce orders.

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The Chinese economy is booming with online purchases leading the way. Chinese consumers are eager to purchase from high-quality Canadian and American online sellers.

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The Asia pacific region is filled with world renowned manufacturers and suppliers that Canadian businesses rely on. The logistics of finding capacity for shipping to Canada continues to be a challenge.

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Quebec and Canadian merchants can easily sell to France by developing direct shipping processes that include prepaid VAT, low unit costs and no consignee import fees.   

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Getting insurance for international shipments bring peace of mind for both shippers and importers but filing, proving and getting paid for claims can be difficult. It can be particularly challenging when insuring direct with the carriers - which is ironic because this integrated approach has intrinsic advantages. However, we find shippers most often disappointed by the carrier's insurance.

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The chairman of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee unveiled legislation recently to strengthen place new conditions on section 321. As we have recently commented on, updates to e-commerce imports to the USA are becoming more and more likely. Read More

Being a new year, we thought it a good time to review the shifting paradigms we are expecting in 2022.All are ongoing trends and worthy of mention. Growth in the global economy will continue and inventory levels at the start of this year are still relatively low.Pandemic predicting is a bit of a crap shoot but the effects of omicron variant will be felt at least until Q2.

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Chargeable weight: Actual Weight versus Volume Weight explained

Perhaps one of the biggest questions we get from new shippers concerns the calculation of volume weight. Even experienced shippers are sometimes surprised to find they are charged for a higher weight than what the shipment actually weighed.

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The USA incredible $800 low value / duty free threshold is increasingly being viewed as a significant trade loophole that circumvent customs rules and duties. While supporters point out how the $800 de minimus rules have benefitted consumers, others simply see them as a way around tariffs, sanctions, and port fees.

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