Category Archives: Selling Internationally

Help selling across borders, including issues like taxes, shipping and product regulations.

Is It Time to Break Into The DACH Ecommerce Market?

Jacques van der Wilt takes a look at the ecommerce market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including the main shopping channels.

Oktoberfest beer representing DACH countries

This post is by Jacques van der Wilt, the founder of global feed management and optimization company DataFeedWatch.

Collectively known as the DACH countries, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are closely connected both geographically and culturally, and are very successful economically.

DACH countries have a population of just under 100 million (around 80% of which live in Germany) and over 80% of consumers use the internet. The prospects for ecommerce in these three German-speaking countries starts to look pretty good.

There is also a significant year-on-year growth in dollars spent online across these countries. Germany, for example, has seen an increase in spend of just under $10 billion every year between 2015 and 2017. A similar increase is forecast for 2018, bringing the total to nearly $100 billion.

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EU Declaration of Conformity: What Amazon Sellers Need to Know

Amazon is asking sellers on its European sites for their products’ Declaration of Conformity. What is a DoC and how can sellers get one?

This post is by Ferry Vermeulen, Founder of INSTRKTIV, a company which helps businesses develop compliant product documentation and user manuals.

When selling certain products on Amazon in Europe, the platform requires you to submit a Declaration of Conformity. A Declaration of Conformity (or DoC) proves that the product complies with European product safety legislation.

Depending on the EU directives that apply to your product, there are different requirements on the content of the Declaration. Amazon is very strict and only approves products that include a compliant Declaration. They often decline products without giving a reason, so the seller has to work out what’s missing for themselves.

This article will explain what a Declaration of Conformity is, when you need one, and how you can draft and submit a compliant DoC.

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Ecommerce in Scandinavia: Affluent Consumers and a Growing Market

Jacques van der Wilt takes a look at the ecommerce market in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, including the main shopping channels.

This post is by Jacques van der Wilt, the founder of global feed management and optimization company DataFeedWatch.

Collectively, Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland – spent a massive €20.5 billion on ecommerce in 2017.

With a high standard of living and the percentage of internet users continuing to rise, we are highly likely to see Nordic ecommerce spending rise rapidly as well.

So, where do Scandinavians shop online and what are the current ecommerce trends?

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Why Do Only 3.9% of U.S. Small Businesses Trade Internationally?

American businesses are failing to embrace cross-border ecommerce, while sellers elsewhere are quick to sell internationally. Why is that?

A recent infographic by international payments company, WorldFirst, asked: “Are American businesses falling short when it comes to cross-border ecommerce?” And, it would seem that the answer was yes, as their infographic found that just 3.9% of small American businesses sell cross-border, compared to 8% of European small businesses.

With the total value of worldwide cross-border ecommerce expected to hit $424 billion dollars by 2021, it seems that small American businesses are missing a trick. Especially, when you consider that 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the U.S.

So why do so few U.S. small businesses trade internationally? We don’t have the answers – we want to know what you think!

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Amazon Europe: The Definitive Guide For U.S. Sellers

From importing products to managing VAT, David Barry looks at the key issues for U.S. sellers wanting to sell on Amazon Europe.

This post is by David Barry, co-founder of AMZ Europe.

Selling on Amazon’s European marketplaces is tough for U.S. sellers. There’s VAT to deal with, different currencies, different languages and the small matter of getting your stock into Europe. But if you successfully overcome these challenges, expanding to Amazon Europe can be the best option for U.S. sellers looking to grow their business internationally.

Why? Because it is Amazon’s biggest international market. In 2016, Germany and the UK accounted for more than half of Amazon’s international sales. This could increase over the coming years, with the latest UNCTAD ecommerce index suggesting that online sales in Europe are primed for significant growth. The UK and Germany are ranked in the top ten of the index, while the U.S. was placed 26th.

The EU also offers favorable market conditions to sellers, with more potential customers and fewer sellers than the U.S. This means that businesses who sell on Amazon Europe have a great opportunity to gain a large market share.

Let’s examine the key issues for sellers who want to expand to Europe.

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