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What is an HS code?

Preparing to ship products across borders can seem daunting. But if you’re doing so, you’ve probably come across the term ‘HS codes’. If you haven’t, we’re glad you’ve found yourself here—HS codes are fundamental to shipping internationally, as is getting them right on your international shipping documents. If you get your HS codes wrong, you…

What is DDP? A Complete Explanation of DDP Shipping

There are billions of consumers around the globe, presenting a huge opportunity to grow your business through selling internationally. However, consumers considering cross-border purchases cited high shipping costs (51%) and long delivery times (47%) as their top two concerns. Interestingly, these are also two of the top three reasons cited by consumers for cart abandonment.…

International Shipping 101: DDP, Returns, Undeliverables & Insurance

Shipping internationally is no easy task and comes with a lot of complexity. At FlavorCloud, we make it simple by taking care of everything for you—wherever you’re shipping. Leveraging FlavorCloud’s Global cross-border carrier network gives you high-quality shipping at the best rates across our algo-optimized routes. Wherever you’re shipping, there are important pieces of information…

Understanding Landed Costs: Duties, Taxes, and Fees

As an ecommerce merchant, determining shipping costs is an essential and ever-present part of doing business. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like it would be a complicated calculation—just put some information into an online tax and shipping calculator, hit enter, and go about your day, right? Not quite, but it’s a start. The duties,…

What is DDU? Risks, Responsibilities, and Usage

Selling globally is a huge opportunity for merchants, allowing you to reach billions of consumers and grow your business. But intricate regulatory practices and procedures make international shipping a challenge, so it’s important to understand the basics. If you’ve been researching how to handle your logistics internationally, you might have come across the term DDU in…

Black Friday: 3 Key Trends For International Ecommerce | FlavorCloud

Have you noticed 2021 holiday goods and gifts promoted early this year? Even before Halloween merchandise hit the shelves, some retailers were already messaging holiday. A previous Digital Commerce 360’s retailer survey found 59% of merchants had intended to start 2021 holiday marketing in October or before. And Black Friday is following suit. Is it…

Buy Early, Ship Quickly: The Covid Effect on the 2021 Holiday Season | FlavorCloud

The pandemic has seen record numbers of consumers online shopping, and the holiday season 2021 looks set to break records.  As much as Covid has increased online shopping habits, its effects are also still rippling through the supply chain. Manufacturers, merchants, and delivery operations are still struggling to catch up with buyer demand. There’s no…

Grow Your Business by Selling Internationally with FlavorCloud for Shopify Merchants | FlavorCloud

International sales represent a huge opportunity for ecommerce merchants, with global ecommerce sales hitting $4.28 trillion in 2020. By 2024, they’re projected to grow by 47% to $6.3 trillion. But the complexities of cross-border selling are a significant barrier for many online merchants. Customs rules, duties, taxes, currencies, pricing, shipping logistics­—it can seem overwhelming. With…

What is Cross-Border? A Guide to Cross-Border Shipping and Commerce | FlavorCloud

In ecommerce, “cross-border” is when the customer and merchant are located in two different countries. Although the definition for cross-border is simple, the logistics involved with selling internationally can be overwhelming when you dip your toes into international waters. Before your store is ready to sell worldwide, there’s a lot to consider, from the various…

8 Ways to Sell More Over the Holiday Season | FlavorCloud

Optimize your international sales easily with FlavorCloud The effects of the pandemic are still being felt around the world, with retail particularly impacted but the good news is that ecommerce has continued to grow with cross-border sales doubling. This has led to more ecommerce brands turning to global customers and cross-border selling to drive growth.…

2021 International Holiday Shipping Deadlines: All You Need to Know | FlavorCloud

Consumers are counting down the weeks to the holiday season. That means they’re getting ready to shop for holiday décor, gifts and outfits. The bottom line? Merchants need to plan ahead and prepare customers to buy early. Will COVID-19 Impact the 2021 Holiday Season? eMarketer forecasts ecommerce sales to grow by 16.8% in 2021, representing…

New EU VAT Changes For Ecommerce Merchants | FlavorCloud

International shipping can be a headache for e-commerce retailers – and that’s before rules start changing. In addition to new regulations in the UK that went into effect Jan. 1, new VAT e-commerce rules in the European Union add another compliance layer for companies carrying out cross-border sales. Here’s what you need to know: The…

Cross Border Ecommerce Changes To UK and VAT With Brexit | FlavorCloud

It has been over 4 years since the vote for the UK to leave the EU and the time has finally arrived where changes will occur and new rules for cross-border sales into the UK.  These changes are not only for EU based merchants , but all merchants , including US based , who sell to…

Get Ready For The 2020 Holiday Season | FlavorCloud

International shipping during the holiday season can be an incredible way to increase your sales but can also be stressful if you are not prepared.  To help you get ready for the upcoming season, you will find below a few tips to increase your global sales and improve customer experience. In addition, we are sharing…

Origin Story of FlavorCloud | FlavorCloud

Our CEO and Founder, Rathna Sharad had the opportunity to discuss FlavorCloud with Ramon Vela, the founder one of our favorite podcasts , The Story of a Brand . The Story of a Brand Podcast is a show focused on e-commerce brands and the entrepreneurs, products, and customers that make up the brand and a perfect…

Tax & Duty Calculator vs. Guaranteed Landed Cost | FlavorCloud

Here at FlavorCloud we receive a lot of requests from merchants when looking for an international shipping solution, for a tax and duty calculator. They may have read about other services offering such a calculator and believe that is the answer for their cross-border needs.  While a tax and duty calculator can be helpful, for…

Goodbye NAFTA – Hello USMCA | FlavorCloud

The topic of COVID-19 and how it has affected worldwide shipping has overshadowed a major change coming to cross-border shipping in North America, The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) officially replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on July 1, 2020. The USMCA includes a number of changes to NAFTA, across a variety of issues,…

DDP Shipping – How COVID-19 Is Changing How You Should Ship | FlavorCloud

As the world navigates the coronavirus outbreak, many stores are turning to contactless delivery, to help protect customers and delivery personnel by reducing transmission opportunities of the virus. Customer places an order, completes payment for all services online so there is no need to pay upon delivery and item is left at the door. This…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | FlavorCloud

We have a number of important updates for our FlavorCloud family regarding shipping and delivery times due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to let you know that we hope you, your family and friends are all safe and healthy in these trying times and the team at FlavorCloud is here to help and answer any…

FlavorCloud Success Story – Firefly Chocolate | FlavorCloud

We at FlavorCloud have some great insights into the world of international shipping, logistics and e-commerce that we like to share with you, but sometimes we like to share another point of view , our amazing customers. Hearing their journey, how they started their business , how they grew their business and of course ,…