How to prepare an e-store for international expansion from the legal standpoint?
The article was developed in a cooperation with Kancelaria Prawna ANSWER.
The Internet knows no borders, therefore merchants should naturally consider the extension of their businesses beyond the territory of their registered seat. However, to successfully sell abroad, it is necessary to be aware of the legal issues that ensure the business is run in a lawful manner. Non-compliance with the law may lead to unpleasant consequences, which are best avoided when selling at a new location.
Regardless of the country where merchants intend to sell goods, they should take care to properly create and provide to the clients the rules regulating the sales – in particular, the terms and conditions of the e-store.
The least pleasant consequence of an online transaction is usually the tax settlement. In the case of cross-border e-commerce, the tax settlement may take place according to different rules, depending on whether it is a distance sale, intra-Community supply of goods or export.
It is relatively easy to ensure appropriate legal standards at an e-store, if the first steps of the international expansion will be taken within the European Union or even the European Economic Area (the EU + Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). There are practically no borders for sellers in the EU and EEA, and bans tied to geo-blocking additionally facilitate the buyers access to goods and services and online purchase at a store with a business entity in an EU country other than the country of the buyer’s residence.
However, other countries, located in close proximity to the EU, such as Ukraine, Turkey or Israel become increasingly attractive directions for the development of cross-border e-commerce. Therefore, it is worth looking into the legal aspects of commencing online sales in the territory of these countries.
Having in mind merchants planning international expansion and cross-border e-commerce, we have developed a practical guide which will help to organize the necessary knowledge regarding rules, issues of privacy protection and tax settlements in foreign markets. We are also presenting what is required, from the legal perspective, to start cross-border sales in the territory of Ukraine, Israel and Turkey.
The guide was developed in a cooperation with Kancelaria Prawna ANSWER. Thank you!
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How to settle tax liabilities depending on whether you engage in distance sale, intra-Community supply of goods or export.