The geopolitical landscape over recent years (e.g. Brexit, the USA / China trade war, changes in VAT regulations and advanced electronic data capture) is creating cross-border trade uncertainty and complexity, after decades of perceived stability.
It is creating far-reaching changes to the legislative and regulatory environment and the associated compliant shipping procedures.
Compliance is never optional. It is like a tax; any shop wanting to compete in the fast-paced world of eCommerce sales is required to fulfil their obligations and demonstrate they are equipped to operate in accordance with the law and the regulations.
The extra-territorial approach of some countries, and the successful prosecutions that have ensued, means that a compliance failure somewhere in the supply chain can remain the eCommerce store’s responsibility.
This compliance requirement is only expected to increase as the global political arena becomes more uncertain and complex.