Our E-commerce Advocacy - The Case for Simplification
The WTO E-Commerce work group is reviewing on line consumer protection, open government data, paperless trading, market access and electronic invoicing.
The discussions are covering six main themes: enabling e-commerce, openness and e-commerce, trust and e-commerce, cross-cutting issues, and market access.
If you have questions about the WTO work group as well as ongoing work at the WCO and APEC, ask the Industry Advisory Council .
LATIN AMERICA ADVOCACY
Brazil has 210 million consumers with a projected e-commerce growth of 54% by 2023. Mexico is expected to expand by 57%, and Argentina by 104%. Merchants outside of these countries generally need to work with a processing partner for payments.
The Mexico de minimus rule for tax is currently USD50 and USD117 for duties. In Mexico, importers of textiles, apparel and footwear must be registered with the Padron.
The Brazil Data Protection Authority will be activated in November 2021. Its authority includes administrative sanctions, international transfers and data subject privacy for e-commerce transactions.
AFRICA-MIDDLE EAST ADVOCACY
Africa has 400 million internet users. Many African consumers live outside of large urban areas where logistics networks are not available. There is also a lack of a formal address system, therefore a local partner is necessary for delivery of goods. Addresses may reference local landmarks.
Consumer laws in Kenya require that the buyer can examine the goods therefore Kenyans have not viewed e-commerce as a reliable procurement method.
The UAE e-commerce market is approximately USD$10M. In Dubai an e-seller must apply for a license. The Dubai E-commerce Strategy seeks to reduce the cost of e-commerce operations by 20% including duties and VAT. The centerpiece of the strategy is to make Dubai the center for e-commerce logistics.
NORTH AMERICA ADVOCACY
Import Security and Fairness Act (America Competes Act)
We understand that the primary goal of the bill is countering China’s unfair trade practices. To accomplish this, EMTC recommends focusing on creating a risk management framework that:
The Electronic Commerce Directive
The EU Commission has announced rules to end online discrimination on the basis of nationality or place of residence. Providers must abide by the rules in the country in which they are established.
It is also introducing rules to ensure that buyers are not re-routed to in country websites when searching for products.
If you distribute product via your website you must comply with European data protection policies.
ASIA PACIFIC ADVOCACY
EMTC proposes that the Biden Administration and Congress consider that an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) combine the best elements of trade liberalization and national security. EMTC envisions an economic and security agreement that prioritizes:
Industry Advisory Council
Operating models, sectoral specific issues, route to market issues including title transfers, international expansion benefits and risks; use of agents or distributors; reporting and liability requirements for platforms.
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Operations Advisory Council
Practical issues arising through the transportation, logistics and import/export process such as export formalities and documentation, special documentation, refused shipments; developing landed costs; INCOTERMS.
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Country Advisory Council
Regulatory, technical or legal issues relating to a particular country including market entrance requirements, export controls, sourcing; direct/indirect tax issues; regulatory and licensing requirements; consumer protection; trade agreement opportunities; origin marking; supranational organizations involved in standards setting (WCO, WTO, UN, OECD).
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Technology Advisory Council
Trade, policy, legal and compliance issues related to automation; AI and other new technology use, benefits & risks; automation to improve efficiency and ROI factors.
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