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Regulation

Once you start buying goods to sell, you’re running a business and have legal responsibilities and obligations; it's a jungle of regulation that will only grow in complexity as the business develops... Read our Regulation Position Paper.
By Sasha Fedorenko April 23, 2019 - 2:29 pm

US sales tax onerous for small businesses says eBay

eBay say the US sales tax is too onerous for small businesses due to its short timeframes for businesses to begin the tax collection. In some cases, sellers have as little as 2 months to comply in the multiple US states. "In 2019, eBay has tracked

Proposed US jewellery import policy to require declaration of origin

The US State Department may enforce a US jewellery import policy which will require origin declaration of imported jewellery into the US. The possible regulation will ask a declaration of origin for every piece of finished jewellery or its components including precious metals, diamonds and all

Trump trumps sales of counterfeit goods on marketplaces

US President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum focused on cracking down sales on counterfeit goods on third-party marketplaces. The presidential memorandum issued on 3rd of April called out third-party marketplaces, carriers, customs brokers, payment providers, vendors, and others involved in international transactions to cooperate with

HMRC launches Making Tax Digital scheme for SMBs

From today, HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Making Tax Digital programme has become a law for more than one million VAT registered businesses earning more than £85,000. The new rules, first announced in 2015, will mean most businesses above the VAT threshold will need to keep

What is an EORI number and do you need one before Brexit?

If you trade with the EU, it is possible you will need an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number). This will be crucial should the UK leave the EU without a formal deal in place. What is an EORI Number? According to the European Commission,

What will be the impact of Amazon US price parity U-turn?

Amazon US lifted the price parity policy last week, opening the door to changes in the way sellers allocate competitive product prices across their multiple trading channels. Sellers trading on Amazon.com can now manipulate their product pricing points on their websites or other marketplaces as

Google faces €1.5bn fine from EU over ‘illegal’ anti-competitive conduct

Google are facing a €1.5bn (£1.29bn) fine from the European Union (EU) for 'illegal' anti-competitive practices towards rival online search advertisers. This news marks the third time the EU fined Google for search and advertising misconduct. The EU accused Google's owner Alphabet of restricting third-party competitors from

Royal Mail CDC pension scheme gets government commitment

The Government have expressed their commitment to Royal Mail and the CWU today, to bring forward legislation to enable Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pension scheme at the earliest opportunity. We have reported on Royal Mail and the CWU reaching an agreement acceptable to both parties

eBay Chinese seller blackmails UK merchant over bad review

An eBay Chinese seller has blackmailed a UK merchant into removing a bad review after the Chinese seller refused to "refund poor quality items" which were thought to be from London. While the Chinese sellers' location abuse isn't news anymore, it highlights an underlying problem of