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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 Chris Dawson January 24, 2020 - 10:00 am

Do you need to register and pay the Data Protection Fee?

The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched a campaign to remind sole traders, small companies and SMEs of their legal responsibility to pay a Data Protection Fee. The move marks the start of an extensive programme to make sure the Data Protection Fee is paid by

eBay and Facebook pledge to tackle fake reviews

eBay and Facebook have made a pledge to stop the circulation of fake reviews on their platforms so hopefully sellers will have to worry less about fake competition. In June we reported that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) urged eBay to conduct an “urgent

Amazon start to collect VAT in more European countries

Amazon have started to collect VAT in more European countries. Residents of Norway, Switzerland and Armenia will all be charged VAT from the 1st of January 2020. The change is due to the countries starting to requiring non-resident companies providing remote services to begin collecting VAT

US Customs Electronic Data Clearance requirements from 1st January 2020

There will be some changes to US Customs for imports from January next year which, if not complied with, could result in your products being delayed at the US border or even rejected. The US will as of January 1st 2020 require all imports to have

Is the Cookie Law outdated and frankly just annoying?

Cookies are a basic part of how the Internet works but there's hardly anyone I know that is in favour of pop ups on just about every website due to the EU's Cookie Law. They store little bits of information about you such as when

New Zealand GST required for low-value goods from 1st December 2019

The New Zealand Government has passed into law new goods and services tax (GST) rules that apply from the 1st of December 2019. Overseas businesses that sell low-value goods to consumers in New Zealand may need to register for, collect and return GST of 15%.

Reminder: Register for German VAT by the 1st of October or be barred from selling

From the 1st of October, sellers in the UK and EU that sell to German consumers must provide marketplaces they trade on with a German VAT certificate “Bescheinigung nach §22f UStG” which confirms the tax registration of the seller. Will you need to register for German

How Zalando addressed the introduction of PSD2

On the 14 of September, Strong Customer Authentication comes into force as part of the EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2). For customers, this means that payment will be even more secure. If they want to pay online, they will have to authenticate their payment using

‘Leading online marketplaces’ face scrutiny in the US over anti-competitive practices

"Leading online marketplaces" are coming under fire over alleged anti-competitive practices on their platforms. What seems like a recurring problem of online marketplaces facing scrutiny as their business practices appear questionable in the eyes of competition watchdogs, leading to two questions. First, how much of healthy

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