The Eindhoven based company GO EU Commerce has joined forces with the Eindhoven based logistics company Seabourne Group to develop and investigate a fully automated logistics handling system for global e-commerce shipments platform directly connected to European customs and tax authorities.
is based on GO EU Commerce’s e-commerce platform for non-European web shops with an all-inclusive shipping solution integrated in the checkout. GO EU provides a shop-and-ship experience where all taxes and duties are prepaid during checkout connected to customs and tax authorities. The integrated Platform is built and designed especially for non-European web shops to manage their existing European e-commerce shipments. The Platform Services and Forwarding Services are calculated in real time, fully compliant and in line with the Union Customs Code (UCC) to help non-European web shops grow their European e-commerce business faster and simpler.
GO EU Commerce wants to make the platform compatible with the Seabourne Group to be able to better service the required physical inspections from customs and connecting third party last mile delivery partners.
Non-European web shops
selling goods (cross-border within the EU) to private individuals are obliged to pay the related import duties and taxes in the final country of delivery. In order to facilitate these cross-border transactions of goods, the European Commission presented a new European customs law: Union Customs Code (UCC) which became effective 1st May 2016 with new specific e-commerce rule coming up by the end of 2020.
European consumers are obliged to pay import duties and VAT for products purchased outside the EU online. For a webshop located outside the EU it’s almost impossible to calculate and absorb all cost and hidden fees in the final sales price on its non-European web shop.
In practice this is still not a fast, simple and cost-effective solution, which leads to highly complicated and different handling processes across the EU. Web shops need to deal with 26 different tax authorities and customs. Web shops that do not comply need to be aware that violations against the Union Customs Code (UCC) or the national regulations will cause high penalties, in addition to the recovery of the related import duties and taxes which were not paid accordingly. European tax and customs authorities recently launched investigation teams to track down the internationally trading web shops and audit them against European regulations.
To solve the challenges
described above, the subsidy of the metropolitan region of Eindhoven is going to help both companies develop the checkout calculator with a built-in duty calculator linked to a large number of external systems (such as web shops database, customs and tax authorities) and EU member states with their own laws and regulations in the area of taxes and import duties. In order for the platform to function and for the logistics handling to be truly cost-effective, a scalable logistics handling system will be developed by the Seabourne Group. Ultimately, the GO EU Commerce e-commerce platform can be integrated into any shopping cart of any web platforms (Shopify, Magento, Demand Ware, NetSuite etc.) in the world.
GO EU Commerce
GO EU is the e-commerce platform for non-European web shops with an all-inclusive shipping solution integrated in your checkout. GO EU provides a shop-and-ship experience where all taxes and duties are prepaid during checkout for all 26 European member states.
The Seabourne Group is a leading courier and parcel service in the Netherlands with various depots and partner networks in various European countries offering a wide range of logistics services such as warehousing, air and sea freight. In addition to express and economy (business to business) deliveries Seabourne also offers direct to consumer (business to consumer) deliveries for their existing business customers.
Metropolitan Region Eindhoven
The City region Eindhoven (780,000 inhabitants) traditionally has been a region of innovative hardworking and future-oriented people. This area, which is also known as Brainport Region, is characterized by a very strong high-tech industry with ASML and NXP as very large international key players. Because of this the Metropolitan Region Eindhoven along with the Metropolitan cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam belong to the main ports of the Netherlands. Therefore 21 municipalities work together in the Metropolitan Region Eindhoven. The Metropolitan Region Eindhoven is a lively collaboration and we work closely with various partners to meet the challenges of the future and lay out a common strategy when it comes to economics, spatial development and mobility.
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