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Cross-Border Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce) Payment Platform

 

Cross-Border Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce) Payment Platform

 

The globalization of economic development has accelerated the development of global cross-border e-commerce, and also promoted the globalization of economic development, creating an excellent application platform for the globalization of economic development.

Cross-border e-commerce has become the market trend of e-commerce in the future, and it will be a very attractive big cake. How to eat this cake? The prerequisite is to be familiar with cross-border e-commerce and understand its characteristics.

I.What is cross-border e-commerce?

Cross-border e-commerce is the development of new retail business from traditional retail to online e-commerce;

From the previous focus on corporate capabilities = cost + efficacy + corporate resources, to today’s corporate capabilities = time + value + experience + relationship upgrade; From traditional method—>innovation method—> algorithm, SRM—>CRM management, both parties to the transaction use the Internet platform to conduct online transactions, electronic payment settlement, etc., and combine international logistics to directly distribute and deliver goods through a more efficient international business behavior.

Enterprises in global trade and investment, enhance high degree of freedom and efficient operation convenience and enhance capital circulation in order to maintain international competitiveness.

In recent years, due to the revision and adjustment of overseas regional laws and policies, in order to reflect the ever-changing ecosystem of various corporate cultures, it is indeed necessary to know the correct concepts and new realities of the e-commerce system and choose the most suitable structure for business operations.

II.What is cross border characteristics?

  • Low cost:
    Cross-border E-commerce can simplified supply chain and goods circulation, significantly reduce the cost and expenses.
  • Anonymity:
    It is difficult to identify the E-commerce customer and its location.
  • Internationality:
    The Internet is a borderless medium, with global new and decentralised characteristics, with global economic development, the cross-border E-commerce has become international and non-governmental.
  • Rapid evolving:
    Cross-border E-commerce is a new thing and is still in its infancy. Like other newborn babies, it is bound to continue to change at an unprecedented rate and in unexpected ways.

III.Cross-border e-commerce operation instructions

  • Cross-border e-commerce operators:
    That is, an offshore enterprise that sells goods to China is the owner of the product.
  • Cross-border e-commerce platforms:
    Domestic enterprises provide matching channels for both parties (consumers and cross-border e-commerce platforms), such as Amazon, Lazada, such as Tmall, and JD.com in China.
  • Domestic service providers:
    Domestic enterprises, entrusted by cross-border e-commerce enterprises, carry out relevant ICP filing and registration, directly provide relevant information to the customs, accept the follow-up supervision of the customs, municipal supervision, and other departments, and bear the corresponding responsibilities. Currently, the operation of cross-border e-commerce in China requires the filing of domestic service providers.

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  1. Cross-border e-commerce operators:
    That is, an offshore enterprise that sells goods to China is the owner of the product.
  2. Cross-border e-commerce platforms:
    Domestic enterprises provide matching channels for both parties (consumers and cross-border e-commerce platforms), such as Amazon, Lazada, such as Tmall, and JD.com in China.
  3. Domestic service providers:
    Domestic enterprises, entrusted by cross-border e-commerce enterprises, carry out relevant ICP filing and registration, directly provide relevant information to the customs, accept the follow-up supervision of the customs, municipal supervision, and other departments, and bear the corresponding responsibilities. Currently, the operation of cross-border e-commerce in China requires the filing of domestic service providers.

IV.Cash flow of cross-border payment providers

E-commerce companies are very concerned about cross-border cash flow, especially China is a country with foreign exchange control.

It is very important for e-commerce players to remit funds from commodity sales offshore, and to realize the cross-border e-commerce supervision process, the e-commerce operator must sign a contract with a payment company and develop a program to interface the payment information between the e-commerce platform and the payment system, to realize the program for submitting the payment order.

At present, there are many legally registered payment providers, and e-commerce operators can choose according to their needs. 

In the cross-border payment process, payment providers provide three types of services to cross-border e-commerce companies, namely online payment channels + cross-border payment settlement + payment solutions for customs payment data submission.

V.Main body of e-commerce business

  • E-commerce parent company:
    The parent company (Taiwan company) directly acts as a cross-border e-commerce operator. Due to the rapid changes in cross-border business, it is necessary to pay attention to foreign exchange regulations and the definition of taxation and taxation for overseas e-commerce.
    Taking Taiwan as an example, according to the regulations of the Ministry of Finance, foreign profit-making institutions that do not have a fixed business place and business agent in Taiwan, such as cross-border sales of electronic labor services to enterprises in Taiwan, the remuneration obtained is Article 88 of the Income Tax Act.
    For the income with the prescribed withholding scope, the withholding agent shall withhold the tax at the prescribed withholding rate according to the payment amount at the time of payment. The general tax rate for the payment of electronic labor services to overseas companies is 20%.
  • Offshore companies:
    When conducting cross-border e-commerce business, how to avoid the local country withholding taxes on electronic labor remittances? The offshore company can be directly used as the applicant of the overseas e-commerce business so that when paying the relevant overseas electronic labor fees because the non-local withholding agent is not the local withholding agent, the withholding problem of the remittance can be avoided when remittance.
    Both enterprises and individual entrepreneurs can apply for an offshore company and open an account in an overseas bank. In this way, the funds can be operated flexibly, and with cross-border e-commerce operations, a business can be done even without a local entity company (currently only China requires cross-border e-commerce. Overseas e-commerce operators need to have domestic responsible persons, and other countries have not yet required it.) Gradually enter the market of various countries, and plan whether to establish a local entity according to market conditions in the future.

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