Legal fragmentation, taxation systems (VAT) and logistics/distribution remain the three most difficult barriers to overcome for online merchants selling abroad according to the “Cross-border E-commerce Barometer”. Following on from last year’s successful survey on barriers to growth of the European online sales industry, Ecommerce Europe launched the Barometer amongst its European-wide membership base at the beginning of 2016 to measure the barriers online merchants still face when trying to expand their business cross-border in Europe.
As the voice of the e-commerce industry, Ecommerce Europe provides EU policy makers and companies with first-hand information and workable solutions for the main obstacles online businesses face when trying to sell goods and/or services in other EU Member States. “We have to make sure that we do not make things more complex for the online sector. The Barometer is a useful tool to identify exact problems and assess developments in the e-commerce market following policy initiatives taken at EU level”, declared the Secretary General of Ecommerce Europe, Marlene ten Ham.
The Barometer analysis report examines more in-depth each of the three main barriers to cross-border e-commerce in order to provide detailed and evidence-based facts & figures about the issues which – according to online merchants – require immediate attention and solutions. Furthermore, this year’s study has a dedicated part to merchants’ attitudes towards the increasing globalization of e-commerce. Most of the companies that replied to the survey believe that the globalization of e-commerce will foster unfair competition between EU and extra-EU online merchants.
Click here to download a copy of the analysis report of our “Cross-border E-commerce Barometer 2016”.
END OF PRESS RELEASE
About Ecommerce Europe
Ecommerce Europe is the association representing 25,000+ companies selling goods and/or services online to consumers in Europe. Founded by leading national e-commerce associations, Ecommerce Europe is the voice of the e-commerce sector in Europe. Its mission is to stimulate cross-border e-commerce through lobbying for better or desired policy, by offering a European platform for European e-commerce sector and other stakeholders, and by providing in-depth research data about European markets. Moreover, Ecommerce Europe provides more than 10,000 certified online companies across Europe with a European Trustmark label, with the aim of increasing consumers’ trust in cross-border purchases.
National associations which are members of Ecommerce Europe
|Finland||Finnish Commerce Federation||www.kauppa.fi|
|Finland||Internet Industry Finland||www.verkkoteollisuus.fi|
|Ireland||Retail Excellence Ireland||www.retailexcellence.ie|
|Luxembourg||Luxembourg E-commerce Association||www.ecom.lu|
Ecommerce Europe AISBL
Rue de Trèves 59-61, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
Press contact Ecommerce Europe
Marlene ten Ham
Tel.: +32 2 502 31 34