International eCommerce Regulations

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International eCommerce Regulations

This page is intended to outline the different laws and regulations concerning eCommerce per country or region. Please feel free to edit the page if your country is not represented or you’d like to add information.

North America

USA - No specific regulations are known.


The ability to apply two separate taxes to an order. There is a federal tax and a provincial tax for items shipped within the same province as the seller. These taxes can not be combined and must be shown separately.


European Union

For to check if an European VAT No. is valid or not:

Finland France Germany Spain Sweden Poland UK

To sum up required features for different European regulations we need:

  • ability to switch on/off displaying prices with tax (can be dependent on customer type?)
  • ability to input tax and other numbers for a customer while creating account, changeable later
  • ability to add additional info to products, shown on invoice
  • custom rounding rules
  • showing amount for each tax rate on invoice

Furthermore, certain items are not taxable in certain EU countries, such as books, so there should be an option to turn off taxation on such items.

South America

Central America

Middle East


- There are no Zip Codes, and postal codes are very rarely used; 9 out of 10 people know their postal codes. Addresses are only a matter of Street Address, Region, and City.




In Australia we do not have Counties. We are currently divided into eight “States”.

These are:-

ACT (Australian Capital Territory) QLD (Queensland) NSW (New South Wales) VIC (Victoria) TAS (Tasmania) SA (South Australia) WA (Western Australia) NT (Northern Territory)

GST is levied Federally and is the same for each State. GST is payable on both goods and services. Basic foodstuffs are FRE (free of GST). Invoices are to be labeled “Tax Invoice” and must show the value of GST charged.

There are variations on this rate according to complex laws. In one case, we even have a tax on top of a tax WET (Wine Equisation Tax) is levied first on the last wholesale sale, and then GST is levied on the gross. Invoices are required to show both the WET and the GST separately. Where there are Cellar Door Sales (often FRE products as well as wines), it is desirable that the taxes be shown in separate columns on a line by line basis. It would not seem to matter which locale “State” was used to levy the taxes. Where goods are re-sold by a business registered for GST they can claim a credit on WET and GST already included in their purchase price.

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