Dropshipping im Ausland: Ein Leitfaden für erfolgreiches grenzüberschreitendes Geschäft

Dropshipping abroad: A guide to successful cross-border business

Dropshipping offers a flexible and cost-effective way to run your own e-commerce business. A special feature of this business model is the possibility of operating it internationally. In this article, we share some helpful tips on how to successfully set up and run a dropshipping business abroad.
Note: Please note that we are not a lawyer or tax advisor. The following information is not intended as legal or tax advice. We recommend that you consult a subject matter expert for specific questions.

Who pays the duty for dropshipping?

As a rule, the responsibility for customs clearance lies with the dealer. This means that if you are based in Spain and sell goods to Germany, you are responsible for customs clearance and payment of the corresponding customs duties.

How much tax do you pay on dropshipping?

The tax treatment of dropshipping depends on several factors, including the location of the merchant and the destination country of the goods delivery. It’s helpful to be aware of applicable VAT regulations and possibly consult a tax advisor to ensure you’re in compliance with all tax obligations.

Where to sell dropshipping?

Dropshipping offers the possibility to sell products worldwide, provided you have reliable logistics and shipping partners.

Where is the best place to do dropshipping?

Choosing the best location for your dropshipping business depends on several factors, including your target markets, logistics infrastructure and tax considerations.

Examples:

Example 1: You live in Spain and sell goods in Germany.

Suppose you live in Spain and want to sell goods to customers in Germany. If the value of goods of a single order is 150 EUR or less and you use the IOSS system, there is no need to register a business in Germany. However, you are still responsible for the correct accounting and payment of import sales tax through the IOSS. It is advisable to consult with a tax advisor or other qualified person to ensure that you are following all the required steps and properly meeting tax obligations.

Example 2: You live in Thailand and sell goods in Germany.

If you are based in Thailand and sell goods to customers in Germany, similar rules apply as in the first example. If the value of goods of a single order is 150 EUR or less and you use the IOSS system, there is no need for business registration in Germany. However, you are still responsible for correctly accounting for and paying import sales tax through the IOSS. It is important to consult with a tax advisor or other qualified person to ensure that you are complying with tax obligations under applicable regulations.

Example 3: You live in Thailand and sell goods in Brazil.

Other regulations apply to the sale of goods in Brazil that are not directly related to the IOSS. It is important to note the specific customs regulations and tax rules for shipping goods to Brazil. Educate yourself on the applicable rules and regulations to ensure that you are paying the correct duties and taxes to enable the delivery of your goods to customers in Brazil.

Bottom line: with the right research and preparation, running a dropshipping business abroad can be an exciting venture.