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Cross border trade inspections.


Why regulating cross-border digital trade is tricky

During the pandemic, many more people around the world ditched brick-and-mortar stores to order stuff online and have it delivered to their doorstep. And the trend isn’t going away.

But the convenience of getting almost anything you want with a few taps of your phone doesn't mean it's easy for the companies selling you the goods or services — or for the governments weighing the need for new rules to regulate cross-border e-commerce.

What is cross-border digital trade? While there's no commonly accepted definition, the OECD says it's "digitally enabled trade in goods or services, whether digitally or physically delivered."

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