Certain Russian government regulations have severely restricted cross-border trading since the end of 2013. Through several measures, including lowering the monthly threshold for exemption of import tax from €1000 to €150, Russia wants to stimulate the local retail and online market. As a result, it has become more difficult and expensive for Russians to buy goods and/or services from abroad.
In addition to other information about the country, this is revealed by the latest report on B2C e-commerce in Europe by Ecommerce Europe. Ecommerce Europe is the European umbrella organization for online retailers. Figures in Ecommerce Europe reports are based on the Global Online Measurement Standard for B2C E-commerce (GOMSEC). Ecommerce Europe also published comprehensive 2013 Regional Reports on B2C E-commerce in Northern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and Western Europe. All the reports are powered by GfK, GlobalCollect, Informatica, RichRelevance and Salesupply.
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