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Promoting Small Business Cross Border Trade

eBay Inc. believes that global trade rules should be modernized to ensure small businesses can participate in technology-enabled global commerce.

For decades, global trade policies have been created with big businesses in mind because they were large enough to access global supply chains and markets. However, through the power of the Internet and mobile technology, small businesses are now able to reach beyond their local communities and access global markets. In fact, according to eBay Inc.’s Commerce 3.0 study, over 90 percent of U.S. businesses using ebay.com are trading across borders, and on average these businesses sell to more than 30 different countries. Comparatively, only five percent of businesses using more traditional business models trade across borders, and on average they sell to fewer than five countries. The Commerce 3.0 study also found that small businesses that participate in the global market are healthier than their traditional counterparts. Technology-enabled businesses that export have a 60 percent to 80 percent higher rate of survivability than offline businesses.

Although technology empowers small businesses to overcome barriers to global trading, pre-Internet trade policies now create complications for small-scale traders.

eBay Inc. Position

eBay Inc. believes that global trade rules should be modernized to ensure small businesses can participate in technology-enabled global commerce. eBay Inc. supports:

  • U.S. Congressional action to modernize trade laws and promote cross-border trade for retailers that use technology to serve global customers
  • Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation to empower U.S. trade negotiators to influence trading partners to raise their low-value customs thresholds and give U.S. small business exporters greater market access.
  • The Low-Value Shipment Regulatory Modernization Act (S.489/H.R.1020), which would reduce customs complexity, particularly for low-value packages and retail returns.

eBay Inc. Trade Partnerships

In 2014, eBay Inc. and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a partnership for U.S. trade and investment expansion. The partnership will focus on increasing awareness of the economic benefits of trade, specifically the important role that small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can play in growing America’s export economy. eBay Inc.’s partnership with the Department of Commerce was introduced in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce and eBay Inc.

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