Trade and E-commerce

The exponential growth of Asia’s trade and e-commerce market is attractive to overseas investors, but the fluid regulatory environment remains challenging.

Asia’s trade and e-commerce markets are growing rapidly across countries. China’s total import-export volume and cross border e-commerce transactions reached US $4 trillion and US $1.2 trillion, respectively, in 2017 – both representing the world’s largest markets.

Vietnam’s e-commerce market is experiencing double-digit growth, while investors in India are benefiting from rapidly growing internet penetration and some relaxation of government regulations.

Despite the prosperity of the market, entering the industry can pose considerable challenges.

How we can help companies leverage growth in the trade and e-commerce industry:

Foreign investors often struggle with the fluid regulatory environment, which is evolving quickly to meet the rapid growth of these markets and the demands of its consumers.

The increasing effect of global geo-politics also has considerable impact on risk assessment for companies involved in the trade and e-commerce industry.

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Onerous custom certificate requirements and procedures, IP protection, brand visibility, and local marketing strategy are other important challenges for trade and e-commerce operations throughout emerging Asia.

Our international business advisors are proficient at dealing with these challenges within the various sub-regions of Asia.

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Dezan Shira & Associates has helped many foreign companies source and sell products in Asia, set up retail operations on the ground to sell directly to Asia’s massive consumer class, and access Asia’s dynamic e-commerce market.

The firm retains experts on a country-by-country basis, ensuring that clients are able to grow their business in key markets across East, Southeast, and South Asia.

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Our clients are headquartered in more than 100 countries worldwide - including Europe, the Americas, and Asia, ranging in size from start-ups, to mid-cap and large enterprises. Here is what our clients have to share about us:

Dezan Shira has played a crucial role in helping our China expansion from a RO to a full-fledged trading entity - through careful planning, in-person meetings, and qualitative strategic advice. The setup is particularly complex in China, but we were led through the legal and tax intricacies, regulations, and obligations towards local authorities smoothly. We were delighted to close the circle by inaugurating our China office ...with Dezan Shira’s help.
Ping has offices in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. We’ve been a client of Dezan Shira’s for 25 years, from setting up companies, to back-office services. Although many “big 8” firms think they specialize in Asia, Dezan Shira is the only firm that I know of with the breadth, depth, and expertise across the region. My compliments to the team for our 25 years of positive experience; I rely on, recommend, ...and trust you even more.
Bloomsbury Institute, a UK higher education provider, engaged Dezan Shira to incorporate their company in India and assist with employment and payroll. They efficiently handled the complex process, enabling them to set up the company, including a bank account, and employ 7 staff members in Hyderabad. Their multi-disciplinary team is a pleasure to work with and provided comprehensive services in-house. Client service and have been excellent and they continue to ensure our compliance with company law and assist with payroll services.
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