Selling Internationally: Risk and Payment Practices


When choosing which countries to sell to, it’s likely you’ll find some countries to remove from your shortlist based on their risk factors and payment practices.


Risk with international selling online


Countries vary in their average levels of online payment fraud and their success rates at delivering mail to its intended recipients, so be sure you’re comfortable with the risks associated with your target countries. For a good general report on global e-commerce fraud read Forter’s Global Fraud Attack Index.


Accepting payments for international orders


Credit card usage is far from ubiquitous; in some countries, buyers prefer Cash on Delivery (COD) or other alternate payment methods which are much more challenging for an international shipper to deal with. This article on online payment methods around the world provides a comprehensive breakdown of the various payment types used by eCommerce shoppers on a country-by-country basis.

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