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Shopify Plans Update for Carrier API Integrations

The global e-commerce industry continues to grow, offering brands an excellent opportunity to increase customer reach without physical presence.  

Platforms like Shopify exist to offer brands of all sizes the opportunity to sell online. For a cross-border solution, BorderGuru (similar to Shopify Markets) helps democratize international sales and allows companies to expand easily internationally.  

If you own a Shopify store, there will be some changes in 2023. One of the most important ones for cross-border sales is that now to use carrier integration apps, you should have Shopify Standard, Advanced, or Pro plans.  

This blog explains what you need to do cross-border and take your business to the next level.  

Let’s start by understanding what Carrier Service API apps (Third-Party Calculated Rates) are and how they can help you sell internationally.   

In Shopify, Carrier Service API apps come from third-party providers and can be integrated into brand stores to help them sell internationally. For example, some can calculate shipping, delivery time, taxes and duties, and provide other necessary tools to do cross-border, such as HS codes.   

BorderGuru Cross-border is a third-party carrier app that makes seamless international shipping possible. It can be integrated into your Shopify store in 5 minutes, at no cost, transaction fees, or initial investment.   

Main Features   

  • Integrates easily with your Shopify store in 5 minutes 
  • Gives access to reduced shipping rates (up to 70% lower than the most common carriers) 
  • Calculates and guarantees taxes and duties at checkout for free  
  • Handles legal and VAT for 200 countries  
  • Provide HS codes for free   
  • Free detailed tracking from the first to the last mile at all times. 

Learn more about the top benefits of using a cross-border solution to sell internationally in our blog.   

We have created a summary of Shopify plans that allow Shopify Markets + API Carrier apps like BorderGuru to sell and ship internationally. 

Shopify Standard

This plan is for businesses experiencing traffic and sales growth and looking to step up and increase their customer reach. It offers all the features of the basic plan, along with lower credit card rates and transaction fees. It also gives you access to Shopify Markets and third-party calculated rates for international commerce. Starting in 2023, Shopify offers a 50% discount on the first year (paid annually). 

  • Cost per month $79 
  • Online credit card processing fees: 2.6% + 0.30 per transaction

Shopify Advance 

Shopify Advance helps growing businesses find expansion opportunities with analytics. It offers all the features of the Basic and Shopify plan, along with lower transaction fees, 15 staff accounts, international commerce through Shopify Markets, third-party calculated rates and more. Starting in 2023 Shopify is offering a 50% discount on the first year (paid annually). 

  • Cost per month $299
  • Online credit card processing fees: 2.4% + 0.30 per transaction

Shopify Plus  

This plan is for high-volume merchants, who need advanced features and customization to continue growing their business. For example, businesses that make $1 million or more in sales per year can be a fit. Shopify Plus offers a very low credit card payment fee and all the features and perks of Shopify advance, plus a dedicated account manager, premium support and more.  

  • Cost per month starts at $2,000 per month 
  • Online credit card processing fees: 0.15% per transaction for third-party payment processors and 0% using Shopify payments

Suppose your business is getting high international traction and you have not yet done so. In that case, you should consider moving your plan to Shopify, Advance, or Plus depending on what makes sense to your business size, and start converting your international traffic into loyal customers using a third-party carrier app like BorderGuru.   

Open your business the opportunity to expand and sell internationally without complexities or the need for additional resources. Having access to our app will benefit your business and your international customers. Give them the best checkout experience by being transparent about shipping, taxes and duties, and offering them customs-cleared orders. Implementing this will enhance the shopping experience, increasing trust and returning customers.  

Start your international journey with us and sell in 200 countries now! Contact us now to learn more about how our app works and is set up in your Shopify store.   

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