US and Colombian consumers show similar interest in cross-border e-commerce
In the United States and Colombia, only approximately one-quarter of respondents reported purchasing goods or services from abroad in the past year. But signs of growth abound. In the United States, half of those who had purchased goods or services from abroad reported doing so monthly. And in Colombia, the percentage of those shopping across borders was about half the percentage of those who said they had shopped online from merchants based domestically.
In both countries, the desire to support domestic merchants was not amongst the factors holding consumers back. As seen in our research, practical concerns such as the perception of high shipping costs and long delivery times were much bigger considerations.
Poland stands out for cross-border e-commerce
The percentage of online consumers shopping from abroad in Poland was approximately twice as high as in the United States in Colombia. And while some of this difference could partially be attributed to the European Single Market, the interest in cross-border e-commerce amongst consumers in Poland’s fast-growing e-commerce market cannot be discounted.
In all three countries, China was the most common country where consumers reported buying goods online from abroad. With this said, in the case of both Colombia and Poland, other large nearby markets accounted for a big share of cross-border online purchases. In Colombia, the United States was a close second to China when it came to the most popular countries for online consumers to buy international products. In Poland, the European Union as a whole made up the second-most popular market.
Payment methods matter
When selling online across borders, which online payment methods merchants choose to offer represents a key part of product and business localization. This is a common refrain at PayU – and it bears itself out once again in our latest survey. Approximately half of consumers in all three markets surveyed said they would be likely to abandon a purchase or consider another option if their preferred payment wasn’t available when shopping from an international merchant online.