The G20 e-Trade Readiness Index, a new ranking published by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by eBay, looks at how prepared G20 countries are to capitalise on global e-trade opportunities.
At the top, the index shows Australia’s all-round strength, particularly its affordable Internet access, high smartphone penetration and use of electronic payment methods. Island nations fared well, making up three of the top five spots—as well as Australia, the UK came in fourth and Japan in fifth. These economies have long relied on international trade and look well-positioned to continue this with e-trade opportunities.
The report also warns that customs and regulatory restrictions could hamper SMEs’ ability to grow through e-trade. SMEs tend to ship smaller parcels to a variety of locations and cannot always benefit from shipping in bulk. Customs procedures in some countries can also be more trouble than they are worth for small packages.