The original idea of the Senate was that the parcel would be taxed at 50 cents per kilometer. But now a different taxation system has been proposed: if the distance between the last warehouse where the parcel is located and the buyer’s receipt address is less than 50 kilometers, then 1% of the purchase price will be charged. If the distance is greater than 80 kilometers, it will be 2%. , but no matter how small the package is, how close it is, the minimum must not be less than 1 Euro.
This tax does not apply to the use of non-pollution transport vehicles, retailers with a turnover of less than 50 million euros, local agricultural producers and books.
The proposal pointed out that the rise of e-commerce has affected car travel, but also produced various kinds of pollution, and will lead to excessive use of infrastructure.
Although people believe that compared with physical retailers, e-commerce companies benefit from an unfair taxation system, especially those large e-commerce companies. However, some people also disputed the proposal, arguing that this measure not only affects large foreign e-commerce companies, but also affects local e-commerce success stories, such as Vente-Privée.com or Cdiscount.
The number of e-commerce websites and buyers in France
According to statistics of the French E-Commerce Fevad at the end of last year, France has about 173,000 active e-commerce retail websites, which is an increase of 10% compared with the same period of the previous year. In 2016, there were 157,273 online shopping sites in France.
Let’s take a look at the number of e-commerce websites in France in recent years.
The number of these e-commerce websites is based on data provided by nine payment platforms. They are: Be2bill by Dalenys, Ingenico Payment Services, Monetico Paiement, Monext, Paypal, PayZen, Verifone and Worldline. The decline in statistics from 2015 to 2016 was due to changes in statistical methods by some payment platforms.
In the first quarter of this year, 37.4 million French consumers (85.5% of Internet users) shopped online, and most online shoppers (54%) purchased at least once a month, more than a quarter (28%) of online shoppers monthly Shop at least twice.