This guide offers best practices for merchants operating outside the United States. Before you begin, we recommend reading through Supported countries and currencies for Squarespace Commerce.
Manage your site's language settings
You can change the language of your site's built-in text in your Language and Region settings.
If you have an international audience, consider creating a multilingual site to reach diverse customers in their native languages.
Use a local domain
Use a domain that matches your location. For example, if you live in the United Kingdom or Germany, you can register, transfer, or connect a domain with these TLDs:
Change your store's currency
After connecting Commerce to a payment processor, your store currency automatically changes to the currency of the bank account linked to your payment processor, if it's a supported currency. If it's not supported, your currency defaults to USD. If you sell to an international audience, you can select a different currency from the drop-down menu.
Change to metric measurements
You can change how your store displays weight (kilograms) and dimensions (meters) in your Language and Region Settings.
Visit our guide on shipping by weight to learn more about how measurements are used in shipping calculations.
Create an imprint (or impressum) page
Disable newsletter opt-ins
Some countries have laws, like the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation, that regulate how websites can collect mailing list subscribers. If you have a newsletter subscribe option at checkout, you can choose to not automatically opt-in customers into your email communications.
- In Checkout settings, scroll down to Newsletter.
- Uncheck Enable mailing list opt-in by default.
Note: Squarespace doesn't provide specific advice on laws or requirements applicable to your site or business. Mailchimp offers tips to help you comply with CASL here.
Create international tax rules
You can tax rules for different countries in the Taxes panel. In most cases, the tax rate applies to the entire country.
- In the Home Menu, click Commerce, then click Taxes.
- Click Add Country.
Add provincial tax rates in Canada
When you select Canada, you can add tax rules for each province. Province taxes are charged in addition to the Canadian country-wide tax. This displays in a separate line in receipts. To learn more, visit Setting up taxes in Squarespace Commerce.
Enable tax-inclusive pricing
Tax-inclusive pricing includes tax in the product’s listed price, instead of adding tax on at checkout. To learn more, visit Collecting VAT or GST.
Note: This guide is available as a resource, but it isn't legal or accounting advice. Per our Terms of Service, Squarespace doesn't provide advice or recommendations on any laws or requirements applicable to your site or business. If you have questions about these laws, you can consult with a tax advisor or attorney.
GDPR and EU cookie requirements
The GDPR regulates how individuals and organizations may collect, use, and retain personal data, which affects Squarespace and sites run on Squarespace’s platform. To learn about the GDPR and how Squarespace helps you comply, visit GDPR and Squarespace.