Export your products with Shopping

Use Shopping ads, display remarketing for retail, and free product listings to reach new global customers, promote the products you sell, and find better qualified leads. Show your product images, product details, and business name to online shoppers and help people find what they’re looking for.

Shopping ads and free listings offer you several features to help support your global reach, such as targeting multiple countries from a single offer and automatic currency conversion in case you can’t provide product prices in a foreign currency. Learn more about using the right language and currency

This article explains how to set up Shopping ads and free listings in multiple countries.

These export features are available only for Shopping ads, display remarketing for retail, and free listings. They should not be used for Buy on Google.

Before you begin

  • Identify new countries where you want to list your products.

Create a feed to target multiple countries

To begin listing your products in multiple countries, you can use either one of these methods:

Feed languages

  • You can use your existing feed to target countries that share the same language. For example, if you have an existing Spanish feed, you can use this feed to target Spanish-speakers in Colombia and Ecuador, where Spanish is the local language. You can also use that feed to target Spanish speakers in Canada, Japan, or any other country in which Shopping ads and listings are available.
  • If you have translations of your product listings, you can add additional feeds for each language and target new countries with those languages.

Going global within Merchant Center

The easiest way to make your products discoverable in multiple countries is to add additional countries to your product feeds.
  1. Log in to your Merchant Center account.
  2. Click Feeds under “Products”.
  3. Select the feed you want to be multi-country, and then click the Settings tab.
  4. Add all the countries you want to be discoverable in as additional countries.
  5. Your offers are now set up for free listings in the configured additional countries.

Follow these steps to ensure your account has a shipping service configured for your chosen countries:

  1. Go to the “Shipping and Return settings” page.
  2. Confirm that there are shipping services set up in the currency of your feed/offers for all the countries you choose on the feed. If not, set up shipping services for these countries. Ensure the shipping cost is specified in the same currency as the offers.
  • For example, adding AU would require these steps:
    1. Name your shipping service and select the countries you want this service to cover. Note: The currency of the shipping service matches the offer currency, e.g, USD in this example—not AUD.
    2. Set up delivery times.
    3. Set up shipping cost.
  1. Your offers are now set up for free listings in all the additional countries you added.

Note: Creating a feed in Merchant Center doesn’t automatically make your products part of an advertising campaign because you must also have a campaign configured in Google Ads to cover these products.

To set up your products to serve in multiple countries in Google Ads Shopping campaigns, log in to Google Ads, create a new campaign, and select the target country or feed label of your offers/feeds (The number of products per target country or feed label will be listed in the Google Ads UI while additional countries on your offers won’t be.)

Going global with Shopping via attributes in your feed files

  1. To target multiple countries from a feed file only, add shipping attributes to each of your items, specifying the ship-to country and shipping cost, as a minimum. Learn more about the shipping [shipping] attribute

The below example uploads 4 products sold in euros to an account, where there are no shipping services configured on the account.

  • Item 122 is configured to be sold in both GB and IE.
  • Item 133 is configured to be only sold in IE.
  • Item 144 is configured to be sold in IE, GB, FR, and DE.
  • Item 155 is configured to be sold in IE, FR, NZ, and AU.

ID
[id]

Title
[title]

Description
[description]

Link
[link]

Condition
[condition]

Price
[price]

Availability
[availability]

Image link
[image_link]

Shipping
[shipping]

122

Toy Bear

A yellow teddy bear

https://ww...

new

10.00 EUR

in_stock

https://ww...

IE::: 5 EUR, GB:::1.00 EUR

133

Blender

12-speed, black blender

https://ww...

new

10.00 EUR

in_stock

https://ww...

IE::: 5 EUR

144

Red Pen

Generous grip for comfortable writing. Red ink.

https://ww...

new

10.00 EUR

in_stock

https://ww...

IE::: 5.00 EUR, GB::: 1.00 EUR, FR::: 1.00 EUR, DE::: 5.00 EUR

155

Android Squishable

15" Android Squishable Organic Cotton

https://ww...

new

10.00 EUR

in_stock

https://ww...

IE::: 5.00 EUR, FR::: 10.00 EUR, AU::: 7.00 EUR, NZ::: 7.00 EUR

  1. To target multiple countries from a feed file where you’ve already configured shipping services on the account, add shipping attributes to each of your items and specify the ship-to 2 letter country code at a minimum. The shipping cost can be left blank as the shipping information will be taken from the shipping services on the account.

The below example uploads 3 products sold in US dollars to an account, where there are shipping services already configured on this account for the US, CA, and AU.

  • Item 123 is configured to be sold in both the US and CA.
  • Item 456 is configured to be only sold in CA.
  • Item 789 is configured to be sold in the US, CA, AU, NZ, and MX. Note: Shipping services aren’t mandatory for NZ and MX. Hence, they don’t need to have shipping price defined at an item level.

ID
[id]

Title
[title]

Description
[description]

Link
[link]

Condition
[condition]

Price
[price]

Availability
[availability]

Image link
[image_link]

Shipping
[shipping]

123 Shirt T-Shirt, Red https://ww... new 10.00 USD in_stock https://ww... US:::,
CA:::
456 Blue Pen Generous grip for comfortable writing. Blue ink. https://ww... new 5.00 USD in_stock https://ww... CA:::
789 Shoes Original Men's Shoes, Blue/orange, 12 https://ww... new 15.00 USD in_stock https://ww... US:::,
CA:::,
AU:::,
NZ:::,
MX:::

Going global with Shopping APIs (Content API and Shipping API)

There are two options when using APIs to set up multi-country targeting on Global Offers.

Option A: Detailed steps

  1. Set up shipping services on your Merchant Center account, and provide the destination, currency, shipping cost, and estimated delivery times.
  2. Add the shipping [shipping] attribute to all products, and specify in the attribute information all the countries you wish your product to be discoverable in and can be shipped to.
Note: Through the Content API, only specify the 2 letter country code, leaving the shipping price and shipping service attributes empty. They’re optional as you have shipping service configured at an account level and the shipping price will be populated from your shipping service settings defined in step one.

Option B: Detailed steps

  1. Add product shipping attributes to all your offers/items, specifying the ship-to country, service level, and price for all the countries you wish products to be discoverable in. Learn more about the Shipping Settings API

Set up tax settings specific to your new country

  • Follow the correct tax policies for your target country or feed label. Tax for Shopping ads and free listings is restricted to two concepts: value-added tax (generally called VAT, IVA, TVA, MWST, or GST in different countries) and sales tax. Most countries use VAT, while the US has a sales tax system. Keep in mind that each country’s tax regulations and policies differ. When you set up specific tax and shipping settings for a new country, ensure that you provide correct information for your products. Learn more about tax settings

Included tax vs. excluded tax using currency of the target country

Tax inclusion policies and audience needs can differ across countries. If you list your products in a country with tax inclusion policies that are different from those in your target country or feed label, you may need to adjust your tax practices. Since you're using the currency of the target country or feed label, you need to follow the price and tax requirements of the target country or feed label.

Example

In Germany, tax is included in product prices. In Canada, tax isn’t included. A merchant based in Germany that exports to Canada in the currency of the target country must not include any tax in their product prices. In Canada, merchants must also not submit any tax in the tax [tax] attribute. If the merchant does charge tax in Canada, they can say so on their landing or checkout pages.

Included tax vs. excluded tax using currency conversion

If you use currency conversion, consumers can assume that you're not a local advertiser. As such, you have to follow the price and tax requirements for the country that matches your chosen currency.

Example

If a merchant exports to Australia in USD, Australian customers are able to identify the merchant’s location by the currency in the ad. The merchant must follow US sales tax rules in their product data and on their website. The tax [tax] attribute should be used in place of the price [price] attribute to submit tax information. Since Australian consumers expect taxes to be included in prices, ads show a “+tax” annotation to indicate to users that tax isn't included in the price.

Different levels of included tax

If you sell from one country that includes tax in prices into another country, it’s likely that the VAT rates are different. You must include tax in your product prices. If you use the currency of the target country, you can choose to include the tax rate you use on your website. If you use currency conversion, you should use the VAT rate from the country of your chosen currency.

Example

If a French retailer (VAT rate 20%) exports to Sweden (VAT rate 25%), they can choose to include either 20% or 25% in the product price as long as it matches both the landing page and the checkout pages on their website.

  • Identify import or export charges. These are charges that cover costs charged in direct connection with products crossing a border. Often this is referred to as duty, excise, or customs, but can also include storage cost, special handling fees, or other costs. Some countries also charge a luxury tax or product specific tax for certain imports. These types of charges don’t fall under the tax category, but are considered an import or export charge.

To make sure that consumers can connect information they see on Google with the information that they see on your website, you must clearly label the relevant costs and submit information in your product data accordingly.

Based on how you operate, you may display import and export charges on your checkout page separately, combine them into a single line item, or combine some of them with existing shipping costs. The import or export charges can be combined into the shipping [shipping] or price [price] attribute. If they are combined with the price [price] attribute, the product price on the landing page and checkout page must match the value submitted for the price [price] attribute, and the item can only be listed in the target country.

Example

Your shipping provider handles customs clearance, but you still charge import duties yourself. On your checkout page, you should have a “shipping and customs” charge and an “import duty” charge. You should submit a shipping cost that includes customs clearance charges and matches the “shipping and customs” charge on your checkout page. The import duty charge needs to be displayed on the checkout page, but doesn’t need to be submitted to Google.

Requirements for your export country

Create a Shopping campaign for your new feed (Shopping ads only)

  1. If you already have a Shopping campaign set up, review your location targeting and ensure it includes any additional countries you've added to your feed.
  2. If you don't have a Shopping campaign yet, first review and then pick which Shopping campaign makes sense for your business.

While setting up your campaign, you'll need to pick a target country or feed label. Pick a relevant feed label or a country that's included in your feed, then make sure your location targeting includes any additional countries you've added to your feed.

Example

Your feed targets the US, the UK, and France. Your target country can be the US, but you'll need to add the UK and France to your location targeting so that the products show in those countries. If you choose to use a feed label, then be sure to add US, UK, and France to your location targeting.

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