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Export your products with Shopping ads

Use Shopping ads to reach new global customers, promote the products you sell and find better qualified leads by putting product images, price, and business name in front of people searching globally on Google.
 
Shopping ads offer you several features to help support global advertising, such as automatic currency conversion in case you can’t provide product prices in a foreign currency, and the ability to submit English feeds in 21 countries.

This article explains what to do to show Shopping ads in countries different from your home country.

Before you begin

  • Identify new countries where you'd like to promote your products.

Instructions

1. Create a feed for your new target country

To begin showing your ads in a new country, you’ll need a separate feed. 

  • Duplicate the feed that is most useful for your target country and modify your shopping product data in any way you feel necessary. For example, you may choose to remove heavy items you don't want to ship across borders.
  • Use the right language and currency. If you want to sell your products in another country,  you'll need to be sure that your Shopping ads are showing the language and currency that your audience uses, and that matches your landing pages. Learn more about language and currency requirements

2. Set up tax and shipping settings specific to your new country

  • Follow the correct tax policies for your target country. Tax for Shopping ads is restricted to two concepts: value-added tax (generally called VAT, IVA, TVA, MWST or GST in different countries) and sales tax. Value-added tax is used in most countries in the world, and sales tax is used in the US. Depending on which countries, a number of different tax scenarios can occur.  Learn more about tax settings

Included tax vs. excluded tax using target country currency

If you sell to a country with tax inclusion policies different than those in the country you sell from, consumer expectations may be different from what you’re used to. In this case, you’ll need to adjust your tax practices. Since you're using the currency of the target country, you need to follow the price and tax requirements of the target country.
Example
In Germany, tax is included in product prices. In Canada, tax is not included. A merchant based in Germany that exports to Canada in the target country currency must not include any tax in their product prices. In Canada, merchants must also not submit any tax in the tax attribute. In case 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 are 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 attribute should be used in place of the 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 is not included in the price.

Different levels of included tax

If you sell from one country that includes tax in prices into another country, it is likely that the VAT rates are different. You must include tax in your product prices. In case you use the target country currency, 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 only product attribute that can contain import or export charges is the shipping attribute. Never submit import and export charges as part of the tax or price attributes.
    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 does not need to get submitted to Google Shopping.

3. Follow Shopping ads requirements for your new target country

  • Make sure your landing pages are up to date. Dynamically switching the content, such as language or currency, on your landing pages based on user location is against Google Shopping requirements. Learn more about landing page requirements 
  • Follow policy requirements for your new country. Check on the requirements for your new target country. To avoid disapprovals, make sure your product data complies with policies. Learn more about Shopping ads policy

4. Create a Shopping campaign for your new target country feed 

  • Create a Shopping campaign as you normally would, using a new campaign name and your new country of sale. You’ll also need to setup your maximum cost-per-click and daily budget, which do not need to match those of your original feed.

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