The international diffusion of Electronic Commerce raises new questions on international
trade regulations and this article presents the more important ones. We show in the part 1 that
the importance of the international Electronic Commerce is currently relatively low but its
growth potential is significant. Moreover, the existence of so called “digital goods» obliges to
redefine the traditional nomenclatures and in particular the difference between goods and
services which is the basis of international trade negotiations in the context of liberalization.
In the part 2, we analyse the consequences of the trend leading to exempt Electronic
Commerce from custom duties and the creation of the « duty free Cyberspace ». In the part 3,
we show that the development of Electronic Commerce has potentially major consequences
on direct and indirect taxation rules.
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