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Expanding Your Company to Latin America

27/03/2015

Economy changes really fast nowadays, and, surprisingly, terms like “globalization” start to seem old-fashioned. This is not because global expansion and bonds between countries across the world are no longer important. In fact, they are probably more important than ever. The truth is that now we assume that if a company has the possibility to make business abroad, it will expand. Many companies have already realized that their growth can’t only rely on the domestic market.

For U.S. companies, the Latin America region is the first destination to face. Economic relationships across the continent have been encouraged by the Government in the recent years. Other competitors have introduced themselves in the Latam market too, like China, but the U.S. still maintains a big lead, with up to $850 billion in combined imports and exports in 2013. Thanks to technology, the economic expansion to Latin America is no longer only affordable for large companies. With the fastest growing internet population in the world, Latin American is also attracting many start-ups and smaller companies.

But why is this region son attractive? Latin America has ambitious infrastructure expansion plans for the years ahead, and, therefore, has become a fertile source of business opportunities for the more technologically advanced U.S. companies. This region is rich in resources, has a young population and a political landscape that is becoming more democratically stable.

When it comes to considering your company’s expansion to Latam, you must be aware that the division line is not only set on the south of the US. The Latin American region countries share some common characteristics, but are mostly different. Some countries like Chile or Argentina are more economically developed, while others like Nicaragua or Paraguay have still plenty of challenges to face.

But one thing that most of these countries do have in common is the expansion of the mandatory electronic invoicing compliance. Latin American stands ahead in the roll-out of e-invoicing regulation, with roughly 25 billion e-invoices issued in 2014, half of the digital invoices exchanged worldwide. Contrary to what happens in the U.S., companies in Latin American must issue electronic invoices, which must respect the pre-established format and several other requirements that can vary in each country.

To make companies’ path to success milder, EDICOM has developed a Latam e-invoicing solution, which is ready to issue electronic invoices that respect the different compulsory models set in countries such as Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina or Peru. Electronic invoicing is just one of the challenges that companies must face when expanding to Latin America. Are you ready to face the rest?

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