The Cross-border E-commerce Shopper Survey aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global trends and drivers shaping cross-border e-commerce from the perspective of online consumers. The aim is to inform postal operators of changing customer needs so that they can take informed decisions in regard to their international product portfolio and delivery service specifications.

How does it work?

The Cross-border E-commerce Shopper Survey is conducted with an online sample of around 36,000 global consumers with approximately 1,000 in each country (depending on population). The target group is frequent cross-border online shoppers, who have made a cross-border online purchase in the last year. The target group is determined by quotas based on the age and gender profiles of the online population per country. 

The 2019 Cross-border E-commerce Shopper Survey took place in 41 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

Watch our videos

We created a few videos highlighting the results of some of the key topics covered in the report, including the frequency of online shopping, which countries consumers had bought from in the past year, device preferences when shopping cross-border, payment option preferences when shopping cross-border and the importance of tracking events for cross-border delivery.


The study covers the following:

  • Frequency of online shopping by country
  • Which countries consumers had bought from in the past year
  • Device preferences when shopping cross-border
  • Payment option preferences when shopping cross-border
  • Importance of delivery elements
  • Delivery speed expectations
  • Delivery locations used in the past year
  • Preferred delivery location
  • Preferred returns delivery location
  • Delivery status preference
  • Country of most recent purchase
  • Category of goods bought cross-border
  • Website bought from when shopping cross-border
  • Product weight of goods bought cross-border
  • Whether the goods would fit into a mailbox / letterbox
  • Product value of goods bought cross-border
  • Delivery cost
  • Consumer experience of tracking
  • Consumer experience of altering the delivery destination after dispatch
  • Consumer experience of delivery transit times
  • Who delivered the parcel
  • Delivery location
  • Signature on delivery
  • Customs duties
  • Returns
  • Satisfaction with delivery experience
  • What actions do consumers take on receipt of direct mail from e-retailers
  • Sustainable delivery preferences


  • A public version with the key findings from the 2018 survey is available
  • A country-specific report containing graphs and analysis for all questions in the survey, along with comparisons to all the other participating countries
  • A report comparing each country’s results to the average along with an analysis at country level
  • Major economies of scale through centralised research commissioned, managed, analysed and reported by IPC based on common methodology and questionnaire translated into local language by the participating postal operator.

Members can access the country reports as well as the overall report below

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