You need a hire an attorney to analyze something as complex as this if you expect to get any answers worth putting your money up. You could lose a lot of money being wrong about something like this. And you are correct, you would need to structure it properly so you are not subject to taxation for the fulfillment and shipping operation. At some point, you have enough of a business presence even if you aren't selling here.
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You need to consult with a business attorney, preferably one who handles international matters. This forum cannto provide you with such detailed advice.
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I work with international clients willing to open branch offices in the US dealing with global operations. Feel free to contact my office. Best.
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As you have been warned, this is very serious law you are questioning. You must get representation or it's like playing with fire. You will likely get burned. I have worked with some excellent attorneys in this area of the law who are located right here in Miami.
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