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Can I Dropship From My Country?

By Olga L.

Can I Dropship From My Country?

Lots of our clients have the same question: they ask us if they can dropship from their home country. We have the same answer for all of them.

Yes, you can do it!

We’d like to make it clear once and for all: you can dropship from ANY destination on the globe.

It doesn’t matter whether you live in Belgrade or in Kuala Lumpur or in Manila or anywhere else.

Does it make any difference if you are located in India or the United States in case you’re doing all your business activities through a website? Basically, all you need to run a dropshipping store is a stable Internet connection.

Can you go online effortlessly?

If yes, then there’s nothing that can actually stop you from becoming a dropshipper.

Let’s go over the whole process again so you could see it more clearly!

Dropshipping business explained

So, let’s suppose you’ve picked your perfect dropshipping niche.

Next, to start your business, you need to get a website. You can either create it yourself or get a ready-made one – it’s up to you!

In any case, your own location makes absolutely no difference. Internet is global, so all the online works can be done from any place worldwide.

As soon as the website is ready, you need to fill it with items. These are not your own products; they don’t belong to you, you don’t manufacture them, and you don’t store them in a warehouse. You don’t even see these items – you just post pictures and descriptions of them on your website.

Easy, right? You don’t deal with storage facilities or manage manufacturing processes. You just find a reputable online seller with quality items, and add these product pages to your own website. Obviously, you need to make the product pages look perfect, but as it is all done online, your physical location doesn’t matter.

So, your website is fully operational, and one day you see that someone has just placed an order.

Your further actions are really simple: you contact the owner of the store where you’ve taken this particular product description, pay them the item price, and ask them to deliver the item to the address of your own customer.

You see?

Your physical actions are not required. You simply write an electronic message to the actual seller to place your own order, and you don’t have to do anything else. All the product issues and delivery tasks are the seller’s responsibility. You only need to write a couple of messages, and this can be done from any point on the globe that has Internet connection.

Still unsure you can dropship from your own country?

Are there any shipping limitations meaning that you can’t dropship from specific countries?

You’re not asking the original seller to ship the item to YOUR country.

You’re asking the original seller to ship the item to the country of your buyer.

See the difference?

Your place of residence doesn’t matter at all. Yes, you need to check the delivery terms of the seller you’re working with, but you only do this for the convenience of your clients. Your place of living has nothing to do with it.

As a dropshipper, you are free to partner with any sellers at your choice.

Most likely, you’ll be teaming up with AliExpress or Sellvia. It’s all because you won’t need to make any formal agreements with these platforms, and you definitely won’t have to sign any contracts with the sellers. You won’t have any paperwork, and you’ll see the sellers are really friendly and open to communication with dropshippers.

For example, this is quite a typical notification you can see on AliExpress:

An example of an AliExpress seller description confirming the opportunity of dropshipping

The Sellvia offering, in turn, is specifically created for dropshipping business owners! It’s optimized for their convenience and covers plenty of dropshipping tasks from enabling 1-3-day US shipping to providing profitable marketing campaign materials. Naturally, its team does its best to adapt to specific dropshipping needs of the community.

Of course, the sellers don’t really care where exactly do you live. As long as you order items from them and make your payments as agreed, they are more than happy to communicate with you.

And speaking about money, let’s also answer a highly popular question in the next paragraph!

Are there any payment limitations?

Whether you’re dropshipping with AliExpress or Sellvia, you can select the payment method that is the most convenient for you.

The platforms offer a number of secure ways to check out, so whatever country you live in, you are most likely to find at least one way to make a safe payment.

And of course, it’s important to make sure that you can accept payments from your customers (otherwise, the whole business has no point, right?)

This is why we typically recommend to integrate multiple payment options into your website: you need to be able to accept both credit card payments and PayPal payments.

The reason is, you’re targeting customers from very different parts of the world, and they may have various preferences and limitations in terms of online payment methods. For example, PayPal doesn’t accept payments originating from several countries. So, if you provide your potential customers with an additional way of making a payment (for example, with a credit card), you have it all sorted out.

As you can see, you’re unstoppable.

Quite a nice reason to start your own dropshipping journey, right? So, what’s stopping you? Now’s your chance to reach your dreams! 

By Olga L.
Olga is a Copywriting Director at AliDropship. Having graduated from the Faculty of International Business’ as an Advertising specialist, she puts years of her copywriting experience into making clear and informative guides, tutorials, and other educational materials for dropshipping newcomers worldwide.
Amit 7 years ago

How to integrate credit card as payment option. We would need to have business account and need to register ourselves as a company in India?

Lian 7 years ago

Not required but you may need to associate with payment gateways like payu n the likes which may charge you a fee.

Amit 7 years ago

But how will money come to my bank account register in India from the credit card used on my website? Payu will definately ask to submit company registration and current(business) bank account

Patrick 4 years ago

Try Stripe or paypal for example.

Shamil 7 years ago

I run into trouble when trying register in a payment gateway. The 2 checkout requires the address of your business which I clearly don’t have. Stripe doesn’t work in Russia. So how to address such problems?

yaros 7 years ago

We solved this problem by registering LLC in US /register-dropshipping-business-us-get-credit-card-payments-stripe/

Wilson 6 years ago

I have face the same problem, payment gateways don’t support making merchant account in Tanzania, Like PayPal and Stripe

Alex 5 years ago

That’s all over the world. They don’t allow you to dropship to developed countries because of consumers’ right. And they make it impossible to accept payments anywhere else. So, the only possibility is to dropship from US an the like to third world. There’s an universal answer: incorporate in US (some EU countries) and sell to your own country. A huge drawback of the approach is that you won’t be able to be as close to your buyer as a local, to price your goods in a currency of your buyers, thus… compete with Amazon. So, you have to be very creative, to work hard in order to establish your place under the Sun. Dropshipping isn’t plug-n-play-n-forget business.

Rajveer 7 years ago


Because the money we are earning comes to us in local currency we are required to pay taxes like income tax at least. I am not sure of other taxes like GST on product sales etc which this article needs to mention.

Secondly if I want to sell products from Aliexpress to Indian customers, I will need to charge GST at least and may be customs duty for importing products, please cover those points too from a perspective of an Indian Seller at least.

Epacket is not available in India god knows why. Please mention how will a customer of mine in India will wait for 60+ days and that too without any tracking mechanism and no guarantee that it will come either.

These are some points that needs to be addressed for sellers like me who want to sell via dropshipping model.

yaros 7 years ago

I recommend targeting the whole world, or focus mostly on US, Europe, Latin America, not India.

Cristina 6 years ago

I have two questions/concerns.

1. If I install your drop-shipping software will I be able to sell in my store products from outside of AliExpress?
2. My biggest concern, really, is the delivery time. I am from Romania, and all deliveries with acceptable transport fee are far away from 7 days. Any hint?

Thank you!

Yaroslav Nevsky 6 years ago


1. Yes of course, you can add any products to your store.

2. The great advantage of this business model is that you can target all world, no point to focus on Romania only. And our experience shows that when you offer a free shipping option, customers are ready to wait.

Marius 6 years ago

I’m also from Romania and I have the same concern about shipping time. When i ordered products for myself from China, i had to wait 30 days sometimes, so not sure how pacient will be the customers. Or can we choose suppliers that have warehouses in Europe so we shorten the shipping time?

Hanna 7 years ago

How can I promote the dropshipping business so it can go internationally

yaros 7 years ago

Target audience internationally and promote in different countries.

Mark 7 years ago

Hi. I’m Mark. Im from Philippines. When doing online dropshipping, do I need to register for business permits here?for legalities and security. Thank you

toti 6 years ago

hi mark im also from the ph. I also have the same problem right now. Just wanted to know if you found an answer to that THANKS 🙂

Ayoub Zarzouri 7 years ago

Thanks for this article was very helpful my question here that I am in Turkey Paypal is not allowed here
and most European are using it for payment how to solve this problem so far ?

yaros 7 years ago

Hi, you can use credit card payment option on your store or if you have relatives or friends in other countries (where PayPal is supported) you can ask to share an account.

Anh 7 years ago

Hi, I live in Asia, and I would like to use Aliexpress to dropship from China to US customers. Do I have to set up an LLC to do that and what taxes I have to pay for the US authorities? Thanks

Yaroslav Nevsky 7 years ago


You can establish a company in your country and pay taxes in your country. If you are going to establish LLC in US, take a look at this article about US taxes: /taxes-in-drop-shipping-business/


I want to know that, I am in India, which legal things are required for this business? Do I need to register my webstore in India? My Existing company is in to trading and services can I use that company’s Tax Numbers/registrations?

Yaroslav Nevsky 7 years ago

You need to get to know about regulations in your country, but I don’t think you need any special registration of your site in India and I think you can use that company’s Tax Numbers/registrations.

Md. Yousuf Ali 7 years ago

Im from Bangladesh, i would like to start drop-shipping e-commerce store. but my question is ? at our country use currency like Tk. (taka) and we are use several payment method like as our country regularly use. There have no option like paypal. Dollar is difficult to use then how can i setup price

Alex 5 years ago

That’s a common problem in many countries. And the problem is not relevant to dropshipping only, but to e-commerce in your country as a whole. So, you won’t solve a country-level problem with a business model, an approach of your enterprise. Unless you address the problem and establish a payment gateway for local currency. But then it’s not dropshipping again.

Joselo 6 years ago

We are running into shipping issues, we can not config our shipping process. IN the checkout process we are able to select one the shipping option but not other and total price not change.
Also, in the shipping destination, we are able to select the shipping country, but not the state and city of that country, by default we are getting states from the United States. any recommendation in a plugin or how to config the shipping process, please.


Yaroslav Nevsky 6 years ago

It is strongly recommended using free shipping and epacket shipping option for US when you deal with AliExpress dropshipping business model.

Joselo 6 years ago

We are planning to do that, but again the configuration is not working on the checkout and shipping destination, we are using WordPress/Woocommerce. Do we need to using any International Shipping Plugin? or any in particular?


Partha Sir 6 years ago

How can I sell products to my Indian customers with USA UK customers

Collins 6 years ago

Please my question is,if I set up my website and publish my products,will my buyers see my products on aliexpress or any platform am using? Or they will see it on only on my website?

Yaroslav Nevsky 6 years ago

Your site will not have any links to AliExpress or other sources, so your customers will see the products only on your store.

Jong 6 years ago

I am interested…. is there a cash out for starters?

Aira 6 years ago

How do we integrate credit card payment options? I’m not sure about this. Do i need to have my own credit card? or will the payment will sent directly to my bank account?

Yaroslav Nevsky 6 years ago

You need to connect a payment processing service like Stripe. To do this you need to register with it, get approves and then set your credentials in the plugin.

Sascha Schmidt 6 years ago

I am looking into the whole business model but really got stuck on the VAT/GST and import tax issue. Selling to Europe means to deal with various different VAT rates – each country has its own VAT rate. The same goes for the US and unless you´re not based in one of these major target markets the whole topic of import taxes is pretty much not defined. I got about 5 different quotes from Tax advisors for different countries in the world and most of the registration fees go up to 5,000 EUR in total per year and per country (including monthly revenue reports and anything that’s needed to properly tax every country that´s on the shipping list). So opening as a worldwide shipping retailer also means to register for taxes in Brasil, Singapore, South Africa, The EU (each country or as bulk importer in one), The USA (each state or open a company in one state in order to go with the Nexus exemption) etc etc. Are there any guides and articles that deal with this tax topic? Just pushing the VAT to the end customer doesn´t work out well as 50% of the people will not accept that extra payment after a 3 week waiting period for an eParcel from China. – At least this is my experience from other e-shops I was involved in. Thanks a lot in advance for your answer!!

Muazzamz_dattawa 6 years ago

Hello and a very big thumbs up to you Guys Olga, Yaroslav and rest of the team you Guys are really doing a wonderful job out there. I have become fully convinced only one step ahead to join the Ali drop shipping as my side hustle business but my one only issue right now is on how to receive payment in my mother country Nigeria, PayPal isn’t working so also the stripe as u suggested, so now u tell me how are we going to do about that..?

Vlad 6 years ago

Same here in Greece. If i want to accept credit cards as a way of payment i need to have a POS machine, and that requires to start and register my business. Starting a greek llc is too expensive due to the high taxes.
What about US LLC someone refered previously?

daniel 6 years ago

i don’t know why my password not working, i try putting it

Charles Manasseh 6 years ago

Once my website is established and products are uploaded, how do I attract traffic to my site? Very interested in being successful in my online e-commerce site.

Catherine 6 years ago

Can I do this dropshipping business in Nigeria?

Ayodele 5 years ago

Yes, I can help you set it up

Samuel 5 years ago

could you please help set up drop shipping business

Joseph 5 years ago

Hello Ayodele!
I need help in setting -up dropshipping business

Hani 4 years ago

Hi Ayodele,

I have a few questions related to the dropshipping business setup. I’d appreciate it if you contact me at your convenience.

Jesse Joe 5 years ago

A big YES. You actually stand a chance to making big money since all major suppliers ships to Nigeria in that concern.

Foivos 6 years ago

Guys let’s be serious.. I will present my debit card with revenue. The state of Greece for example will ask me how did I get this income. So I will have to present them with a legal source of activity. The activity is shown through invoices. So let say that I sell an item to a customer in greece, the item originated from China. The invoice should be as follows: item: 100euros, quantity: 1, 24% VAT: 24 euros, Customs:?, Tariff:?, Other expenses:?

Now let’s say that we can show the state of Greece this invoice. The state of Greece will ask me. Who is you client?
By an accounting point of view my client is not only the customer but my supplier as well. Why? Because I print a document (invoice) FOR my supplier, and this automatically makes my supplier a Client.
The problem: how can I represent this INVOICE into a JOURNAL ENTRY: No one knows here in Greece. I have to have 1 accountant to translate all these invoices from each and every day into specific journal entries in order to avoid tax evasion or fraud here in Greece.

An other workaround is to make a super integrated erp system that takes customer’s location, my suppliers location and it creates super journal entries for each transaction.

Do you have a solution on this matter?

I would be more than happy to hear

Alex 5 years ago

Foivos, we try to sort out such issues for years. Not in Greece, but the location is not important. There’s only possibility to name your activities an agency. In a case of transborder dropshipping you have no other chance to do it legally at a large scale. Well, do it legally and with a profit. Should you act as a seller, all your proceeds would be assumed your profit, taxable, of course. It’s not a straight forward business.

Marko 5 years ago

I have the same issue and I’m from Slovenia. So through all the research I came to conclustion there is no way to do it leggaly.. It would be leggaly if I translate every invoice I sent to my supplier in my language so I can leggaly represent journal entry but the big problem is how will I get all the invoices witch are sent from my supplier to the client that ordered goods, and even if I could get all those invoices I would have to translate them into my language aswell for journal entry, even tough the supplier could be from hmm.. maybe China in witch case I wouldn’t be able to translate in my language.. In witch case I would need a translator to translate invoice… So the conclusion is there are too many black holes to dropship international from country like ours..?? I hope I’m wrong…

Yaroslav Nevsky 5 years ago

Your supplier does not send any invoices to your clients, because it is you who place orders on AliExpress and pay suppliers for goods. All invoices between you and your clients you can take from your payment gateway account (in any language).

If you need invoices from your suppliers showing your expenses on goods you can use this auto invoice generating tool that is available for free with AliDropship plugin:

Rad 5 years ago

As a dropshipper, if jm dropshipping products that considered prohibited in my own country will that be legal for me to dropship it to other country where there is no probibition of that item as long i dont dropship it ti buyer from my own country?

Ekenedirichukwu 5 years ago

How can i start my own dropship.?

Kashyap 5 years ago

I wanted to.understand, does this business model work to dropship in india? I want to sell in india

Yaroslav Nevsky 5 years ago

It works for ANY country.

Norris 5 years ago

How can I open PayPal company account while working from Nigeria?

Okorie George 5 years ago

You donot need paypal go with flutterwave i have been using them but u just have to wait 14 days to cashout

Mary Belle Alcid 5 years ago

Hi. I want to order a custom store but I don’t have a credit card. Can I pay thru PayPal? Thanks.

Yaroslav Nevsky 5 years ago

Yes we c an use PayPal, just contact

Jesse Joe 5 years ago

So I just started my Dropship business and it seems all my product suppliers don’t ship to my country (Ghana).
Is there a chance for me in the Dropship business ?

Olga L. 5 years ago

Yes, of course!
You can target any other country on the globe. It doesn’t matter where you live: focus your business on Europe or the USA, and you’ll have much better business opportunities. Please, read this article to learn how to dropship to a foreign country: /international-dropshipping-guide/

Ebere 5 years ago

Hello, I just created my website and on a look out for reliable dropshipping agents I can work with. Thank you.

Bruce 5 years ago

The only problem is if you are in Australia an pay for your dropship order on AliExpress 10% GST is charge on the sale.

This is despite the fact the product is dropshipped from China direct to the USA. This is a bug with your system and need to be fixed the person paying for the item is not the means for AliExpress to calculate tax it should be the end destination.

Major problem here!

Thevy 5 years ago

I have questions about taxes? In my case, I have to register my business legally from the beginning so I can receive online payment. I am thinking of getting an LLC in Wyoming, United-State but operate my business from Cambodia. Let’s say all is set up and I am making sales, which country do I pay taxes to? Both? or juste the United-States? And what taxes exactly do I pay? I guess I would need to hire an accountant in the US? How do I figure out my taxes?

Olga L. 5 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question!

Please, read this article: /register-dropshipping-business-us-get-credit-card-payments-stripe/
It explains how to register your business in the US regardless of your country of living, and also covers the taxes issue.

Κωνσταντίνος Φαρμακιδης 5 years ago

could you please expalin me in my email the procedure of costing the delivery of each product in every country? is it done automatically through your alliexress dropshipping website ?

Patrick 4 years ago

For all who’d like to sell to EU countries make sure your page is gdpr compliant! there are many rules to check!

Onome Omoyibo 4 years ago

The issue I have with receiving payment online is paypal is not available in my country for receiving payment. And I would love to sell to buyers from different part of the world and buyers from countries that can use PayPal prefer paying with paypal. What do I do then?

Olga L. 4 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question!

You don’t necessarily need to choose PayPal: AliDropship solutions support many more trusted and globally known payment gateways. Please, take a look at them here:

Daniel 4 years ago

Hi, im from germany. If you get into dropshipping here you will face hard problems. A few weeks back a law was released that you need to provide a bill no matter what. Customers can get you to court if you dont. Also, no matter if u manufactured the product or come into touch with it – if you registered a company that advertises products on the website, you are basically handled as if you are the manufacturer. If something happens you are liable to being charged. That is super ugly and can get you into BIG trouble. You see? Its not as easy as the article makes it up to be.
Id really love some insights as to where and how to register a company where all these problems doesnt exist. Other than that my dream of becoming a dropshipper is crushed. I keep looking around but i cant find a suitable option for me… id really love for someone with experience to get me through the steps. I know how to advertise perfectly. Im quite sure i can get a relatively big business going but not as a registered company in germany. They make it so risky that if something happens you are left with a big dept and you are not getting happy for the rest of your life.. i dont plan to take such a risk and will rather let go of the idea if i cant find a suitable way to get a business going without all these problems.
Thanks for reading and cheers.

Noe moreno 4 years ago

Podría haser el pago de 299 en dos partes

Saad 4 years ago

PayPal and strip do not work in my country(pakistan). How will I be able do transactions. Please guide

Olga L. 4 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question!
You can use 2Checkout.

Saad Naseem 4 years ago

Does woo commerce support 2checkout? If yes then what are the implications for getting approval for 2checkout?

Olga L. 4 years ago

WooCommerce is compatible with the following payment gateways:

Abu Hasnath Rumman 4 years ago

What if I’m an Asian but want to built a website for Europe or America zone at that point may I have to do any paper work under regional e-commerce business?
I’m very much

Olga L. 4 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question!

At the beginning of their dropshipping journeys, many entrepreneurs simply don’t register their businesses at all until they start bringing considerable profits.
When you decide to register your business, you can do it in a country that is not your place of residence: that’s what our client Mousslim did, for example – /ecommerce-drop-shipping-success-story/

Гаяне 4 years ago

Добрый день! Меня зовут, Гаяне! Я из России. Если я закажу у вас изготовление сайта, я не понимаю как буду продвигать сайт по рекламе? И еще какая платежная система должна быть с Россией ?

Olga L. 4 years ago

Здравствуйте, благодарим вас за вопрос!
Есть 2 варианта:
1) Вы можете купить Premium Store (точную копию любого из этих высокодоходных магазинов – /premium-dropshipping-stores/) и при оформлении заказа добавить к покупке Marketing Package (набор уже протестированных и готовых к использованию рекламных материалов вместе с инструкциями по настройке кампаний, рекомендациями по выбору аудитории и т.д.)
2) Вы можете выбрать любой другой тип магазина (подробнее здесь: /stores-comparison/) и заказать любые нужные вам маркетинговые сервисы для него здесь: /services/#marketing
Если вам нужна более подробная консультация, просто кликните на кнопку Get Free Advice на этой странице: /stores-comparison/

Milena 1 year ago

Just make sure, because I am studying all information to start my dropshipping… I will just “buy” the product with my wholesale after my client make a order in my online store?! I was think I have to buy some online products and show in my store.
Thank you

Artyom K. 1 year ago

Hi, thank you for your interest!
If you do dropshipping, you don’t actually deal with products directly — your reliable supplier will do all the job for you after you forward him the orders.

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