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7 Facts About Dropshipping In Nigeria

By Olga L.

7 Facts About Dropshipping In Nigeria

This article is dedicated to our clients who want to start dropshipping in Nigeria! Typically, they have the same questions about this business, so I’ll try to cover all of them here.

Lots of AliDropship clients are the residents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In this country, there are some regional factors that may influence the operation of a dropshipping store. Don’t worry, though – here’s everything you need to know about dropshipping in Nigeria!

#1 Dropshipping in Nigeria is a profitable business

To illustrate my point, I will use the example of one of our clients, Olusola David – you can read his full interview here.

Long story short, this guy participates in several affiliate programs, and runs his own dropshipping store. In total, these activities bring him more than $9,000 every month!

And no, his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science wasn’t the secret ingredient that destined his success. Actually, he admits that he had a zero experience when he started his ventures!

In his own dropshipping review, Olusola David, as the resident of Nigeria, explains the local legal aspects of this business.

More specifically, he says:

  • If you do dropshipping with AliExpress in Nigeria, you don’t need to pay any taxes as a business owner.
  • If you target the local market, you don’t need to pay a tax duty when the packages arrive to Nigeria.
  • It’s not strictly necessary to register your business officially. At the beginning of your business journey, you can work perfectly without any legal record. As your business grows and brings you more money, you might want to register it, but it’s up to you to decide.

So, as you can see, if you live in Nigeria and import dropshipping products there, you don’t need to worry about taxes and legal papers. That’s a nice thing to know!

#3 There are at least 4 ways to start dropshipping in Nigeria

In order to start dropshipping, you need to get a specific website.

It should look like an online store filled with the images and descriptions of actually existing items (AliExpress is the perfect product database). Naturally, it should be a fully functional online store with all the necessary elements: proper product pages, shopping cart, payment system, etc.

If you want to get such a website, we can offer you 2 options:

These instructions apply not only to people in Nigeria, but to all the other entrepreneurs across the globe. It doesn’t matter where you live – you can run this business from any country in the world!

#4 AliExpress sellers can ship their items to Nigeria

As you probably know, AliExpress is not a ‘store’ itself. It is a platform where sellers demonstrate their products.

All these suppliers have their own specific terms of sale and shipment – but, most typically, they can deliver their products to Nigeria. You can easily check it yourself!

To do that, go on AliExpress and see whether it is displaying your country correctly.

If it doesn’t, change the country manually. In the top right corner of the page, click on the ‘Ship to’ field, and choose Nigeria in the dropdown window.


Now, you will be able to view more relevant information about purchasing and delivering items to Nigeria – I will explain it below!

#5 Various shipping companies can deliver AliExpress items to Nigeria

Let’s suppose you’ve picked Nigeria as your destination country, and your regional settings are correct. Now, you want to know how quick the delivery will be.

Again, it all depends on the particular seller. So, to estimate the delivery time, simply go on the product page of an item you liked.


Here, in the ‘Shipping’ line, you see the suggested shipping method (China Post Registered Air Mail), its estimated delivery time (23-42 days), and the shipping fee ($2.37).

Quite often, AliExpress sellers support more than 1 postal service. To check them, click on the tiny arrow in the end of the ‘Shipping’ line, and choose the method that you like more. Here is a guide on AliExpress shipment methods if you need it!


#6 You are not limited with a Nigerian market

If you live in Nigeria, does it mean that you can only sell dropshipping products within your home country?

Absolutely not!

You can work with any target audience in any point on the globe.

Nothing can stop you from selling dropshipping products to people in Brazil, or in Poland, or in Spain, or anywhere else.

Dropshipping has no geographic boundaries! As long as you know your target audience (what is the language they speak, which of their issues you can solve with your products, how much money they are ready to spend on these items, etc.), you can freely target your marketing efforts at any customer segment.

#7 Dozens of payment providers can support your dropshipping business in Nigeria

The financial aspect is the most important question for a dropshipping store owner, right?

In the global eCommerce practice, online payments are typically done through PayPal. And, if your store is based on AliDropship solutions (go back to #3), you can easily accept online payments and turn them into cash!

AliDropship supports not only PayPal, but a lot of other reliable and secure payment gateways. So, you can easily integrate the most suitable ones into your dropshipping store.

If your store is based on the original AliDropship plugin, you can choose any payment provider from this list. If you’re working with WooCommerce and your store is built on AliDropship Woo Plugin, you can choose any of these payment options.

As you can see, there are lots of alternative providers that you can choose from. All of them are safe, trustworthy, and functional, so you can go with any option that is convenient for you and your customers.

Now, you see that there is nothing difficult about managing dropshipping in Nigeria. There are some regional aspects, of course, but you can successfully deal with them thanks to our smart solutions. I hope that you are now inspired to follow the lead of a successful Nigerian entrepreneur who makes over $9,000 every month!

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.
Oghosa 6 years ago

There are very limited options for payment gateway for Nigerian Dropshippers. We have just DusuPay and now Flutterwave. There are other big and reliable payment processors in Nigeria that Alidropship should partner with to provide more payment gateway options, there is PayStack and InterSwitch.

Omolayo Ebenezer 5 years ago

Please try to call me on WhatsApp number 09033667376

Zulu 5 years ago

hello, can u pls help on how to successfully setup rave on my store??

James 5 years ago

Paystack or Interswitch would make dropshipping easier in Nigeria

Alex 5 years ago

If you are worried about payment systems, then try 2checkout, they support multiple cards. Though they are very strict, but once your account is approved you can receive payment from anywhere in the world.

Alex 5 years ago

Sir, please I might need your assistance in getting 2checkout approved.. hope to get a response..

Prosperity 5 years ago

Please does the 2checkout gate work in Nigeria. Am currently setting up a store with alidroship plugin, and I have concern about payment gateway. Please I’ll need your help

Denis 5 years ago

Nigeria is a big market in Africa

Emmanuel 5 years ago

Nigerian Business PayPal can be incorporated and used to collect funds. You only need to verify it.

Basiita Richard Bolton 5 years ago

Dear Olga. I am fascinated to order a custom store with Alidrop but am not comfortable with how to rcoup my payments. Currently, I work from Dubai but with bank details in my home country Uganda. Again am not sure whether PayPal is supported in both countries. Please, advise me accordingly before I can order my custom store. Thanks again!

Olga L. 5 years ago

Thank you for your question!

You don’t necessarily have to choose PayPal: there are lots of of alternative payment gateways that you can successfully use in your store.

Here is the list of the payment gateways that you can use together with AliDropship original plugin:

Here is the list of the payment gateways that you can use together with AliDropship Woo plugin:

Check which of these payment providers work both in Nigeria and in the UAE, and pick them for your store.

Best of luck!

Mildred 4 years ago

I do mini importation and I use two reliable shipping companies to make payment and ship to Nigeria within 7 to 10 days.

I’m interested in drop shipping but the delivery time is too long if you can allow other Nigerian shipping and logistics companies based in China to do the delivery for the drop shipping it will be nice.

I have been using Base one logistics and NBC Skye Logistics for my mini importation business. They are based in Lagos and deliver within 7 to 10 days.

Thanks for your kind consideration.

paul 5 years ago

major problem with drop shipping in nigeria is the delivery time , takes too long

Victor 5 years ago

This is our time. Thanks for this article

kene 5 years ago

Nice article, Olga. However, i think you should partner with Paystack as well like the Oghosa suggested.. They are much bigger and better than the aforementioned.

Thank you.

Amaka 5 years ago

I am interested in drop-shipping to Nigeria. Though , I am not based in Nigeria but if you can help with efficient payment platform and enhanced delivery time. I am in and ready to start with you immediately.

Ike 5 years ago

I have personally contacted Paystack to as a matter of urgency get in touch with Alidropship them to be listed which they promised to do. Paystack is one of the best payment gateways in Nigeria and Africa currently and I think they should be supported by Alidropship to ease payment for Nigerian Dropshippers as it is one of our major challenges currently. I have been in the business for sometime now and I can tell you it is a good home business Nigerians should do and make money. I will be starting a blog later in the year to teach Nigerians how to make money from mini importation and dropshipping businesses, it will be free for anyone and every info I will share will be on my personal experiences

NOMSO 5 years ago


Bamlak 5 years ago

Ike, well done brother, how can you be of help to me, am interested in Dropshipping but don’t know what to do, please help me out of poverty, zero level to. Hero, thanks. 5 years ago

The major problem is in shipping to Nigeria

Stephen Okonkwo 5 years ago

Dear Olga. Is there any shipper who can shorten delivery time to a maximum of 8/10 days? This will really help.

Samuel Edet 5 years ago

The two major problems of dropshipping in Nigeria are highlighted. Payment gateway and shipping time. For shipping time, what I can say categorically as one only way we can get rid of that part is to get a niche that would keep people yearning for, regardless of time of wait. These may be products that carries prices that are off the hook, cheap and not found anywhere around. Niche combing is very taskful but once you get it, you soar.

As for payment gateway, flutterwave seem to be of help but their charges are on the high. Paystack would work if integrated. All you need is get your company registered! Otherwise, no one makes payments to your account!

So what’s there to work on is get a CAC registered business details and you are good to go unlimited.

Olatunji 5 years ago

Dear team,
I am about to start my drop shipping business with alidropship plug in, I want you to tell me exactly plug I should go for that will support online payment in Nigeria.
Also the best payment gateway to integrate if I want to sell to the rest of the world.
Some guys are advertising how to configure PayPal to work in Nigeria, I want to know if is legal or there will be long term consequence for using the so called PayPal configured since paypay doesn’t support it here in Nigeria.

Olga L. 5 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question!

If you install AliDropship plugin on your dropshipping store, you don’t need to install other plugins to support online payments.
For Nigeria, one of the best payment gateways is Rave:
Lots of our clients have a positive experience of working with it, you can see their opinions here:
Rave is compatible with AliDropship original plugin (please, don’t choose AliDropship Woo – it won’t work together with Rave).
Rave works in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and United States, so you can target these countries freely.

Best of luck with your upcoming business!

Atinuke 5 years ago

Thank you very much for the kindness you are about to show Nigerian, but please, I would really like to reach you, if you don’t mind, my email is Thank you, I anticipate your reply.

David 5 years ago

Pls I would like to know how to pay the Ali Express supplier from your paypal when drop shipping to the us from Nigeria.

Olga L. 5 years ago

Hi, thank you for the question!

We recommend to use Rave instead of PayPal. It’s one of the best payment gateways for Nigerian entrepreneurs:
Lots of our clients have a positive experience of working with it, you can see their opinions here:
Rave is compatible with AliDropship original plugin (please, don’t choose AliDropship Woo – it won’t work together with Rave).
Rave works in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and United States, so you can target these countries freely.

Best of luck with your upcoming business!

Nairapoint 5 years ago

Thank you for the insightful and educative post. The way you explained things here I think this business model will be very good for me.

Solomon 5 years ago

Olga, thanks for the educative write up and enlightenment for fresh business owners online in Nigeria. I wish to have my online custom store with you now and I am a novice when it comes to niche, payment gateway, campaign and other terms.. PLEASE HOW MUCH AND HOW AM I PAYING FOR THE CUSTOM STORE AND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME TO DO AND WHEN DO I START MAKING RETURNS… ?Because I felt I have been missing something all this while. Thanks for your professional response.

Leonard 5 years ago

PayPal is still fine for accepting payments in Nigeria. All one need is following this step by step toturial to set up PayPal that accept payment in Nigeria. I dropship underwears from Nigeria and am using Paypal to accept payment.

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