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A Secret Of Dropshipping With AliExpress: Ship From Europe Or The USA Instead Of China!

By Andrey Y.

ship from the usa and europe

It would be great to ship the AliExpress goods to your US customers right from the USA instead of China, wouldn’t it? And how about letting your European clients receive their packages from the UK or Spain? 

Sounds even better, doesn’t it?

So, let’s look what tricks you’ve got up your sleeve!

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Why the service delivery time matters?


What is so great about dropshipping?

The short answer is, it’s a level playing field!

No matter whether you’re rich or poor, you can launch your dropshipping business and be riding high in the shortest time.

Your success is up to you.

To lead the field, you should always work towards refinement. In other words, you need to look for something that will give you the edge over your competitors.

Here’s a little story to give you the idea…

In the 1940s, there were dozens of drive-in restaurants in the USA. 

Each of them stated that they have unique dishes and cooking methods, but by and large, all these restaurants were almost identical. You used to drive there in your car. A waitress came over and took the orders. Next, you would sit tight and wait no less than 30 minutes to get your food. 

Not very fast, is it?

One of such restaurants was owned by two brothers, Richard and Maurice. Their business wasn’t much different from the others of this kind. 

But, in 1948, they made a fateful decision. 

The brothers reduced their menu to the most profitable dishes (hamburgers, soft drinks, coffee, milkshakes, etc.) so that the restaurant kitchen could focus on these products. Apart from that, they got rid of the carhops and made their restaurant self-service.

By the way, the brothers’ last name was McDonald and their restaurant was named after them – McDonald’s.

And those were the first steps that let it stand out from the others and evolve into the largest restaurant chain in the world.

So, what were all those changes for?

To speed it up, of course! After the makeover, customers were able to get their orders in 30 seconds instead of 30 minutes.

People want to meet their needs as soon as possible, don’t they?


Making the process faster and more convenient for your clients is one of the keys to customer heart.

The McDonald brothers worked it out and made a good use of the idea.

In AliExpress dropshipping business, entrepreneurs run up against the challenge of long delivery time from China

Although customers are usually ready to put up with this, the shipping time reduction would certainly allow you to win more clients along with their praise.

Imagine your clients from Spain receiving their items in 7 days or less instead of waiting a month until they arrive from China.

It would make a difference, wouldn’t it?

The good news is that it’s possible! 

Your business model doesn’t have to be tied down to China. Many AliExpress sellers have warehouses in the USA and European countries.

So, you can cut down your delivery time and ship the products to your customers right from the United States, Spain, France and other countries.

How to find an AliExpress supplier to ship from the USA

The US market is the biggest one. Naturally, many entrepreneurs want to dropship products to the United States.


If you decide to target the US customers, you should be ready to come up against a powerful rival – Amazon. This e-commerce platform dominates the online shopping market in the USA. 

And while dropshipping entrepreneurs can beat Amazon with their prices, it could be hard to compete with this company when it comes to the shipping time.

Amazon warehouses are located in the United States. So, it takes 5-7 days for it to deliver their goods. Of course, shipping from China can’t be so fast.

However, as we mentioned before, many AliExpress sellers store their products in the US. So, you can shorten your shipping time up to 6 times and take some bread out of Amazon mouth.



Things become even better when you figure out how to find such suppliers on AliExpress. It’s really a piece of cake.

You just need to set the country where you want to ship your goods to (United States) on the top of AliExpress main page and pick the category of products you need. Then, in the “Ship from” field, you should choose “United States” and…

Here they are! You see all the suppliers storing the necessary products in the USA.


Easy, right?

Yet, it may be even easier if you use AliDropship plugin. You can import already pre-edited items to your store from AliDropship database. It contains the most popular products from the best AliExpress suppliers. 

And you can easily sort out those who have warehouses in the United States. For this, you just need to click on “Import” tab.


On your left, you’ll see “Ship to” and “Ship from” fields. Choose “United States” and you’re good to go. Pick out the products you like from the list and please your American customers with the fast delivery.

US-shipping01-min-768x279.pngHow to find an AliExpress supplier to ship from Europe

Many dropshipping entrepreneurs focus too much on the USA whereas European market stays a bit overlooked. However, it may have even bigger prospects than the United States.

While the US is flooded with offers from different e-commerce stores, the European Union has much more room to let your online business spread the wings.

Besides, your European customer base will grow much faster if your clients know that they may get their dropshipping orders in the shortest time.

So, the things you need to do to implement this are not much different from the task you carry out when searching for suppliers shipping from the USA.

The only difference is that you pick the UK, Spain, France or other European country you need in “Ship to” and “Ship from” fields.

shipping-from-europe-min-768x457.pngYet, the beauty of dropshipping to Europe is that if you want to ship your goods to Germany, it’s not necessary to find a supplier with the warehouse in Germany. You can pick the ones who stores their products in Spain or another European country. It’s going to be fast as well. 

Some AliExpress sellers might even have warehouses in several countries, which you could make a good use of.

shipping-from-europe01-min.pngFor AliDropship users, the process is traditionally easier. You just choose “Europe” in the “Ship from” field and the European country you need to deliver your products to in the “Ship to” field. shipping-from-europe02-min.png

The success of your online store lies in your ability to stand out from your competitors. One of the things that can help you with this task is a fast delivery. If you know how to find a supplier to ship your products from the USA, Spain, the UK and other countries, you can pull it off and make your business flourish.


By Andrey Y.
Andrey has just joined AliDropship team. He’s exploring dropshipping business from the very beginning. And, he’s going to share with you the most essential things newcomers need to know.
Eric July 16, 2019 3:28:48

I already thought about it but unfortunately, it doesn’t work for France…. 🙁 (unless I missed it)
When I choose Spain (for the warehouse), they doesn’t ship to France….

    Andrey Y. July 16, 2019 6:12:48

    Hi, Eric!
    Thank you for letting us know about it.
    Honestly, we’ve never heard of this problen before. And it’s really strange that a supplier with the warehouse in Spain can’t deliver products to France. It must have been a kind of mistake or something. At least, I don’t see any serious obstacles for shipping goods within the EU.
    You can find the same supplier and try it again or choose another one. It must be working!

      Jorge July 22, 2019 11:18:31

      Hello 🙂

      I find many suppliers doing this, they have the item let’s say in Spain, so they only ship from Spain to Spain, they don’t ship to Portugal too for example. I found some from France that doesn’t ship to Portugal too…

      Maybe we need to start a conversation with them asking for help in these situations and if they can workaround that so they can ship to Portugal or for the entire EU 🙂

Tunde August 13, 2019 8:22:57

I am totally new to drop shopping. Kindly guide me on how to get started.

John August 13, 2019 10:14:27

I’m interested in shipping to the UK but can’t find any products that are shipped from the UK, though this was implied in the article. In addition, many suppliers are charging ridiculous amounts to ship from France to the UK – for example, a small order available from China with free shipping or e-packet shipping for 2.21 UKP costs 13.27 UKP from France (no options). I accept that delivery from France will be quicker but 6 times more expensive!! 13.27 UKP for a product costing less than 2.00 UKP is extreme and this isn’t even the worst example – some similarly priced products have shipping costs from France that are over 20 UKP!!

    Andrey Y. August 13, 2019 11:11:20

    Hi, John!
    Thank you for your comment.
    I’ve just looked for products that you could ship for free from Europe to the UK in AliDropship database and I found more than 100 results.
    You just need to follow the steps describing in the article. Click on “Import” tab, then set “Europe” in “Shipping from” field and “United Kingdom” in ” Shipping to” field, put a tick in “Free shipping” box. And you’re done.

      Max August 13, 2019 15:28:13

      Don’t forget that if you ship from the US based warehouse/facility/agent etc. to American customers, you create Nexus and have to pay taxes there with all kinds of financial arrangements involved. Same with Europe and their VAT. You’ll probablly get away with that at first, but long-term it’s not viable, if you don’t do everything legally.

        Akhter Hussain August 28, 2019 20:45:22

        Hi Andrey Y.
        Can you please comment on this because shipping from the US to US customer can not be done unless you collect tax and pay to the tax authorities. It will not only increase the cost of the product but also a lot of paperwork and will take time to file reports etc. Thanks

          Andrey Y. August 29, 2019 5:55:02

          Hi there!
          Thank you for your comment.
          Unfortunately, we cannot advise and educate people on tax issues. US taxation depends on plenty of things and each state has its own rules. You’d better discuss this with a specialist in private!

      Artur J. October 28, 2019 7:15:47

      Hi Andrey, I’m interested in shipping to the UK as well. Is combined shipping from Europe to UK available? How would I make sure the customer receives 1 package if they ordered 5 goods at the same time? Is that possible?

Nana August 13, 2019 23:08:31

It’s just sad drop shipping in Africa. Long shipping time and and your guides doesn’t cover anything about Africa . I own and store for a year now and I am beginning to think I wish I knew all these before I got into it. All guide covers USA and European countries

Rosemary August 29, 2019 12:00:19

Am new in dropship. Please guide me. My major concern is the time of delivery. Meanwhile am into furniture.

    Andrey Y. September 2, 2019 12:19:38

    Hi, Rosemary!
    Thank you for your comment!
    Unfortunately, I’ve got my hands full with my work. But, I recommend you get in touch with the guys from Dropship Club, they will definitely help you out. Here is the link

Eyvette September 1, 2019 12:29:08

Great article Andrey. I try to shop from the USA and will look more for those products. Please keep sending info on shipping because in the USA it makes it difficult especially with Amazon

Julio Navarro December 19, 2019 16:24:57

He hecho tal como ustedes sugieren enviar a united states y desde USA pero cuando le doy add to cart me sale un mensaje
que dice La region que usted eligio no es elegible. Yo estoy en Honduras, Central America y logicamente el sistema me tira
al perfil mio en aliexpress con mi direccion . Como se puede hacer para comprar del metodo que ustedes proponen y enviar
a un casilllero en Miami para que luego lo envien a mi pais……??

    Olga L. December 20, 2019 11:48:20

    Hi, thank you for your question!

    Please contact our support team at and attach the screenshots so that our specialists could understand how to help you.

Pauline Can December 24, 2019 3:28:14

Thank you for the information Andrey. What if I click for a range of products to be sent from the US but there’s a buyer from Europe?

Martin January 13, 2020 22:44:18


I am in EU, so VAT applies if you have a VAT ID (above a certain limit of sales for each country). I guess you do not need to pay VAT in EU if you do not reach that limit or if you voluntarily apply for VAT ID. The downside is that you will probably not be able to deduct input VAT for product purchases. But these Chinese businesses must have local EU VAT in the place where they store stocks, but the Aliexpress platform will not give you proper invoices with local EU VAT applied I guess.

But the customer not paying customs and other fees on import to EU is a great benefit in this case. Just cant imagine a business, where you make the customer wait for 30 days and then make him go to the local bureau to sign a protocol for receiving goods from overseas….

One thing that is missing in Aliexpress and Alidropship Woo is the shipping price filter. 🙂 I would accept a certain price for shipping from EU, not free necessarily. But if you like a product, clink on it and randomly see shipping, it varies from 2 to 30 EUR. So you have to click on products that you like to check that out…sad story.

Angel February 10, 2020 16:11:56

Shipping from is no longer available on my side…anyone else with the same issue?

    Olga L. February 11, 2020 4:25:59

    Hi, thank you for your question!

    Most likely, this is due to the fact that Chinese government has extended the period of the Lunar New Year Holiday due to the current coronavirus outbreak – please, read more details here:

Jean Hood March 16, 2020 0:48:20

Please advise where to find suppliers or USA warehouses. Already have custom store waiting to go viral

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