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A Beginners’ Guide To International Dropshipping

By Andrey Y.

A Beginners’ Guide To International Dropshipping

Dropshipping allows you to sell products worldwide without even leaving your home.

Great, right?

For sure. But, do you know enough to bring it off?

This article is going to help you find your bearings in international dropshipping.  

Different strokes for different folks.

Have you heard this saying?

What doesn’t catch on with the customers in your country may make a killing in another one. And you don’t need to move to these countries to launch your business.

Dropshipping blurs the international borders. Your business is no longer tied down to your location. You can live in Uganda and sell goods to the USA or Europe. You can even travel to your heart’s content without any harm to your online business. All you need is to take your laptop with you.

Sounds too good to be true?

Believe it or not, but it’s really so. And you don’t have to work miracles to become financially independent and lead a life you’ve always dreamed of.

However, it doesn’t mean you should dive into dropshipping without planning it out. This way, you’ll run up against plenty of unnecessary problems that will get you down fast.

To let you avoid this, we’ve drawn up this roadmap to international dropshipping. Take one step at a time and watch your business growing.

Table Of Contents

#1. Make the list of the countries you want to dropship to

international-dropshipping-01.jpegObviously, the first thing you should do before starting your online business is conducting a research. You need to know where your products could do the trick and bring money in.

Thanks to the tools like Google Trends, you can easily evaluate the level of demand for certain items. You just need to type your keywords in the search field and see how people’s interest in the product has been changing.

So, in some countries a product makes customers’ eyes twinkle while it leaves people cold in the others.

Thus, you need to weed out the countries that don’t have any interest in the items you’re selling. Draw up the list of the most promising countries to sell your goods to. It’s going to be helpful for your further work.

#2. Size up the level of competition in your niche

international-dropshipping-02.jpgToo many cooks spoil the broth.

When you have the countries listed, you should look at each of these regions closer. Some countries could be flooded with the online stores that take the same niche.

In such circumstances, it’s going to be difficult and quite expensive to win the competition. There, customers have a lot of alternatives to your store – plus, the promotional campaigns on oversaturated markets cost more.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that a high level of competition is a sign for you to back out. There could be a lack of high quality products and promotional ideas. So, you’ll be able to break into the market and hit the jackpot.

Yet, if your common sense drops hints that the competition is too tough, then you’d better focus your effort on the countries with the better conditions.

#3. Choose suitable dropshipping suppliers

international-dropshipping-03.jpegWe’ve mentioned it before that the reliability of your business partners matters.

But besides this, there is one more thing to consider if you want to dropship internationally. Your suppliers should be able to deliver the products to every country you target.

Plus, your clients want to receive their packages as soon as possible. And, most certainly, they have a little desire to pay extra delivery fees.

Meanwhile, it may turn out that an AliExpress seller has a free or a low-cost shipping option for one country but don’t have it for another. Or it could occur that the shipping to some states costs higher than the item itself. Who would like this?

Thus, you need to go to AliExpress and try to choose the suppliers who provide the cheap delivery such as ePacket to all your target countries.

Another thing worth mentioning is the tracking code. When you pick your suppliers, make sure their shipping options include the tracking information. You’ll need it to prove your clients your decency.

#4. Try to find the suppliers storing their products nearby your customers

find-suppliers.jpegThe longer is the shipping time, the more questions from your clients you have. The most impatient and irritable of them could be a real pain in your neck and cause some troubles.

To keep customer anger at bay, you should work towards reducing the delivery time. The best way to achieve this is to search for the sellers on AliExpress who store their products in the countries you target or in the neighboring states.

It’s simple. The shorter is the distance, the faster is the delivery.

In one of our articles, we explain how to find the suppliers with the warehouses in the USA. This way, you cut down the shipping time from 20 – 30 to 7 – 5 days.

The good news is, you can repeat the same trick with any other country you need. Some AliExpress sellers have their warehouses in various countries like the one in the picture below.


#5. Set suitable payment gateways

payment-gateways.jpegIs it familiar?

You come across an item that you want to buy right on the spot without any delay. But, you can’t. The store doesn’t accept your credit card and you’ve left your cash at home.

Sad, right?

If don’t want your clients to feel the same way, you need to integrate suitable payment gateways in your online store.

Make sure that the gateways you’re about to set are available in the countries you’re going to target.

#6. Run separate promotional campaigns for each country

promotional-campaigns.jpegEach to their own.

The world is disparate. And it’s great. Every country has its own history, culture, and traditions.

What puts people off in India could be right up your alley if you’re a US citizen. And the other way round.

While creating your commercial, you need to consider the diversity between countries. You should have a special approach to each country you target. Besides, if you want your advertisement to have the maximum impact on the country, you need to translate it into the local language.

#7. Translate customer reviews

customer-reviews.jpegYour reputation is one of the most essential parts of being successful in international dropshipping.

How do people figure out if your online store is worth buying from?

From the people who have already had this experience, of course! Don’t even doubt it: your store visitors read the reviews that the previous buyers have left about your products and your customer service.

Fortunately, you can build a sound foundation for your online business right from the beginning. Even if nobody has bought anything from you yet.

With AliDropship Google Chrome Extension, you’re able to add the reviews along with the products you import to your store.

But, the customer feedback on AliExpress could be posted in different languages. They may not include the ones your target countries speak.

Thus, you should translate the positive reviews into English, at least. For better results, you need your product reviews to include comments in all the languages your potential clients speak.

#8. Provide a great customer service

customer-service.jpegLet’s continue with the reputation.

As a rule, unsatisfied customers are more inclined to take their anger out on you by leaving negative feedback. If everything goes well, people just take it for granted.

If you don’t want bad rumors about your online store to run rampant on the Internet, you should provide your clients with an excellent customer service.

It means that there is no room for any misunderstanding between you and customers. If you can’t speak English or the other target languages fluently enough, there will definitely be some problems.

The key to handling this difficulty is hiring somebody who has the necessary knowledge of the language. They’re going to take care of your customer support and save your reputation. Freelance platforms like Fiverr, UpWork, Freelancer let you easily find someone who is fit for this.

Now, you’re good to go! You know the most essential things about international dropshipping and can give it a shot. If something still holds you back, feel free to leave your questions in the section below. We’re always ready to help you.


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.
Eunice imene April 6, 2019 17:06:59

Please how do I start a drop shipping business,I don’t know how.can you help me with a video or some I can chat with to teach me?

    Andrey Y. April 8, 2019 5:25:36

    I’m glad to know you’re in.
    Of course, we can help you. You can ask the guys from Dropship Club any question about dropshipping, they know all the ins and outs. Here is the link
    If you want to build you store on your own, here is the article that’s gonna give you a clue

Elvis April 27, 2019 11:21:12

Hi I am currently in Qatar,but need to start a store that is registered in Kenya and sells international,is it possible to buy a custom store from you good guys with a Kenyan account but able to run it while hear in Qatar.

    Andrey Y. April 29, 2019 5:36:06

    Thank you for your question.
    We can create an online store for you from scratch and you’ll be able to run it from wherever you want For this, You’ll just need a laptop and Internet access.
    But, to get your business registed in some country is up to you.

Ikechukwu May 1, 2019 8:16:19

Please I want to dropshipp international, am from Nigeria what do I do… Please can you please help me

      Akinyomi Oluwaseun May 21, 2019 8:46:53

      I’m also from Nigeria and I’m interested

      Akin May 22, 2019 20:41:37

      Please i want to dropship international, I’m in target is Africa market, please how I need your assistance and mentor on how to achieve this business plan. I will be happy for a quick response. Thank you

Alao Ladi May 1, 2019 8:24:04

I will like to start this business but I’m a newbie. Can you contact me through my email for further discussions, please.

Martyn Solomon May 21, 2019 7:36:53

Hi is available in Austria?
Thank you

Achor Uteno May 21, 2019 7:37:06

Hello am from Nigeria, I want to start my dropshipping also but how can I get suppliers that are close bye to Nigeria or in Nigeria.

    Andrey Y. May 21, 2019 13:12:13

    Thank you for your interest.
    How to find suppliers who store their products in your country or nearby is explained in this article (part#4). If you can’t find such suppliers, you just need to choose suppliers who provide fast and cheap delivery such as ePacket to your country

luis May 21, 2019 8:30:31


David May 21, 2019 8:33:07

Please i am a student from Nigeria,currently i dont have enough cash to set up an online store,are there other ways i can partake of this online business aside owning an online store,if yes please i would love to know to how.Thank you

Mohammed May 21, 2019 11:09:24

Hi. How can I Handel the different orders from different suppliers in my store to the same client?

    Andrey Y. May 21, 2019 13:24:20

    Hi, Mohammed!
    Thank you for the comment!
    You just need to import products from AliExpress to your online store. AliDropship plugin takes care of fulfilling order – it happens automatically. If you want your customers to get all the goods they’ve bought together at the same time, you should limit the number of your suppliers to 1 or 2. This article is going to help you pull it off

Amarachukwu May 21, 2019 18:05:00

I want to run a dropshipping business from Nigeria. How possible is it and what will getting a customized site cost

Brian May 22, 2019 11:54:11

Do you help with advertising? Also how much do I need upfront if I wanted a website plus online store?

    Andrey Y. May 23, 2019 5:10:34

    Hi, Brian!
    Thank you for your questions.
    The price of your online store depends on the package you choose. Each package includes hosting for your store. In other words, you get your website with your online store integrated into it. You can learn more about the packages and their prices if you go to this link There, you can also get a free consultation. Our managers are going to answer all your question. So, feel free to get in touch with them.
    Speaking of advertising. If you need some help with promoting your dropshipping business, Dropship club is the service that’s gonna give you a hand. Click on this link to find out more about Dropship club

van May 25, 2019 16:20:35

Will alidropship plugin know the countries a supplier in aliexpress ships to automatically and updates that on my eCommerce store when I am importing the products?

    Andrey Y. May 28, 2019 9:14:11

    Hi there!
    Thank you for your question.
    AliDropship plugin automatically places orders on AliExpress and constantly updates the info about the products.

Kamal May 28, 2019 12:24:49

Hello! I’m Nigerian and I’m interested in starting a drop shipping business. Please i need guides on how to start with little money, and also find niches and customers close by. Thank yoi

Daniel July 3, 2019 17:21:32

Am very much interested in alidropshipping, but I don’t know how to start in the first place. Secondly do I need a PayPal account for this?

Heart Spain July 20, 2019 20:06:42


Can I still be successful drop shipping to the USA even if my domain name extension ends with or do I have to change over to .com?

Thank you

    Olga L. July 22, 2019 5:37:25

    Hi, thank you for the question!

    Your domain name still has the ‘.com’ part, which is why it is perfectly suitable for international business.
    As the part of your business brand, you can create a ‘legend’ of your business identity and origin that would explain the ‘.au’ part and look natural to the buyers.

HANNAH JACYNTHA September 14, 2019 2:22:34

Hi, I purchased the custom advance package this year and received the licence in July . For 1 month there was no sales so I decided to purchase the plugin bundle pack and bought it last month and installed all the 6 plugins. Sadly there is no sales till now with ads being run and with plugins installed. Beginning, In the process of liaising with the Custom store manager, I asked her I wanted to choose US and Malaysia as my target country to dropship party supplies item. However,she mentioned to choose 1 country or region. Then I chose US. But today as I was reading your blog came across that we could dropship worldwide
. How do I go about it? Do i need to seek your expertise to change the settings in my store? Please help me.

    Andrey Y. September 18, 2019 5:49:52

    Hi there!
    Thank you for your comment.
    The very first steps in dropshipping are usually the hardest. But after you set the process in motion, it will be much easier.
    Please, write about your problem here These guys know everything about dropshipping and are always ready to lend you a hand.

Joseph Olatunji November 13, 2019 7:51:40

I will need to know how much it will take for me to start a dropshipping business from Nigeria

Percy December 3, 2019 11:44:08

Most of the items that i see on aliexpress are not Indian market products. Can you please help me the suppliers on Ali mostly or vastly produce products targeted to which country.

Or is their any filters available on country based products. Please let me know.

The article is great one

Vipul Bhandari January 23, 2020 10:46:09

Hii, I want to Start Dropshipping business, and I want to sell it in USA and my Supplier is also from USA.
Currently I am living in India.
So, How Can I do this??
Reply must..

    Olga L. January 24, 2020 7:07:59

    Hi, thank you for your question! Our manager will get in touch with you via email.

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