Amazon in UAE was launched back in 2019. Since its launch, a boom is seen in the e-commerce businesses in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East. In 2021, the value of e-commerce sales in the United Arab Emirates was around 23 billion U.S. dollars. It is estimated that this value will increase up to 27 million dollars in 2022. Furthermore, according to the Mastercard study, more than 73% of consumers are comfortable with online shopping. This shows the enormous potential in the online business industry of the UAE.
These are some of the many reasons to start an e-commerce business in the UAE. And there is no better place than Amazon UAE to start selling online. So, if you are considering selling products across the pond, you will need to learn the complete process from scratch. This guide will teach you how you can sell on Amazon UAE to expand your business’ sales reach or start your new business.
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Beginner’s Guide on How to Sell on Amazon UAE
Follow these steps to begin your journey of selling in the online market of UAE:
Step 1. Fulfill Requirements to Sell Online on Amazon UAE
In order to sell on Amazon UAE, you should have done the things which are mentioned below:
- Register Business details (company’s name, address, etc.)
- Acquire UAE e-commerce license
- Get Phone number
- Open Bank Account
- Have Proof of Address
- Get Emirates ID
- Valid residence visa (optional)
Now let us dive deep into their explanation and go through all the details of each requirement.
Register Business Details
In order to register your business, you have to provide all the basic details of your business including name, address, and other related information. Choosing the right business name is not that simple. An appropriate company name is the one that matches the business naming criteria of UAE.
The criteria consist the following:
- The company name cannot contain initials or surname only, it should be on your full name.
- Use of references to Islam or Allah and blasphemous or offensive language is prohibited.
- The business name should be available for registration.
UAE E-commerce License
There are two types of e-commerce licenses that you can apply for. There is mainland and a free zone UAE e-commerce license. We recommend that you opt for a free zone license.
This license is self-regulated, has zero currency restrictions is more affordable, and has no custom tax costs. Furthermore, the whole process of getting the license is a lot more efficient and quick as there are no demands of extra approvals to trade.
Now, you must be wondering how you can get the help or directions for acquiring an e-commerce license? Riz and Mona Consultancy can help you in the process. We will take care of the whole application process so that you don’t have to worry about it. Just book a free appointment with us.
Next, you should have an active phone number in UAE.
You also need an Emirates ID which is issued by the government.
Visa is important for those who intend to work while staying in the UAE. The complete visa application requires a chest X-ray, blood test, fitness test, and visit to the immigration center for fingerprints and other biometrics.
Then, you should have a bank account to get a valid credit card. Credit card details are mandatory in order to set up your charge method. You will be needing to provide tons of documents and do quite some paperwork. You will also need a visa and national ID to complete the process. Do your homework before you take the step of opening an account in a corporate bank. Some of the famous banks of UAE are:
- First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
- Emirates NBD
- Emirates Islamic Bank
- Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB)
- RAK Bank
- National Bank of Fujairah (NBF)
- Mashreq Bank
- Standard Chartered Bank
Billing address is also demanded by Amazon for verifying your ID and location in UAE.
Step 2: Opening Amazon UAE Seller Account
Once you have completed this checklist, you are ready to open an Amazon seller account. Following are the list of things that you’ll need to provide when setting up your new seller account:
- Business name, address, and other relevant information
- Credit card details for setting up payment methods
- Information about products, categories, and listings
- Valid billing address
- Emirates identity verification such as your name, address, etc.
- Trade license (for business accounts) or bank account statement (for individual sellers)
Once you have provided all the requested information, your application will be submitted and approved within two business days.
There is no registration fee for opening an Amazon UAE seller account. You can open it for free of cost.
There are many product categories that are currently doing well and are in demand in the Amazon UAE market. Some of the hot categories are:
- Kids and Toys
- Apparel & Accessories
Fees to Pay to Sell on Amazon UAE
There are no subscription fees for Amazon UAE but you have to pay charges selling a product. If you ask Amazon to ship it for you, you also have to pay some price as shipment charges. You can check the Amazon fee schedule and selling fee structure to get an idea of the charges.
Still, Confused? We Can Help
Although we have tried our best to provide you with all the required details about how to sell on Amazon UAE. If you still have any questions or are looking for business consultants for help, simply contact us and we will assist you in completing the whole process and handle everything for you.