Delivery dropshipping

When you’re dropshipping you might feel inclined to target mainly the largest eCommerce countries in the world – US, UK, Japan, Germany, France or South Koreea. While these are, indeed, very mature markets that have an online turnover of billions of dollars, these are also quite saturated and the clients you are seeking may be already fed up with Aliexpress items. The ROI may also be worst if you try to sell to only these countries. What are the alternatives? Emerging markets which, while not so developed, offer new opportunities for dropshippers. Here are some hand picked suggestions of “new countries” to dropship to.   

We used Statista to gather data about the markets, plus other various official reports.

Dropship in Saudi Arabia

In recent years, the Saudi government has been trying to diversify its economy which is highly dependent on oil. Its e-commerce sector has an annual growth rate of 32%, better than China or India.

Revenue in the eCommerce market amounts to US$6,076m in 2020.

Dropship in Vietnam

Vietnam also has an annual growth rate of 32% and takes enormous influence from the Chinese e-commerce market.

Revenue in the eCommerce market amounts to US$5,770m in 2020.

A representative of YouNet Media also said that e-commerce was one of the most followed industries on social media in Vietnam in 2019, attracting millions of discussions every month, once again proving the popularity of e-commerce in Vietnam.

The period of educating Vietnamese consumers about online shopping has been successful. The next challenge for companies now is how to make each consumer continue to purchase more without companies having to compete on price.

Dropship in United Arab Emirates

While it’s considered to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the e-commerce market in this Gulf nation, with a population of only 9 million, is growing at 33% per year.

Emirati e-commerce has one of the highest growths in recent years, and is the most dynamic market across the MENA region, as well as the e-commerce leader among GCC states. Between 2013 and 2017, online retail sales are believed to have grown from US$ 490 million to US$ 1.6 billion. The total value of the e-commerce market is expected to rise exponentially in 2018, ranging between US$ 8.98 billion and US$ 10 billion according to forecasts.

Overall, the market is expected to grow at an average rate of 25% per year by 2020. Growth in the e-commerce market is forecast to be fuelled to a large extent by mobile, as the UAE have the highest smartphone penetration rate in the world (81% in 2017 according to a Newzoo survey). Smartphone usage is reported to be even higher among millennials (over 90% according to a Google survey). The share of mobile use in regular online purchases is already higher than laptops and desk computers (47% as opposed to 39% – Hootsuite).

Cross-border shopping is extremely popular in the UAE, with 46% of consumers saying they have purchased from foreign websites in 2017 (PayPal 2018). American websites were by far the most visited e-commerce platforms, followed by Indian and Chinese websites., and are the largest locally-based e-commerce websites. The acquisition of by Amazon, and the launch of by Emaar Group in 2017 are believed to further invigorate the Emirati e-commerce market.

Dropship in Indonesia

With an annual growth rate of 78% Indonesian eCommerce market is one to behold. Most Indonesian shoppers pay via credit cards and e-wallets, while only 15% of all the transactions are carried out in cash.

Revenue in the eCommerce market amounts to US$28,597m in 2020.

Dropship in Israel

The e-commerce market in Israel, one of the most technologically advanced countries, is growing with a rate of 31% per year. It also has one of the highest average online spendings in the world as most shoppers in Israel pay via e-wallets or credit cards.

Revenue in the eCommerce market amounts to US$4,152m in 2020.

Dropship in Russia

The Russian e-commerce market is still in a somewhat nascent stage, so there are plenty of opportunities there. The country has the largest population of internet users in Europe, but its online sales are only about 2% of total sales. Ulmart, Citilink and Ozon are the biggest online retailers in the country.

Annual online sales: $20 billion

E-commerce share of total retail sales: 2%

Dropship in Czech Republic

The European country is the fastest growing in terms of eCommerce in EU.

Dropship in Romania

One of the largest countries in Europe, Romania is growing significantly year over year, albeit from quite small figures.  

Revenue in the eCommerce market amounts to US$2,153m in 2020.

Dropshipping in Brazil

Brazil is the only Latin American country to make this list. Double digit growth is expected to continue and as Internet usage and delivery services expand there will be an increase in the eCommerce market for many Latin American countries as well. Brazil’s poor infrastructure makes delivery difficult and impossible in many areas of Brazil, which directly affects the eCommerce market in a large way.

B2W is the largest online retailer not only in Brazil, but all of Latin America as well. It has recently acquired multiple logistics companies in Brazil that specialize in deliveries in order to increase the efficiency and overall delivery capabilities in more areas of the country.

The Philippines

The Philippines is the third fastest growing e-commerce market with 51% growth rate. However, the size of the Filipino e-commerce market is still pretty small at just $1.6 billion. More than 60% of online shoppers in the Philippines still prefer to pay in cash at the time of delivery instead of making payments through credit cards or e-wallets.

The growing connectivity of the Philippines, rapidly overcoming the country’s infrastructure difficulties, enable more and more of its large population of more than 100 million to access the internet. Primarily accessing it through mobile devices, but also through computers, connected Filipinos consequently grow the country’s e-commerce market.

Though it is dominated by a large player, the relatively low penetration of e-commerce and the fast-growing number of potential consumers allow for many newcomers, local or foreign, to enter the market.

What other markets have you tried dropshipping? Let us know in the comments section below.