Official Tweet From Abdul Razak
We have finally made it. @amazon will be adding Pakistan to its Sellers’ List within a few days. Since last year, we have been engaged with Amazon, and now it’s happening. It is an excellent opportunity for our youth, SMEs, and women entrepreneurs…
— Abdul Razak Dawood (@razak_dawood) May 6, 2021
The importance of e-commerce in the country’s economy was demonstrated in the past five years. The Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, issued this statement. He added that this was due to the development of the internet and its easy accessibility. He also stated that the lack of business mentors was also one of the reasons for the stunted growth of e-commerce business in the country.
Pakistan is now a part of the Amazon Family
Pakistan is now one step closer to joining a global e-commerce giant as our country has been included in the list of eligible countries for Amazon’s third-party sellers. This list includes:
- United States
There are numerous other internationally renowned countries in this list.
Pakistan has been added to Amazon’s Global Selling program for the first time. This development would allow local merchants to sell on Amazon – including international shipping and handling of products. The Seattle-based e-commerce company offers more than 400 million products for sale on its website.
Benefits for Local Pakistani Merchants
Amazon has become an essential part of the global online shopping industry. The inclusion of our country in the Amazon-approved sellers’ list will benefit Pakistani merchants. It is a significant opportunity for Pakistani merchants to access a broader market and consumer base. Also, this move will facilitate easier delivery of goods from and to Pakistan.
Amazon does not ship to Pakistan, a country that closely borders India. That’s because the online retailer does not operate in Pakistan. However, India, which is closer to other countries in the Asian subcontinent, falls under its jurisdiction.
Indian companies, of course, have been a part of the online store since its inception. However, Pakistani merchants wishing to sell their products on Amazon had to register for an account from another country, such as Singapore or Hong Kong.
Thoughts from Dr. Shahbaz Gill
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Information Dr. Shahbaz Gill stated that the current government had achieved success which was unprecedented in the history of Pakistan.
The previous government posed many external and internal challenges to the country’s growth. However, the present government is overcoming these challenges.
Names of 38 Exporters
Last year in June, the Ministry of Commerce encouraged traders to promote their business in new and emerging markets. Accordingly, the ministry has also shared the names of 38 exporters with Amazon.com for their registration on priority. Thanks to this development, Pakistani goods can now find their way to Europe, US, Australia, and Canada via Amazon warehouses.