How to Open an AliExpress Store?

AliExpress is an online retail service based in China owned by the Alibaba Group. Launched in 2010, it is made up of small businesses in China and other locations, such as Singapore, that offer products to international online buyers. It is the most visited e-commerce website in Russia and was the 10th most popular website in Brazil. It facilitates small businesses to sell to customers all over the world. AliExpress has drawn comparison to eBay, as sellers are independent and use the platform to offer products to buyers. Sellers on AliExpress can be either companies or individuals. AliExpress is different from Amazon because it acts only as an e-commerce platform and does not sell products directly to consumers. AliExpress differs from fellow Alibaba-subsidiary Taobao in that AliExpress is primarily aimed at international buyers.

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Opening an AliExpress Store:

Anyone can open a store on AliExpress today.

AliExpress has two versions – Global Store or Local Store. In order to open a store on the Global platform (Which lets you sell globally) one has to register a Trading company in Mainland China. But to open a store on local AliExpress (lets you sell locally), one has to register a business in one of the partner countries: Italy, France, Russia, Turkey, or Spain. On this page we talk about opening a Global Store using a Mainland China company. Feel free to contact us below if you need A-Z service to open a Global AliExpress Store and sell worldwide!

1. Get a Local Sim Card in China

A local Chinese mobile number will be required for all the steps below.

2. Register a Company in China

In order to open a store on AliExpress Global Platform (to sell globally) one has to register a trading company in Mainland China first.

3. Open A Corporate Bank Account in China

Once you register your trading company, open a corporate account in one of the local banks in China.

4. Open A Corporate Alipay Account

Once you have a corporate bank account in China, go ahead and open your corporate Alipay and link your company’s account to it.

5. Link Your Corporate Alipay

Link your corporate Alipay to your personal Account on

7. Apply For A Seller Account

Apply for a seller account on AliExpress. During the process, the system will ask you to upload all of your company documents, confirm your Alipay using your Corporate Alipay account. Click here to apply

8. Approval of Your AliExpress Seller Account

After around 1-2 days, AliExpress will approve or refuse your application to open a store. If refused, normally it asks you to fix something and reapply.

Can You Also Assist With Taobao store?

Yes, we can assist you open a Taobao store too. Feel free to contact us below

Foreigners can open a Taobao store almost exactly the same way they open an AliExpress store. If you want to know more about the process, please click on this box.

Foreigners can open a store on too. This platform is one of the most trustworthy e-commerce platforms in China, selling mostly quality products. Click on this box to know more about it.

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