How to sell on Amazon if you live outside the USA

easy buttonHow easy is it to sell on Amazon if you live outside of the USA?  

It used to be pretty hard, now it’s pretty easy.  About all you have to do is press the easy button

As I have contact with my readers and students, I am reminded every day that there are lots and lots of talented and capable people.  Many of them are from outside the US.

I very quickly remember that the US population is only about 5% of the world population.

However, the US market is still the biggest and I certainly understand why someone outside the US would want to sell here.

With email, Skype, translations apps, cheap international shipping, google hangouts and lots of other tech stuff it’s very possible for non US citizens to do business in the US.

So today I want to answer one of the most frequently asked questions I get which is…

“How do I sell on Amazon.com  (the US version of Amazon) if I live outside the US?

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The real answer is that its not very different than if you live in the US.

When you sign up for an account as a US Citizen, Amazon will ask your for the following things.

  1. A credit card to charge any amounts such as pay per click advertising
  2. Your address
  3. A bank account number so they can transfer your profits to you
  4. A phone number so they can call you to verify your account
  5. You business info such as your Social Security Number (personal government number) or your corporation numbers or EIN (Employer Identification Number)

In the not too recent past if you lived outside of the US you had to have a US phone number, pay for a physical address and even have a US bank account and credit card.

No wonder so few people were able to do all of this.  Thankfully, those days are gone!

Now when you sign up as a non US citizen, the process is significantly easier.

Amazon will walk you through a signup checklist and guide you step by step, it’s actually well thought out and helpful.

However, you will need the following as a non US citizen:

  1. A credit card that can be charged internationally,  i.e, a Mastercard or Visa.
  2. A local bank in your country that supports ACH which stands for automated clearing house which really means your bank can accept electronic transfers
  3. Your local address
  4. Your country uses currency supported by Amazon.  Click here to see the list.  This is not an issue for most English speaking countries or non English speaking European countries.
  5. A phone number (you’ll also need your international prefix number)
  6. A US EIN number.  You don’t have to be a corporation and have any type of legal status in the US to get this number.  You simply fill out online form 10-BEN on the IRS.gov website (Internal Revenue Service which is the US government tax collection agency)

That’s it!

Things do change, so depending on when you’re reading this keep in mind that there may be slight variations but it should still be very similar.

You can now open an Amazon account and have your items shipped directly to Amazon. You never even have to touch the items.  What a concept, huh?

In future articles I’ll touch on how to ship to Amazon from outside the US, but for now I just want you to realize how easy and possible it is to sell on Amazon.com if you live outside the US.

I’ve just eliminated several excuses for you.  Stop coming up with reasons why you can’t do this and get off your duff and get started selling on Amazon!

What are your thoughts of selling on Amazon if you live outside the US?  Comment below

See ya next time

Heres a link to another interesting info graphic on the subject  CLICK HERE

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221 Comments

  • Muneeb

    April 27, 2016

    I am from Pakistan and I have all the things they need,can I do it?

    • Mark Adams

      April 27, 2016

      Yes

  • EDAN

    April 27, 2016

    Hey Mark,

    Very impressive Blogs.

    I am non US-resident selling goods China on FBA US/UK.
    Currently we are selling our goods(China) on FBA US, more than 4 years, we used FBA forwarder(like CNPACKSEND.COM)China to deliver goods to FBA Center directly, the forwarder help us in custom clearance and duty problem, we prepaid all of cost to forwarder. Then we have goods in FBA.

    May i know is it legal?

    Edan

    • Mark Adams

      April 27, 2016

      I always find it hard to answer legal questions, but people do that everyday….I see no legal issues

  • farazspawn

    April 24, 2016

    my question is if i m not a us person so what i choose in 4th step tax information or what is rca id tax ? can you help me for that

    • Mark Adams

      April 26, 2016

      That would be a question for the IRS…

  • Naomi

    April 22, 2016

    Hey Mark,

    I love your blog! It helps a lot to get start an Amazon account and sell over there.
    But, I need some help, because I do not find 10-Ben in IRS, so can it happen that something changed?
    Can you please link the existing one?

    Thank you,
    Naomi

    • Mark Adams

      April 23, 2016

      possible….I would suggest contacting the IRS

  • adel

    April 15, 2016

    hello
    thank you very much for good information
    i am from kuwait and i am have payoneer card
    can i sell on amazon fba
    best ragards
    adel

    • Mark Adams

      April 15, 2016

      you should be able to use payoneer from almost anywhere

  • russell narunsky

    April 14, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    i hope you can assist me.

    I am an E-Commerce manager for a slimming products company based in South-Africa with a satellite office in the UK. We would like to list some of our line on Amazon in America using the FBA method. I have registered for a sellers account and our brand name has been approved but I have experiencing difficulty thereafter.

    Essentially the 1st step for us is to get the products approved which is a stumbling block at this point.

    what would you advise I do

    Thanks,

    Russell

    • Mark Adams

      April 14, 2016

      There is a company that helps with getting amazon account ungated, go to http://www.ungateyouraccount.com/ They should be able to help you.

  • Timo Hofstee

    April 10, 2016

    Hello Mark,

    I already sell with FBA in EUrope. And I have EIN number and all the rest to start selling on Azon US. However, one thing is not clear yet. When I have product shipped to Europe, I have it send to my place and from there I ship it to an Azon depot in Europe. And on delivery from DHL/Fedex I have to pay the TVA.

    How do you handle this if you have your products shipped directly from your supplier in China to an Azon depot in the US? How do you handle the VAT payment issue upon receival of the goods?

    Thank you

    • russell narunsky

      April 19, 2016

      thanks mark,
      i wish to ship to amazon from south-africa how does it work in terms of duties on the usa side,

      also what percentage of a sale does amazon take and what are the storage costs

      thanks,

      russell

      • Mark Adams

        April 19, 2016

        about a third.

        not sure of the specifics from a particular country. Ask you manufacturer, they should know the details as it relates to your country

    • russell narunsky

      April 19, 2016

      thanks mark,
      i wish to ship to amazon from south-africa how does it work in terms of duties on the usa side,

      also what percentage of a sale does amazon take and what are the storage costs

      thanks,

      russell
      – See more at: http://markscottadams.com/how-to-sell-on-amazon-if-you-live-outside-the-usa/#comment-1008

      • russell narunsky

        April 20, 2016

        thanks again mark for your prompt responses really appreciate it

        Would i be able to list on amazon and ship to customers from here in southafrica via the fbm option.

  • George

    April 10, 2016

    Hi Mark you wrote in one of your answers the following post.

    “I bring in lots of small order so I have never had to pay additional customs taxes. Its my understanding that if the cost of your items excluding shipping is under $2500 you don’t need to pay an additional customs taxes”

    So I wanted to ask you this. I live in Thailand and started recently using FBA. I am sending directly to USA amazons warehouses and not using any importer or broker. So far I had no problems because I try to send small quantities like 3 wallets or 3 bags with a customs value of $30. Do you mean from your post that as long the customs value is less than $2500 there will be no customs problems and items will be delivered to amazon? I am thinking to increase my shipping loads from Thailand to amazons warehouses but I am not sure how much would be too much? Thank you in advamce for your help.

  • Salman Haroon

    April 8, 2016

    Hi,
    I want to start selling on Amazon very soon and I want to use payoneer to get paid from Amazon. The problem is there are countries not accepted for Amazon seller registration, and I live in one of those countries.

    A friend of mine told me that I can still sell on amazon but I need to create a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Get a US based address and a US phone number then register with payoneer

    The problem is once I register with payoneer, when adding my bank account details, Amazon will ask for my country of residence. I don’t know if my country is listed on the option available, probably not. Should I then choose United State as my country of residence? If so, how will I be able to receive my funds when Amazon pays me?

    • Mark Adams

      April 9, 2016

      Don’t think you need a LLC, but it seems Amazon would be the place to verify your questions….Payoneer establishes a US bank account for your. The money is paid there and then you transfer it to your local bank account and then withdraw

  • Bernard

    April 7, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for all the useful information you are writing here! Everything is clear for what concerns FBA subscription on the .com.

    My question is more about the shipping of the goods. I know that there is a way to get goods shipped directly from Asia to amazon’s US warehouses BUT I didn’t find any solution to get the goods here in Europe first and then and to have them shipped afterwards to the US warehouse at a decent cost. Shipping prices are as expensive as the value of the goods themselves.

    Is there any solution in order to get the send goods from Europe to USA at a decent price? Has amazon deals with some transportation company when you subscribe to FBA in order to get goods in their warehouse at a cheap price? And if yes, where can I find those prices?

    Thanks in advance for the time you take to answer each of the many questions.

    Bernard

    • Mark Adams

      April 8, 2016

      Bernard, it is not uncommon for items to have higher shipping costs than product costs. As long as the total cost would still be profitable, it doesn’t matter. All of the sources we use are from China to the US, but you could google UK freight forwarders for sea shipments or simply contact companies like Fedex or DHL for air shipments.

  • Karon

    April 7, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    Great information! Like the other posters I have also considered this next step but have received so many conflicting advice.

    I live in the UK and already have an EIN. I would ideally prefer to use a virtual US address, phone number and bank account. Is this advisable?

    Many thanks

    Karon

    • Mark Adams

      April 7, 2016

      If yo use US info, you will eventually just have to have your money transferred to the UK. I would think it would be easier to just use your existing UK info.

      • Karon

        April 7, 2016

        It would be easier but i suppose I didn’t want to confuse the two tax systems.

        Thanks

        Karon

  • Sii

    April 3, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    I have been frantically searching for some information on how exactly to set this up. I’m an Australian currently living in Slovakia, my query is as follows:

    I know I need the EIN number from reading your post and these Q&A (thanks very much for the post by the way). But I keep reading that this is a real business ( obviously) so do I need to apply for a US business number or something like that? OR

    Do I only register for the EIN number, apply for a US bank account through ‘Payoneer’, apply for a US address (I think this is required?) through ‘Viabox’ then Just ship my product from China to Amazon FBA? Obviously this is a very much simplified version but you get the picture.

    Do I need to apply for any other permissions or numbers to have this business in the US?

    Thanks very much in advance, this is a daunting process as you know already and any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards
    Sii

    • Mark Adams

      April 3, 2016

      All you need is a bank account from an approved country. Not sure if your country is amazon approved. If not, then a payoneer account. The EIN is just to pay US taxes…good luck

      • Sii

        April 3, 2016

        Wonderful, Thanks Mark

        After watching your 3 videos on how to ( Very helpful also) I came up with another question regarding P.L.
        How does this work? for example say I find a product and decide to private label it, lets call it, “Gary’s Garden” and have a logo as well. Do I need to register that as a business in the US? how does this work? do I just make up a name and logo and send it to the manufacturer and that’s all?

        I hope these aren’t stupid questions, and I really appreciate you taking the time to answer them

        Regards
        Sii

        • Mark Adams

          April 3, 2016

          Just create your brand and product and sent hte product to amazon. You are supposed to pay taxes on your US income, but I suspect most non US citizens don’t.

          • Sii

            April 4, 2016

            Wow, Ok sounds great, and easy.

            Thanks again.
            Sii

  • Sven

    March 29, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    first of all: thanks for all the good and valuable information you share on your site.

    I am in the process of getting set up to sell on amazon.com and there was much confusion around the legal conditions to meet for a foreign seller. I thought you need to have a company that consists of at least 2 directors. But reading your post gives me hope again that I can even do this with a sole proprietorship.

    I just checked for the 10BEN form you where mentioning in your article and I am having problems finding it. It seems like they changed the name.

    Since I don’t want to mix up things at the beginning: can you tell me under which name this form is available now?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Cheers
    Sven

    ps: if anyone else has this information, I would really much appreciate sharing it… I guess it might help a lot of people. thx.

  • meehs

    March 29, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    Thank you for the informative blog.

    I am from Dubai, UAE and would like to sell in Amazon. You mentioned that “Your country uses currency supported by Amazon. Click here to see the list. This is not an issue for most English speaking countries or non English speaking European countries.”

    I cannot find UAE Dirham on the list. Does this mean I cannot sell from here?

    Please help. Thanks a lot.

    • Mark Adams

      March 29, 2016

      Google amazon approved countries to see which countries amazon will work with. If you live in a non approved country then look at payoneer to establish a bank account in the US

      • Mark Adams

        March 29, 2016

        I can’t speak for requirements in other countries but you don’t have to be a corporation to sell on amazon. If you can’t find the form you mentioned look for an EIN number as that identifies your business for US tax purposes. Good luck

  • Timo Hofstee

    March 25, 2016

    Hi there, I’m in France, selling already throughout Europe and want to expand now to the US (with FBA). In your article you write”In future articles I’ll touch on how to ship to Amazon from outside the US”. That’s something I haven’t figures out yet. Would be interested to read these articles (if already written).

    Thank you

  • andy

    March 22, 2016

    Hi Mark,,

    Could you please tell me what implies having an EIN. I mean, I’m outside America and want to sell on amazon.com, so I am going to ask for an EIN, and I was wondering if US gov was going to send me taxes to pay because of this EIN??

    I already pay taxes for my business in my country (and I will continue to do it on my amazon.com revenues) but if I’m also taxed by US govnt it’s a bit tough…

    So getting an EIN is easy, I know, but what are the consequences as soon as you get one concerning taxes?
    Thanks a lot for your help

    • Mark Adams

      March 22, 2016

      Andy:

      All an EIN number is for is a reference number when you pay US taxes. Income generated in the US is supposed to have taxes, but in reality most non US citizens don’t pay them.

      • andy

        March 23, 2016

        Thanks for the info Mark, you’re kind to have taken your time to reply. Have a nice day

    • John

      April 7, 2016

      Most USA citizens file an annual federal return for their EIN. It’s the law. It typically takes the IRS two years to begin an investigation for failure to file a tax return, questions regarding a return, or in this case fraudulent tax return.
      And EIN is not unlike a Social Security number for a business. You cannot apply for an EIN without a verifiable identification number.
      Call the IRS you’re taking instruction here, I would also suggest suggest researching international tax fraud.

  • Faisal

    March 21, 2016

    Hi Mark-i have recently investigated selling on Amazon UK,but it seems impossible as you have to have a company registered and a Credit Card issued by a British Bank.

    What confuses me is that selling on the US site is possible for a South African like myself,but too much red tape for selling on Amazon UK.

    Your views on this will be appreciated-Thanks

    • Mark Adams

      March 22, 2016

      There may be different requirements for people from different countries to sell in the UK, but as US citizen, I can use my US credit card and bank. I would contact amazon to verify your countries requirements. Good luck

  • qasem

    March 20, 2016

    hello
    i am from jordan and i almost understood everything and i have EIN
    but the thing i do not understand is that i want to buy stuff from china to FBA amazon but i read some stuff about labeling what is it and what should i do?

    • Mark Adams

      March 20, 2016

      Hi Qasem:

      Once you set up your account and product, Amazon would give you a FNSKU barcode. You would then have that applied to the each package. That’s about it.

  • Hatem Hossam

    March 20, 2016

    I am an Egyptian residing in Cairo, Egypt. And I want to sell Egyptian handmade artifacts,on Amazon FBA, how is this possible?

    • Mark Adams

      March 20, 2016

      Hello Hatem:

      It would be not different that selling any other item, you would just need to set up a US account. However, since your items are handmade you might want to look at etsy.com good luck

  • Lyudmila

    March 15, 2016

    Hi Mark, I am from Bulgaria and about to start trading on Amazon.com. My question is how do I pay sales tax in the US or does Amazon take care of that? Do I have to file any tax returns in the US about the sales tax?

    • Mark Adams

      March 15, 2016

      Hi Lyudmila:

      Although non US citizens are supposed to pay taxes for profits in the US, I believe most do not. If you go to IRS.gov (US tax agency) they can give you a better overview of the requirements of paying taxes.

  • Judy

    March 14, 2016

    Hi, I live outside the US too and starting out to sell on amazon. Many people have issues of payment, payoneer has helped me out with this, check it out.

    https://share.payoneer.com/nav/a25AMoAf7J6DD5Ei8r0moPg7s–an5-8N_Jt-ILmaHJnWsIHjtcm1545tqEH3YasGSG5kjkNf-8VcF6TXhEQlQ2

  • Eugene

    March 8, 2016

    Hey Mark.
    My name is Eugene. And thanks for your blog.
    Im writing you from far Russia)
    I just knew what I can sell goods under my private label. And I understood almost everything, I guess.
    But I didnt find the answer of one of my questions.
    I want to buy goods in China and sent them to Amazon’s warehouses in the US.
    Do I need to pay any custom taxes? For example. In my country if I import something into it over 1000 euros I must pay custom taxes and also if its
    not for personal use.
    Im a non-resident of the US.

    • Mark Adams

      March 8, 2016

      hi Eugene:

      I bring in lots of small order so I have never had to pay additional customs taxes. Its my understanding that if the the cost of your items excluding shipping is under $2500 you don’t need to pay an additional customs taxes

  • Jeffrey Tamondong

    March 5, 2016

    Hi mark.

    Thank you for your wonderful post.

    I am from the philippines. Applying for credit card here is very easy but getting approved is a diff story.

    Do debit card work on this?

    • Mark Adams

      March 6, 2016

      I’n not sure about a debit card. The easiest thing to do is just Ask Amazon…

  • Trista

    March 3, 2016

    Hi Mark!

    I am from Canada currently selling on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and would like to look into selling to Europe. Is it possible to do so from Canada?

    Thanks

    • Mark Adams

      March 3, 2016

      Yes, you can sell in any amazon market from anywhere

  • Castor

    February 25, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for this useful site.

    I’ve gone through all of the questions and answers here, but all seem to assume that you use Amazon FBA. What if you don’t want to use Amazon FBA, but instead ship from your own country (outside the US). Is that feasible when selling on Amazon.com?

    Castor

    • Mark Adams

      February 25, 2016

      I guess you could..but why would you. You would not be able to take advantage of prime and the listing advantage that being an FBA seller provides you. The percentage that amazon charges is a fraction of what an individual or even medium ecommerce company can do the same work for.

  • Johan

    February 23, 2016

    Hi Mark and others.

    I am South African and just want to share my progress registering with FBA via Payoneer, because by reading the comments it seems to be a common struggle.

    1)Payoneer registration went smoothly, they give you a US bank account to receive payments via the “US Payments Service” option.

    2)What they don’t give you is a US physical address, which you need if your country isn’t listed on Amazon’s drop down list (such as South Africa).
    From inspecting a Payoneer forum post, it looks like people use the actual Payoneer physical address, which a member posted as:

    Payoneer, Inc.
    150 West 30th Street,
    Suite 500, New York, NY 10001

    I’m trying this address out. Mark let us know if you perhaps think this is a bad idea.

    3) On FBA you then need a Credit card for billing, such as Mastercard. Same problem, a billing address is required and my country is not on the drop down list. Seems very convoluted if you ask me, since I already have a local Mastercard that would have worked.

    Nevertheless, to get round this, Payoneer offers a US Mastercard. NB you have to register for it using a different account. Payoneer then ships the card to you which takes a couple of weeks.

    I’m busy waiting for my Mastercard shipment. Mark? Anyone going through similar process? And is there perhaps a more efficient way?

    Thanks

    • Mark Adams

      February 24, 2016

      Johan: Thank you for you information. It is more difficult that is should be…but unfortunately necessary if you’re in an unapproved country. But is will be worth it in the end.

  • Jan

    February 20, 2016

    Hello Mark

    Thank you for this very useful article.
    Right now I am searching for information regarding this topic. There are conflicting information on internet so I am starting to be really confused.

    I am from Australia and about to start to sell on Amazon FBA.

    Do I need EIN number?

    Thank you:)

    Jan

    • Mark Adams

      February 21, 2016

      Hi Jan:

      The EIN number is really for when you pay US taxes. Amazon seems to ask for it during account creation for some periods and then not for a while. But its simple to get at IRS.gov

    • Carissa

      February 27, 2016

      Hi Jan (i hope this reaches you, apologies Mark)

      I’m from Aus and currently in the process of getting on board with amazon also.

      Would be great to liaise and compare notes with you!
      Look forward to hearing from you. Carissa
      carissagray00@gmail.com

  • Frank

    February 19, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    I am writing from Germany and ended up on your blog while searching more informations about “how to starting a company in the USA as a non resident”. Well, as a german citizen I know the meaning of bureaucracy and paperwork, but there is one major question I did not get any answer in the internet yet. Maybe you could help me with that step.

    We sometimes hear crazy stories from the USA. For example, if someone burns his mouth on a hot coffee, he can sue the company for millions. If you as a resident start a small business in the US, which kind of insurane do you have to sign, where cases like above are getting covered. Is a LLC resistant against cases like that?

    An other question would be, I am still living in Germany, I want to send my goods directly to the amazon for FBA. For example, one of my customers is that kind of black sheep, who is burning his mouth, which insurance has to pay. The one I have in Germany or is it possible to get one as o non resident in the US. German insurances charge heaps of money, if they have to cover the risk of the US market.

    Thanks for your help

    best regards

    Frank

    • Mark Adams

      February 21, 2016

      Anything legal should always involve a consultation with a laywer, but to try and provide my thoughts. The stories of consumers suing are very, very small and usually directed toward larger companies with millions of assets to pursue.

      However product liability insurance can always be purchased. You do not have to be a corporation to open a seller account, but if you would liek to change, you can become a corporation at any time in the future

      You can have your items shipped directly to amazon and they would not have to come to Germany. Good luck

  • John Dennis

    February 18, 2016

    Hi Mark,
    I live in South Africa and dont see my country as listed on the amazon site to be able to sell from. How can I get around that, if at all?

    Kind regards,
    John Dennis

    • Mark Adams

      February 18, 2016

      Hi John:

      You can sell from anywhere. You would just need a bank account from an approved country. take a look at payoneer.com good luck

  • Gabriel

    February 16, 2016

    Hello Mark,

    Im from Dominican Republic and I am almost ready to launch. I was trying to create the EIN number but when I am in the process it asks me for a SSN(Social Security Number) I am not american therefore I do not have one.

    How do I proceed?

    Thanks,

    Gabriel

    • Mark Adams

      February 18, 2016

      There should be a section that asks if you’re a non US citizen. If you check that it should take you through a process that does not ask for a SS number. If not email them and see what the process is.

  • Ricardo

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    I have watched some of your videos on Youtube, great content, thanks for putting it out there to help people.

    I currently live in Brazil, we source from China shipping containers by boat selling to our internal market, I was amazed by the sales volume on Amazon looking at some of their data and have decided I wanna be part of that market.

    Although I have reached a brick wall, my idea, buy from the factories I already buy for my operation in Brazil, ship the container to the US, now comes the problem.

    I called some custom brokers today and they all told me Amazon cannot be the importer nor myself or my Brazilian company as we don’t have a social security number or tax registration in the US making it impossible for them to clear customs.

    How do you bypass this situation? Have you any experience with the described scenario?

    Again, amazing work you are doing helping so many people.

    Best Regards.

    Ric

    • Ricardo

      February 15, 2016

      I figured it out, got the EIN number. Thank you.

      • Loni

        March 5, 2016

        Hey please can you tell me how solve the problem with SS form , how did u get the EIN if u dont have SSN?

        I am having the same problem, it say that i have to make the applciation by phone , did u do in this way ?

  • Lebert Gordon

    February 13, 2016

    Hello Mark, I live in Jamaica and its not an amazon approved selling country nor do we have social security numbers..what do you suggest?

    • Mark Adams

      February 15, 2016

      See the previous comments about payoneer.com

  • Levan

    February 10, 2016

    Hi Mark

    I live in Georgia(country, not US state), Tbilisi and in amazon site Bank Locations there is no Georgian bank. What can do?

    • Mark Adams

      February 10, 2016

      Take a look at payoneer.com They may be able to help. Good luck

      • SHJ

        February 23, 2016

        Is payoneer legal? As far as I know amazon can cancel your account if detects payments through payoneer. Have you any information about that?

        • Mark Adams

          February 23, 2016

          Legal advice should come from lawyers. However thousands of people use payoneer. If you ever have specific concerns, then simply contact amazon and ask them…

  • Jaims

    February 4, 2016

    Love your blog!

    I am a US citizen and seller on amazon.com, we are looking in to growing our company to sell on amazon.co.uk, I have a students visa but no working permit, what are the legal requirements for me to sell products there?,
    Is there any details with the VAT and alike?

    Thank you

    • Mark Adams

      February 5, 2016

      Hi Jaims:

      I find it hard to give legal advice, even if well intended….

      But regarding setting up to sell in the UK is not that much different that selling in the US.

      The marketing strategies to sell there and in all of Europe are different, but htat’s a whole other topic.

      You would just need to apply for the VAT you mentioned and as far as I know, nothing else…

      • Ross Whitt

        April 12, 2016

        Hi Jaims, I live in Ireland and sell in the UK. You don’t need a working visa or permit etc to the best of my knowledge.

        However, you will need a VAT number to get the goods through customs as you will have to pay VAT (20% goods plus shipping ) and import duty (depending on product) on entry. An Irish VAT number works for me but I am trying to get a UK one at the moment. HMRC are a bit funny about giving out VAT numbers as apparently people are always applying to use them and so avoid paying customs on entry. You are technically obliged to get one as a non resident selling and warehousing in the UK so they will give you one. Phone HMRC and explain and they will tell you how.

        Alternatively you could set up UK company for about £30 and they provide you an address and then apply for company VAT number.

        Do you have to pay customs and duties on entry through US customs? I am thinking of starting to sell there?

  • Imran

    February 3, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    I want to sell on Amazon.co.uk but they are requesting for Bank Account in UK. I am living in UAE. Can you please tell me the possible solution.

    Regards,
    Imran

    • Mark Adams

      February 3, 2016

      Take a look at payoneer.com Haven’t looked at them in awhile, but I believe you can use them for a UK bank account. Good luck.

  • Patrick Constantin

    January 26, 2016

    Hello Markt,
    French and leaving in France I am interest to start dropshipping on Amazon and Ebay with a company like Sunrise Wholesale or others..( From France) for the U.S market.
    What do you think about it?
    Thank you for your response.
    Best regards.
    Patrick

    • Mark Adams

      January 26, 2016

      I’m not a fan of drop shipping…the margins are too low and you have no control over the brand or inventory. Private labeling allows you to control all of that.

  • Rizwana

    January 17, 2016

    Hi Mark,
    i m currently in India and want to sell my products in india only i will be sourcing from china my query is while having my accoount at amazon.in can I use FBA at china so that I can supply the products from there it self instead bringing first to india then shipping from here.
    hope you have understand my query !!!
    thanx

    rizwana

  • senait

    January 10, 2016

    Hello Mark,

    I have listened a couple of your videos to know you may be the person to do a one on one with.

    I have one FBA product on Amazon.ca ranking on first page for its major key words. It got to 1st page after 2 weeks of its listing date. I also have that unified NA account so my questions at this point is strictly with product selection to achieve a sales target than how to do FBA or account related information.

    One of your wonderful videos has a demo of product selection, which I benefited from to rank. However my product is not selling as much as I expected it to sell. I am not certain there is much to do but be patient for this one. My question to you is: would I be able to use a 1 hour one on one to help me select a product? It does say you would “validate” a selection ..

    I do see the potential In FBA, am fairly confident on how to rank, I am very much committed and do have a bit to invest on new products. Need mentorship. Should I go ahead and order your service?

    Ps: I chose amazon.ca thinking the competition is lower and wanted to get my feet wet…

    • Mark Adams

      January 11, 2016

      Hi Senait:

      Great news that you ranked so quickly!

      My coaching is personalized to each call. We can discuss anything you like. In most calls I help people validate their market and product and make suggestions on how to improve their listing and sales. I look forward to talking with you.

      Go to http://MarkScottAdams.com/coaching

      • senait

        January 11, 2016

        Excited to get this going Mark. Will do.

        • Mark Adams

          January 18, 2016

          If you mean can you get your products made and sold in India, then sure. If you mean will they ship to your customers directly in India then no. You would have to have them sent to warehouses in India first.

  • Rafael Pozzobon

    December 14, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    I was trying to obtain the EIN, to start selling trough de Amazon FBA, but is kind tricky to obtain nowadays.

    I’m from Brazil, do you have any tips to obtain the EIN number with the IRS.

    Thanks.

    • Mark Adams

      December 14, 2015

      The EIN number is for US taxes. Sometimes Amazon asks for it when you set up an account, sometimes they don’t. I have no way of seeing what is involved in setting up a US account as a on US citizen. If you are having difficulties, you could always contact the IRS directly. Good luck

  • Marijana

    November 26, 2015

    Hello Mark,

    My company is registered in Slovenia. Can I sell on Amazon in 5 EU countries?

    Thanks
    M

    • Mark Adams

      November 26, 2015

      Yes, anyone can sell in any amazon country from anywhere. good luck

      • Tobi

        December 3, 2015

        Hello Mark,

        My company is base in Canada but we want to target the US customers. So we are thinking of selling on Amazon. I am wodering if it is necessary to have a US Amazon account in order to sell my products in US? Or can I just create an Amazon.ca account and then list my products in the US marketplace?

        Thank you very much

        • Mark Adams

          December 4, 2015

          Hi Tobi:

          Before you open a US account, go to amazon and search unified account for north america. That may be what you’re looking for. Good luck.

  • Katja

    November 22, 2015

    Hi Mark!

    I am from Slovenija and I really need your help: I want to sell some wireless electronic products I ordered from China. First: When I created a new product listing I couldn t get through to make a plan for an FBA shipping. I get the following message: “Missing catalog entry. This product is missing necessary information; please add the necessary product information for your home country marketplace.” I know whuch info is necessary and is not missing anything. I read that I should maybe wait for 48 hours and try again, but what if I get this message again? Is it really necessary to open an account in european marketplace even if I dont want to just because I “have to?” create a listing in my own country marketplace? I just would like to sell products first on Amazon.com.

    Second: I have never used FBA before, but I want to. When and if I will create a shipping plan, will they tell me which warehouse to send to? Do I have to have an agent or somebody in the USA?

    Thank you for your answer in advance. I would really like to hear from you.

    • Mark Adams

      November 23, 2015

      Hi Katju:

      If you are having tech difficulties with Amazon, I would suggest contacting them….

      When you set up your shipment for delivery they will tell you what warehouse to send your items. Good luck

    • Dejan

      January 22, 2016

      Hej pozdravljena.
      Tudi sam sem v fazi pošiljanja pošiljke iz kitajske v Ameriko. Če hočeš si lahko izmenjava informacije.
      piši mi na smartkey2016(at) gmail.com
      Se slisiva

  • Pavel Sacha

    November 19, 2015

    Hi Mark.
    I am already ordering products from Chinese supplier to send to Amazon but have one issue where I am not sure.
    There is supposed to be name of manufacturer or dealer or importer on a label or user manual coming with product to the end customer. As I am an individual seller from the Czech Republic selling a product under my private brand what should I place on the label? Just name of my private brand? It is no legal company name. Just fictive brand name.
    Many thanks for your help.

    • Mark Adams

      November 20, 2015

      Hi Pavel:

      You would need your company name on the product. You would also need the fnsku amazon bar code that the manufacturer can put on each item or amazon can put on.

  • Yuriy Deyneko

    November 17, 2015

    Can you please provide a link for 10-Ben form.
    I hope to sell tilt shift adapter from Ukraine on Amazon.

  • Shamseer

    November 10, 2015

    Hi Mark,
    I am from India and residing in UAE, can i register to sell in Amazon FBA using my Indian bank account and credit card details as UAE is not in the list?

    • Mark Adams

      November 10, 2015

      Yes, I believe that would work… Good luck

      • Taslim

        November 14, 2015

        Dear Mark,

        I am from Bangladesh but now living in U.A.E. I have small business in Bangladesh. I registered on amazon as professional account but not completed for major information.Bangladesh is approved by amazon for seller but it is not listed for bank account even ACCS list. As I am presently in U.A.E
        – Can I use UAE bank account debit card for my az account charge?
        – Can I use someone else’s master card?
        – Which bank account should I use?I have payoneer account. Should I use this as bank info?
        – My home business is under my father name and also TIN and trade license. Can I use it for tax info? or I need to get new license?
        – Which phone number should I use Bangladesh or UAE(as I am present here)

        Kindly advice.

      • Mark Adams

        November 16, 2015

        Hi taslim:

        You have a lot of different things going on in regards to location, etc. I would hate to tell you any thing wrong. If I were you I would simply call or contact Amazon and let them sort out all of the details. That way you know you’re doing everything the right way…good luck.

  • Rashid

    November 8, 2015

    I am in Saudi Arabia , what do I need to sell in Amazon. I have quite some products that I believe will do well, kindly advise?

    • Mark Adams

      November 9, 2015

      Hi Rashid:

      I don’t believe Saudi Arabia is an Amazon approved selling country. So you would need a bank account in an approved country and then the other things mentioned in the article. There are many sellers on Amazon who live in non approved countries. A little harder but still doable. Good luck.

  • Alok

    November 4, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    As a Canadian who wants to sell into the US, it seems that I’d have to do these steps in order to get things going:

    a) get a pro seller account .ca
    b) get EIN # and W8 Ben form
    c) According to you, I can use my Canadian bank account, just have a US dollar one
    d) get US address for Returns (probably a freight forwarder)
    e) use a US Prep and SHip service (in a no sales tax state)
    f) TaxJar account to handle sales nexus just in case Or I don’t need to do this?

    then source US suppliers and ship to US prep and ship service…

    thanks!

    • Mark Adams

      November 5, 2015

      You would want to check with amazon on this….I do not know all of the specifics from countries outside of the US. However, I believe you could open a Canadian account and there is something amazon has called a unified account where you could have one account for the US and Ca. That make make things easier for you. With that account you could sell in both the US and CA. Give them a call and ask them to explain that to you. That should get you started…good luck

  • Hamid

    November 3, 2015

    Dear Scott,
    I am from Pakistan and I want to start selling products on Amazon FBA. I have a payoneer account, bank no and master card. But, what should I do when Amazon asks about a mailing address, credit card number and a valid phone number to verify the account? From where can I get these things?

    Thanks,

    • Mark Adams

      November 5, 2015

      It was my understanding that Payoneer provided those things for you. However, I have heard that Amazon may no longer accept payoneer credit cards. I would contact payoneer and ask them what they suggest. If they can’t provide these things, then I’m sure they have a suggestion of who can. Good luck

  • Marc

    October 25, 2015

    Hi there,

    I just registered with amazon.com US and I live outside the US but I was never asked for an EIN or whatsoever. I can now access my own seller central page. Though I have not added any product to sell yet. Was there anything wrong with my registration?

    • Mark Adams

      October 25, 2015

      Hi Mark: No, you’re fine. The EIN is for US income tax purposes…You would need the EIN for that

    • Raheel

      November 2, 2015

      Hi Marc,

      You would need EIN for open your business bank account in USA for Amazon to transfer your earnings. Don’t send anything to Amazon until you get your bank setup properly. May I ask where do you reside?

      • Mark Adams

        November 3, 2015

        If you live in an Amazon approved country you can also have your bank account in your home country. I live in the US, state of North Carolina.

    • Muhammad Hamza

      November 7, 2015

      Hey mark, I am also from Pakistan. I also wanted to know what mailing address do I give to them as Pakistan is not in the list..

      • Mark Adams

        November 7, 2015

        You would use a US address

  • Mario Kunze

    October 23, 2015

    Hi there Mark,

    I truly love your blog and I am big fan of your coaching.

    While reading one of your articles I saw this: “A US EIN number. You don’t have to be a corporation and have any type of legal status in the US to get this number. You simply fill out online form 10-BEN on the IRS.gov website (Internal Revenue Service which is the US government tax collection agency)”

    Here is what we do: We are based in Germany and want to sell items via FBA in Illinois. My question is, do we have to be a legal corporation in the US and write invoices with sales tax included from Illinois or is it enough to be a legal entity in Germany and sell to US customers and including Invoices from Germany?

    Appreciate your help.
    Best, Mario.

    • Mark Adams

      October 23, 2015

      Hi Mario:

      Thank you for your kind comments….

      This can all be a little confusing…but the EIN is just to pay federal income taxes.

      Regarding a legal entity you should be able to set up as a individual or corporation as a non US citizen or company.

      Sales taxes can be tricky and many people have different opinions on how that should be set up. Mario, the last thing I was to do is give legal or specific accounting advice. So i would suggest contacting an US accountant for that specific part of your questions.

      But hope that helps and good luck on your amazon business….

  • Attique

    October 22, 2015

    While trying to get EIN number, I found these terms: You may apply for an EIN online if your principal business is located in the United States or U.S. Territories.
    The person applying online must have a valid Taxpayer Identification Number (SSN, ITIN, EIN).
    I am not located in US neither have SSN number. Is there any way out?

    • Mark Adams

      October 22, 2015

      I believe there is a section there to start or fill out your information as a non US citizen….Try that. If that doesn’t work, call or email them.

  • Attique

    October 22, 2015

    Hi Mark! Such a nice and awesome post. After reading it, I went to sign up for a seller account on Amazon. I’m a small manufacturer from Pakistan. But I don’t find Pakistan in the countries’ list when putting in address. What to do?

  • Aminuddin Mohamad

    October 20, 2015

    Hi Mark, I live in Southeast Asia specifically in Malaysia and wanted to start selling on Amazon. I have a friend in France who’s studying there and I’ve been thinking of using his credit card/bank account which is HSBC Bank if I’m not mistaken and wanted to open an Amazon.co.uk for the EU marketplace and Amazon.com for the US marketplace. Is it possible to do so? And would that mean I have to open a payoneer.com account for the US/EU service for US EIN numbers and taxation and all the money transferring?

    Thank you Mark!

    • Mark Adams

      October 22, 2015

      The last thing I want to do is tell you something wrong. With all of the different places involved, I think the best thing to do is contact payoneer and ask them how to best proceed.

    • Mark Adams

      October 24, 2015

      Its always hard for e to give tax or legal advice, but since France is an Amazon approved country you could use a french bank account to sell in any amazon market. I wouldnt think it would be that hard to transfer money from a French bank to your local bank

      Hope that helps…

  • Anurag Goenka

    October 18, 2015

    Dear Mark
    I am a furnishings manufacturer in India and want to register as a seller on Amazon.Should I register on the Indian version or the global/U.S version

    Anurag

    • Mark Adams

      October 18, 2015

      Hi Anurag: If you want to sell in the US then open a US account. If you want to sell in India, that would be a separate account where you you register there. Good luck.

  • Mr I Boruk

    October 2, 2015

    HI I have very unique situation, and need your advice. I am US based company that sales since 2009 on ALL Amazon platforms in US, Canada and all amazon in EU. Unfortunately for US bank system regulations we buy most of our goods from Pakistan and in the past due to our high volume business and wire transfers to Pakistan few of US banks ( TD, Chase and others ) closed our business accounts. Can you recommend any banks outside of US that can establish a business bank account for US company ( under our current US company name ) and can work with Amazon’s ….we do not want to setup any off sure company’s and etc. Thank you an advance.

    • Mark Adams

      October 2, 2015

      Payoneer.com may be an option…good luck

  • zagham

    September 30, 2015

    Hello Sir

    i have payoneer card to use with Amazon Seller Account but my country Pakistan is not listed in regestrataion of Amazon Seller. Could you please let me know how i can register an account for amazon seller ?

    • Mark Adams

      September 30, 2015

      Payoneer should also be able to set up a US address for you that you could use to register…

  • Matjaz

    September 21, 2015

    Maybe this is a kind of unusuall question, but I’ve got a new idea. I have many very interesting project to work on and to sell them on Amazon and on other platforms. So I have a question: is it possible to get an agent and where, for selling my products? Or not worth it to do this in such way?

    Thanks for advice.

    • Mark Adams

      September 21, 2015

      Sure, you can get an agent if you wish. Many people do that themselves, some outsource it. It can be pricey for the smaller quantities that most sellers order. Good luck

      • Matjaz

        September 23, 2015

        Mark, can you propose where to find them? I’m searching on https://www.freelancer.com platform, but not sure I’m on right place…

        • Mark Adams

          September 23, 2015

          why don’t you do a simple google search under buyers agent china…

  • Matjaz

    September 11, 2015

    Mark,

    I have 2 possibilities:

    1. Sell as professional
    2. Sell as individual

    If I sell as individual for my company – is it possible to sell with bank account and not with my credit card or paypal?

    • Mark Adams

      September 11, 2015

      I believe all accounts need a credit card to get started. Its so Amazon can charge you any fees that may be required.

      • Matjaz

        September 11, 2015

        I understand concernig paying, but how can I get the money if I sell something? You mentioned somewhere SWIFT but can’t remember were… If I’d te get the money from the customers this wouldn’t go with creadit card. I think…

  • Ananie Niyibizi

    September 10, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve been struggling for days to open an Amazon selling account, and i stumbled on this post of you, and I think it’s the help I’ve been looking for.

    Thank you very much!

    Ananie

    • Mark Adams

      September 10, 2015

      Thanks for the kind words Ananie. Good luck.

  • Patrick

    September 7, 2015

    Hi Mark, I live in Ghana, West Africa. I tried to sign up as an Amazon seller but when it came to entering visa card info, I discovered my country isn’t even included in the list of countries to be selected. Is there any work around this situation. Do I have to acquire a US physical address, like it used to be in the past as you explained in your article? I’ve got great products that I believe will sell well on Amazon.

    • Mark Adams

      September 8, 2015

      Hi Patrick:

      Once solution may be Payoneer.com they can provide you with physical US address and US credit card and bank info. Good luck!

  • Sara

    September 3, 2015

    Hello Mark and thank you for a great Info!

    I live in switzerland and would like to sell on Amazon. Does it make sense if I sell on US Version or the UK one?

    I have seen something like VAT on the UK one and have no idea what it exactly is?

    Do you have any recommendation?
    Would appreciate your help

    Thank you

    • Mark Adams

      September 3, 2015

      Hi Sara:

      That is really seller’s choice. There is no right or wrong way to go about that. VAT is the tax in the UK. I live in the US, but if I lived in Europe, I would probably start off in the UK or Germany since they are the biggest European markets and just because its somewhat local. You can always expand into other markets in the future. Good luck on whatever you choose.

  • Matjaz

    August 27, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    I am an owner of my company which is in EU (country Slovenia). I’m going to sell from EU to US, using DHL or something. The selling product has a price between 50$ and 100$, but I plan to sell lot of them.

    You mentioned “US EIN number”. The problem is that I can’t see any reason to get this. I did not open an item on Amazon yet, so I would like to know if Amazon require this number?

    Thanks for response and have a successfull business.

    • Mark Adams

      August 27, 2015

      the EIN number is used to pay US taxes. In the past Amazon has asked for this number when you are opening your account. Recently I don’t think they do for non US citizens. If they ask for the number when you are opening the account then simply get one to proceed. Good luck

      • Matjaz

        August 27, 2015

        Thanks for fast response. I’ve been talked with my local customs here, and they say that goods with the price under 1000€ are duty free and I don’t need to pay taxes in my local country. I’m not sure but somewhere I’ve read that US duty free are under 3000$. This is logic: if I sell goods in my country (my state) I have to pay taxes, otherwise no, and goods are subject of duty. But goods above 3000$ or 1000€ are not tax free. But, please use this as my opinion only until I sell something. We’ll be in touch.

        • Charlie

          November 6, 2015

          Matjaz,

          we are from the same country and in the similar position. I have opened Professional Seller Account on Amazon.us and sent my first shipment to prep company in the US. Today my items have to be prepared for shipping to FBA. How did you arrange things with taxes?

        • Dejan

          January 22, 2016

          Hey there,
          Im also from the same country 🙂
          maybe we could help each other with some info.
          smartkey2016(at) gmail.com
          Hej pozdravljena.
          Se slisimo

  • Sean

    August 24, 2015

    Hi Mark, any follow up on this topic? I would be interested to hear your advice and suggestions on how to ship products to Amazon.

    • Mark Adams

      August 24, 2015

      Hi Sean: Thanks for the question. Will probably do that in the near future….

  • Ricardo Brandao

    August 22, 2015

    Hi,

    I’m from Brazil and I’m trying to find out how to sell on Amazon FBA.

    As I could noticed, it’s just send my products to Amazon and they deal with storage and shipment when some user buy my product. Is that correct?

    If correct, do you know how to deal with import taxes? I mean, I’m exporting products from Brazil to US, I imagine there is some taxes to put my products in US. Am I correct?

    Thanks

    Ricardo

    • Mark Adams

      August 22, 2015

      Hi Ricardo:

      Typically there is no additional import taxes on shipments under $2500. However, each country may have specific differences and different trade agreements with the United States. I would check with your shipping company. They will know the specifics for your particular country and shipment. Good luck

      • Ricardo Brandao

        August 25, 2015

        Thanks Mark

        So, without considering the issue of taxes and export rules, just send (export) products to Amazon and they deal with storage, shipment and so on?

        Ricardo

        • Mark Adams

          August 25, 2015

          Hi Ricardo:

          Yes, its Amazon’s FBA program which means fulfullment by Amazon. It’s an ideal program for an individual or small business. I have some free training that would help you learn more at http://MarkScottAdams.com/free-training or click the free training link at the top of the page. Good luck!

          • Ricardo Brandao

            August 25, 2015

            Thank you again, Mark.

  • Nicola

    August 13, 2015

    Good day my country Jamaica Is not supported by Amazon how can i sell on Amazon if my country is not listed?

    • Mark Adams

      August 13, 2015

      You could use a serivice like payoneer.com They can provide address and banking services for people who are not in approved countries. Good luck.

      • Paul

        September 8, 2015

        I have tried to signup as well, they now say they do not accept pre-paid cards. How else can I setup the account now that the only way I can have a usa billing address is through payoneer?

        • Mark Adams

          September 8, 2015

          Paul:

          This is where payoneer would come into play

  • besnik

    July 23, 2015

    Hi Mark, I’m Besnik, i live in Kosovo, i had i seller account on amazon.com i sold some item I also recived some money by using payoneer. But then amazon sent me an email and asked from me to provide my tax id, i dont have one because i am not a Us-citizen, then they removed my account. Is there any way to reestablish my seller account and star selling again in amazon.com, or if i have to pay taxes, i would pay, but i dont know how, can you help me what to do please.
    Thank you

    • Mark Adams

      July 24, 2015

      Hi Besnik: The simple solution would be to find out exactly what amazon is asking for and go to IRG.gov and get the required tax ID number. That should hopefully solve the issue. Good luck

  • Ray

    July 15, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for all your guidance, I have subscribed to your youtube channel and you have broadened my knowledge significantly!

    I am from the UK and I have been identifying various products that are selling well and meet the criteria I require, both on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

    My question is, which site would you recommend me to use? Is Amazon US far bigger than Europe? I plan to use the FBA process of shipping my inventory from China to Amazon.

    Thanks again,

    Ray

    • Mark Adams

      July 16, 2015

      Hi Ray:

      I have quite a few members who are from the UK. Some sell in the UK, some in the US and some in both. There is not right or wrong way. Howerver, if it were me I would start in my own country and go through the learning curve and then expand to other countries. Good luck on whatever you decide!

  • stefany

    July 6, 2015

    Hey Mark thanks for the great post. I’m interested in selling on Amazon FBA but as a newbie and a non U.S resident I actually do not know what Items will be the most profitable. I do not know If I should purchase stuff online or if I should send in stuff from my country. Can you please give me some advise? And if I purchase locally, What should I look for when buying because I want it to sell.

    Thanks in advance

    Stefany

    • Mark Adams

      July 6, 2015

      Hi Stefany:

      Thanks for your questions. Everyone has to start somewhere.

      I have some free-training that is available that will help answer all of your questions.

      That would be a good place to start. Go to http://MarkScottAdams.com/free-training

      Good luck.

      Mark

  • romina

    June 30, 2015

    Hello Mark,
    Thank you so much for the info!
    I live in Argentina, but i don’t see it listed on the “currency supported by Amazon list”
    I have a USA account (not under my name)

    Do i have to ask for a regular USA tax # ?
    or i should create a US EIN number ?
    Please explain me a little more about the taxes that i will have to pay, or amazon does it authomaticaly? porcentage?
    Thank you!

    • Mark Adams

      July 1, 2015

      Hi Romina:

      The EIN number is needed for non US citizens when you pay taxes for US income. Non US citizens are supposed to pay taxes on their Amazon income, but I suspect most don’t.

  • Noel Griffin

    June 26, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    I am just writing to let you know that I have just signed up for Amazon.com!! 🙂
    AND!! I DID NOT need an EIN or ITIN number!!
    I signed up using my UK bank account and credit card along with my Thai address.
    In the Tax Interview section, you fill out the W-8 form which doesn’t ask for an EIN/ITIN number!
    I just thought I would tell you this here in case anyone else has concerns about signing up!! Ok, the UK and Thailand are Amazon approved countries but it still shows it can be achieved quite easily!
    Now to start the product search and get going with this!! 🙂

    • Mark Adams

      June 26, 2015

      Good luck on your Amazon business Noel!

    • Phil

      July 11, 2015

      Hey Noel,

      I’m in Thailand too, also from the UK. Are you set up on the UK site at all, or registered as a business/sole trader back home?

      Do you need any of that stuff for the US site or is it way easier?

      I’m nearly done on the UK site but they need a serious amount of stuff, had to set up a business back home for VAT, sort out addresses and a whole host of stuff, still waiting on the last bit of verification, bit I hear the US site is pretty lax.

      I’ll have a look tomorrow and dive in, but plan in using UK first to get my feet wet.

      Best of luck to you mate.

      • Noel Griffin

        July 25, 2015

        Hi Phil,

        No, I’m not set up at all on AZ.co.uk but I have been thinking about it even though I heard they need a lot more info! AZ.com is sooo easy to set up! You don’t even need the EIN number to register but I plan on getting it soon just to be sure.
        Just make sure you register with a different email address to your UK account and any “regular AZ buyer accounts” you have! I heard that Amazon can close your account/s if they see a problem with using the same email address!
        I have actually “eased off” on getting started as I am going back to the UK in October for a month and going to an Amazon Seller course while there. I want to wait till after that to get going so I know for sure I am doing everything correctly! I’m still researching etc so that right after the seminar, I can get moving!!
        By the way, where in Thailand are you? I am currently in Bangkok but planning on moving back to the islands when I return late October! I need the beaches to rest my head!! Ha! If you want to contact me directly, here’s my email address:
        shwallyhooly@gmail.com
        Good luck to you as well and hopefully speak to you again soon!

  • Steven ogun

    June 25, 2015

    Hello,
    First I want to say you are really amazing, my name is Steven from Nigeria, I’ve been following your series and I must say its really helping me. I have an issue now with verifying my Amazon seller account because I don’t have a credit card with one of amazon’s accepted countries and I don’t know how to go about that. Anytime I login to Amazon it keeps saying verify your payment method. I would really love it if you can assist me. Thanks

    • Mark Adams

      June 25, 2015

      Hi Steven:

      Try payoneer.com They could issue you an internation credit card and also other services that can help you set up an Amazon account. Good luck

  • Israel

    June 24, 2015

    Hello Mark, thanks in advance for share your knowledge.

    I’m from Venezuela and I live in Venezuela. I have US bank account and valid credit card, I use Payonner.

    I try to open a seller account in Amazon too… I fill the W-7 form to obtain a ITIN from IRS, but I must attach a valid Tax Return to send to IRS office, but I’m not sure if I need to fill another form like 1040NR-EZ for example… I read in forums that people can attach a letter instead of Tax Return, but some persons said that IRS reject theirs application.

    Please help me… What can I do?

    • Mark Adams

      June 24, 2015

      I would hate to tell you something wrong in legal or tax matters. So the best solution would be to simply contact the IRS and aks them specifically what forms you would need. They should be albe to clearn things up. Good luck.

  • Noel Griffin

    June 23, 2015

    Hi again Mark!!

    I have just tried to apply for a US EIN number through the irs.gov site but the 10-BEN form doesn’t exist!
    Also, the “EIN application assistant” asks for a “SSN/ITIN number” to continue!! Is there a way around this or will I have to get the ITIN first?!
    Thanks for your help.

    Regards,

    Noel

    • Mark Adams

      June 24, 2015

      Hi Noel:

      I try not and advise people on tax or legal matters. I do not want to tell you anthing wrong.

      I would simply contact the IRS and tell them what you are trying to do. They are actually pretty good at giving answers to questions like this.

      Hope that helps.

  • Noel Griffin

    June 23, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    I am from the UK and have been living in Thailand for the last 12 months and I am interested in starting selling on Amazon.com as a Pro Seller.
    I still have a UK bank account but no actual residential address in the UK now. And the condo I am residing at in Thailand is all in my grlfriend’s name at the moment. And I do not intend to return to the UK any time soon!
    Will this make it harder for me to sign up to Amazon.com or do the same requirements that you mentioned above still apply?
    By the way, I am currently going through your free training sessions and seriously conidering signing up for your FBA Headstart program to make sure I do everything correctly for the best possible start!
    Thank you in advance for your advice and help1

    Regards,

    Noel

    • Mark Adams

      June 23, 2015

      Hi Noel:

      You have two options. Thailand is an Amazon approved country. you could use your local Thai address if you wanted. All you would need is a local bank account. That might make it easier to access your funds.
      your
      Or you could use your UK info and bank account. You would just have to transfer money to your Thai account when you needed it. If you used the Thai info you could avoid the banking fees.

      Hope that helps. Good luck.

      Mark

  • zee

    June 1, 2015

    Hi,
    Sir,I am from Pakistan and I want to know that amazon US checks IP addresses or not?Will amazon block,If they see an account with US address and being accessed from Pakistan?

    Thanking in Advance!

    • Mark Adams

      June 1, 2015

      I have members from Pakistan. Its not the IO addresses they are concerned about. You just would have to have a US bank account to set things up. Try going to Payoneer.com to get started. They specialize in opening bank accounts and other for people who live in countries outside of Amazon’s approved list. Good luck.

  • Mohammad Sayem

    May 21, 2015

    Hi Sir, this is Mohammad from Bangladesh. Sir, I have spent such a long time to open an account with Amazon, finding good suppliers, starting a personal eCommerce business etc.

    Now, I have successfully opened account with Amazon US. I know lots of good suppliers in China and in USA. Also, in my country the Leather, jute and clothing products are cheap to made with higher quality so will it be good to make products locally and than send them to Amazon FBA?

    Sir, I am very interested to sell my own PL product on Amazon. I already chosen some great products. But, the problem I am thinking is that as a non us citizen can I send products from China to USA without any license or does USA customs will seized my products?

    I know some parties in USA that are offering to take my products from customs and than they will ship them to Amazon FBA warehouse. Do you think is that will be a good option?

    Sir, sorry for a long message but your recommendation and suggestion is highly appreciated. Hope you will give some of your valuable time to answer my question.

    Thanks,
    Mohammad

    • Mark Adams

      May 21, 2015

      Hi Mohammad:

      Glad to see you’re making progress.

      The US market has things shipped in from all countries everyday from non citizens or non US owned companies. I wouldn’t think that would be an issue.

      You can have your items sent directly to amazon if they are small enough shipments. If your order is valued under $2500 it is very simple getting through customs. However using a freight forwarder as you imply could only make the process go smoother and provide you with less worry.

      There are several factors in your question that could determine the outcome. I would go to the US customs website and simply ask. Good luck

      • Mohammad Sayem

        May 22, 2015

        Thank you so much Sir!

        Sir, one more question- if i PL a product in my country or in china do I need to do copyright, open a LLC or corporation etc?

  • rohan

    May 19, 2015

    Hi Mark ! i am in India want to do FBA at USA amazon. How will i get the money in my Indian bank account? do i need USA address and USA bank account? if yes how do i open a bank account there from India?

    • Mark Adams

      May 19, 2015

      Hi Rohan:

      India is one of amazon’s approved countries. You will need a local bank that accepts ACH (international wire transfers). Amazon will then deposit your funds directly into your account. Good luck!

      • rohan

        May 20, 2015

        Thanks a lot Mark ! one more question – i tried to buy inventory from USA supplier only , but they asked my tax ID. I dont have this ID as i am in India. Do i need this tax ID if i want to buy the inventory from USA or only this particular supplier was asking for it?

        • Mark Adams

          May 20, 2015

          They need that number so they don’t have to charge sales tax. Each state has different laws so I don’t want to tell you something that is not correct.

          I would suggest you contact them and tell them you are from India and ask them how to proceed.

          Good luck.

  • Nigel

    May 17, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for the info here – as always, very useful.

    We are a UK company in the process of getting set up to sell on Amazon US and the instructions on the IRS site states the following on their Q&As:

    If you were incorporated outside of the United States or the U.S. territories, you cannot apply for an EIN online. Please call us at (267) 941-1099 (this is not a toll free number) between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Has this changed then now, as I cannot find the online form 10-BEN you elude to above?

    Thanks

    Nigel

    • Mark Adams

      May 17, 2015

      Nigel:

      Very good question. I’m far from an expert on international tax law. The EIN number is really to set up in Amazon as a non US citizen. I don’t want to tell you something wrong, so my suggestion in this case would be to contact amazon customer service and ask them how to proceed.

      They are very easy to reach and very helpful and responsive.

      Sorry, I couldn’t answer your question, but I would rather say I don’t know that tell you something wrong.

      Good luck…

      Mark

  • Erkan

    May 16, 2015

    I have Canadian address, USA address. I have canadian and usa phone number but im in turkey. i am having problems to send my products to amazon fba centres. ups,dhl or fedex are very expensive. can u give me advise what i can do to send?

    • Mark Adams

      May 16, 2015

      Hi Erkan:

      I presume you are able to ship to Amazon and your question is how to lower your freight costs??? If so, realize air freight can be more than you might expect but in most cases, its still less than when combined with the item amount than creating an item in the US or Canada.

      If your quantities are enough, then maybe you could consider shipped by sea. It will take longer, but be far less expensive.

  • Omer

    May 2, 2015

    Very useful information.. Thanks!

    • Mark Adams

      May 2, 2015

      Thank you Omer!

  • Sajid Ali

    April 27, 2015

    I live in pakistan and I do not have US address and US bank account and any tax information. “Pakistan is not included in the list of countries eligible to sell on amazon.”

    Is it still possible to sell on amazon for me i have asked amazon they said you can’t but i know people are still doing it,

    Could you please advice?

    Do I register US company, get EIN, mailing address and US bank account and how much it cost?

    • Mark Adams

      April 29, 2015

      Hi Sajid:

      You’re right you can sell on Amazon from anywhere in the world, you would just need a US bank account, an international credit card and rent a US address from say a post office. You would then have the money deposited into your US bank and then wired to your Indian bank. A little harder but still doable. Take a look at a company call ed payoneer.com They are designed for set up a US bank for non US citizens. Good luck

  • Jim Sherard

    April 25, 2015

    Hi,

    I have a friend in Thailand (Thai) who would like to sell products from Thailand on Amazon (United States).

    I notice that Thailand is not on the list of currencies accepted by Amazon.

    Is there any way she could still open an account with Amazon and sell products to the U.S. market?

    Thanks very much.

    • Mark Adams

      April 25, 2015

      Hi Jim:

      One solution is to have her open a US bank account with a company like payoneer. She would need to rent a US address like a postal address and still have a credit card, etc. That would make it doable for here.

      • Jim Sherard

        April 26, 2015

        Thanks very much!

  • Liam Williamson

    April 14, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    First of all thank you so much for all of your help and material. I was wondering if you could help me – I am in the UK and I have been using your check list to identify a product that I think would do well. It fits all of the criteria on amazon.co.uk so I have been sourcing it but I have just realised that it does not fit the criteria for amazon.com as there is excess reviews/suppliers in America- do you think your checklist still applies to the UK if I choose only to sell my product there. Or should I start again and try and find another product that fits the criteria on Amazon.com?

    Many many thanks,
    Liam.

    • Mark Adams

      April 14, 2015

      Hi Liam:

      Thank you for you comments…

      Amazon.com (US version of amazon) and the UK version of amazon are similar but different. The UK buyer never goes to the US version, so the amount of reviews there don’t affect the viability of your items potential in the UK. If you feel good about the item in the UK market then go for it. It may even make sense to expand into the other European markets as well.

      Hope that helps…Good luck on your sales, Liam

      Regards,

      Mark

  • Johan Norberg

    February 3, 2015

    Hi Mark,

    I am on your list, and I’ve been following your free 3-part training modules.

    I’m att 38 yrar old gud from Sweden. I have been doing some internet marketing/affiliate marketing on and off since 2009, but läst quite a bit of my investments.

    Is it really possible for me to sell on Amazon.com when living in Sweden? Must I start upp business form first, or can I do it later on when I start profiting sort of speaking?

    And what about taxes, must I pay taxes both in US and Sweden?

    Kind Regards,

    Johan Norberg

    • Mark Adams

      February 3, 2015

      Hi Johan:

      You can sell on Amazon.com (US version of amazon) or any version of Amazon from anywhere. You might first consider selling on one of the European versions of Amazon since you live in Sweden.

      You can start your business as an individual and change into a corporate structure at any time.

      Regarding taxes, if you sell on Amazon.com you would be obligated to pay US income taxes if you make more that “the personal exemption” which is currently $4000 a year for 2015.

      However, I suspect most non US citizens who live outside the US and make money on Amazon do not pay taxes.

      Johan, good luck…the hardest part is to just get started!

      Best…

      Mark

      • Johan Norberg

        February 3, 2015

        Thank you very much for your fast response Mark!

        Hm, do you know the european amazon url? I just know of UK’s: http://www.amazon.co.uk

        My english aint the bes, but what about dealing with manufacturers when my english language isn’t the best?

        And what am I looking at to get started… The cost of your course plus creating product plus shipment, private label and amazon fees?

        Sorry about many questions here!

        Regards,

        Johan Norberg

        • Mark Adams

          February 3, 2015

          for instance google amazon germany to get amazon.de or amazon italy to get amazon.it

          Your english is good enough to communicate. That’s all that’s needed.

          I started for $400. That included my inventory, shipping and promotion. Some people start for less, some much more.

          In anything new, there is always hesitation, but with time and effort you’ll realize that being a sucessful amazon seller is very possible

          • Johan Norberg

            February 3, 2015

            Hi again Mark,

            I looked up http://www.amazon.eu, that takes you to the european site where you can choose a country that are a member of the european union, and http://www.amazon.co.uk are also in that union. Can I go with that one to start with?

            Also much essäer when it is all in english. For ex, http://www.amazon.de is in german, which I don’t understand.

            Regards,

            Johan Norberg

            • Mark Adams

              February 3, 2015

              Sure…starting with a language you’re familiar with would be helpful.

          • Johan Norberg

            February 4, 2015

            Ok, awesome!

          • Johan Norberg

            February 5, 2015

            My final question to you:

            One FBA course said to put away at least $4000 for getting your first product created, private labeled and listed on amazon… Is this true?

            I’m on a very tight budget because I lost a lot of money on internet marketing, and I’m just working part time as a shop assistant at a supermarket .

            Regards,

            Johan

            • Mark Adams

              February 5, 2015

              $4000 sounds like a lot. I don’t know anybody who started with that amount.

              You can invest as much as you want, but I started with $400. That included inventory, shipping and promotion. But, depending on what item you choose, your amount may be more.

              My sales were enough to have that item paid off in the first month.

              Johan, we all experience anxiety when considering something new, we never have enough money. There are always reservations. But successful people find a way to manage those concerns and move forward. Good luck on whatever you choose!

              • Johan Norberg

                February 5, 2015

                Thanks again Mark!

                I’ll try to come up with a solution to buy your course.

                Can I ship directly to amazon in order to save some money, and what about packaging… who does that? Those questions just popped out of my head right now!

                Regards,

                Johan

                • Mark Adams

                  February 5, 2015

                  Yes on the shipping.

  • Mark Adams

    January 28, 2015

    Hi Nonveet!

    Amazon collects and pays all of the sales taxes to each individual state. The term nexus is ambiguous and subject to interpretation.

    For those who don’t know the term “nexus” it refers to having a significant presence in a state to determine if taxes are due in that state.

    I would advise to you consult with legal counsel, however the term “significant presence” is used to determine if you have a nexus or not.

    I choose to interpret that I don’t for my items and let Amazon handle any and all payments.

    Hope that helps…good luck

  • Novneet

    January 22, 2015

    Hey Mark!

    If a non US-resident goes for FBA service, how does he register his business in all the states where he has “nexus”?
    Does amazon help the seller do this?

    Thanks for so much valuable information.

    Novneet