On Friday, the Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, announced that Pakistan has been added to Amazon’s Sellers’ List.
His tweet stated that “This is a major accomplishment for our e-commerce and will open up vast opportunities for a new breed of young men and women entrepreneurs”.
The Vice President Amazon International Seller, Eric Broussard, added, “We are excited to announce that as of today, Pakistani entrepreneurs are eligible to sell on Amazon. We are eager to work with Pakistan’s dynamic business community, including small and medium-sized sellers, and help connect them with customers around the globe”.
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Abdul Razak Dawood, advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment, believes that Pakistan’s inclusion in Amazon’s Approved Sellers’ List represents a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to market and sell their products in the international market.
This development with Amazon has been in the works for many months, but it has finally come to fruition, and an announcement from the respective departments may occur as soon as June of this year.
As previously reported on 7 May, Amazon is slated to open the registration of Pakistani sellers shortly with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and the Pakistan Embassy. The Ministry of Commerce has been working on this issue for over a year.
Despite all public sector organizations being represented at the National E-Commerce Council (NeCC), most of the work began after the Cabinet approved the e-commerce policy at the end of 2019.
Despite Pakistan’s good manufacturing base for textile, sports, leather, and surgical products being sold on Amazon, the country has not been on Amazon’s list of sellers, so Pakistani businesses have had to register through their overseas offices or produce for other brands on Amazon.
As a result of being added to the sellers’ list, Pakistani companies will be able to create official identities using their local details and banks.