How to Set Up AliExpress Dropshipping

If you’ve always wanted to start an eCommerce business but have been hesitant to take the plunge, dropshipping is a great way to get your feet wet. It’s also a great way for small businesses with limited budgets to sell their wares without investing in inventory. Dropshipping allows you to sell products from other sellers without having them shipped directly to your customers—they’re sent directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler instead. But before you can start selling on Shopify through AliExpress, there are some steps you’ll need to take first:

Create an Account with AliExpress

Are you interested in dropshipping from AliExpress? If so, the first step is to set up an account. Creating an account on AliExpress is easy and free of charge. This article will help you learn how to create your own AliExpress account quickly and easily.

First, navigate to the AliExpress website and click on “Join” at the top right of the page. You will be taken to a form where you can enter your email address, username, password, country/region of residence, currency preference, full name and phone number. Fill out all of these fields accurately. After you have finished entering all this information, simply click “Create Account”.

Create a Shopify Store

To get started with your first AliExpress dropshipping store, you’ll need to sign up for an account. If you already have a Shopify account, you can skip this step and simply log in to Shopify instead of creating a new account.

Once logged in, click on “Create Your Store” from the top navigation bar of your dashboard:

Next, select whether you want to create one or more stores using their guided setup process. If this is your first time launching an online business or trying out dropshipping with Shopify, I recommend selecting “One Store” and following through with their guided steps:

After choosing which type of store template you want for your site (it doesn’t matter too much), enter basic information about it such as its name and website address before hitting Create Store at the bottom of that page.

Import Products From AliExpress to Shopify

In order to get products from AliExpress, you will need to have a Shopify account and a Dropshipping app. Once you have these two things, it’s time to start importing products into your store.

To find the right product for you, search on Aliexpress with keywords related your niche or industry. For example: Shopify dropshipping sneakers or Shopify dropshipping watches would be good starting searches if you’re looking for sneaker or watch stores respectively.

Once you’ve found a product that meets your needs click “Add To Cart” and then click “Proceed To Checkout”. On this page scroll down until you see “Shipping Method” on the left hand side of the screen in large letters at about halfway down the page (see screenshot below). Click on this button and follow through with shipping details as instructed by Ali Express (make sure prices are reasonable!).

Create a Receiving Address

The first thing you need to do is create a receiving address. This can be done in your own country, but it’s better to use a mail forwarding service or mailbox service so that the packages aren’t sitting around for days before they get to you.

Here are some options for receiving addresses:

  • A mailbox service like [Shipstation](, which will accept the packages and forward them on to you
  • A PO Box from the United States Postal Service (USPS)

Sign Up for PayPal

  • To create an account, head to the PayPal website and add your personal details.
  • Click on “Set up a business account” at the bottom of their homepage.
  • Fill in all of your company information and click “submit.”
  • On the next page, verify that your bank account matches those you listed in step #2 above (this is where you’ll see how much money has been transferred into it). You’ll also need to verify your identity by uploading ID documents or taking photos of them with a webcam or smartphone.

Connect Your Bank Account

  • To link your bank account, log in and go to your Account Info page.
  • Next, click on [Open a new account] under “Link a new payment method.”
  • Select the type of payment you want to add (for example: Bank Account) and then follow the steps on their website.

Dropshipping is a great way to start ecommerce without lots of inventory costs

Dropshipping is a great way to start ecommerce without lots of inventory costs.

You don’t need to worry about shipping

You don’t need to worry about storage

You don’t need to worry about returns


We hope you enjoyed getting a taste of what it’s like to sell on AliExpress. Dropshipping is a fun way to get started in ecommerce, and we think you’ll find that it works well for your needs. But the best way to get started with dropshipping is to go out there and do it! We can tell you all about how great it is, but until you try it yourself there will always be some doubt in your mind as to whether or not this method really works well enough for your business model.

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