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Can a non-resident sell in the USA using ecommerce?

Ralf-L
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I have a question about opening an ecommerce through Shopify. I have no American address or documents.
My target audience will be mainly USA and Canada.
Does my Shopify account need to be in the USA (in the Store details settings) in Billing information?

If so, do I need a US LLC, address and bank account?

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Lee-Strong-SEO
Shopify Partner
127 19 26

This is an accepted solution.

You can set up a Shopify store targeting the USA and Canada without being based there or having an American address or documents. Shopify is used by merchants globally, and your account does not need to be registered in the USA in your store details or billing information. You do not require a US LLC, address, or bank account to start. Just ensure you have a reliable shipping strategy in place to deliver your products promptly to your customers in North America. Once your store is set up, focus on marketing to your target audience.

 

Happy selling!

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Lee-Strong-SEO
Shopify Partner
127 19 26

This is an accepted solution.

You can set up a Shopify store targeting the USA and Canada without being based there or having an American address or documents. Shopify is used by merchants globally, and your account does not need to be registered in the USA in your store details or billing information. You do not require a US LLC, address, or bank account to start. Just ensure you have a reliable shipping strategy in place to deliver your products promptly to your customers in North America. Once your store is set up, focus on marketing to your target audience.

 

Happy selling!

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m0nsef
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and what about payment methods 

bluish
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@Lee-Strong-SEO, I have set up shopify, I tried checking out but it only allows local addresses not US. I found throught the help page, that I need to change my region from local to US, but it requires Sales Tax ID. How do I get it a US Sales Tax ID when I am non-US? Thanks!

Shay
Shopify Staff
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Hi @bluish 

 

Customers ability to check out is dependent on the settings you have in your store. Any Shopify account can ship internationally, you just need to set up your shipping rates and zones appropriately. 

 

Your business address should be wherever your business is officially located, that is usually going to be the country you are currently located in. You can then set up your shipping zones and rates to ensure customers can check out. Our authenticated chat support would be happy to help you set that up if you need further assistance. To access our authenticated support, please follow this link: Shopify Help Center

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