Can I operate my Shopify account from UAE or UK and sell in Canada?

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Actually, one of my brothers is in the UAE, and the other is in the UK.

Now, I have two options:

  1. Operate the account from the UAE and sell in Canada.
  2. Operate the account from the UK and sell in Canada.

I don't want to register as a private limited company. What I want is to operate the store from there and handle logistics work from Pakistan. For instance, if I receive an order on the UK or UAE store, then I will send the product from Pakistan to Canada.


The issue with the UK is that you have to be a private limited company, and the taxes are higher if you are an employee. Both of my brothers are employed.


On the other hand, the UAE is a tax-free country, so it provides a significant advantage to work from there. However, does a UAE PayPal account work with Shopify?


Question: Can I sell in Canada from the UAE or UK with UAE PayPal credentials? If yes, then how? Please explain.

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Shopify Staff
2509 229 532

Hi @obaidsajjad913,


Shopify cannot advise on optimal tax setups for your store, or what you can or can't do from a tax perspective when selling from the regions you've mentioned. If you are unsure of what is possible then we'd always recommend speaking with a tax consultant who can offer advice. In terms of PayPal, you should speak to them directly about the requirements for setting up a merchant account in a certain country. They may require things such as proof of residency but this can only be confirmed with PayPal. 


Victor | Social Care @ Shopify 
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