How to Use Shopify in Pakistan

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Shopify is one of the leading eCommerce platforms in the world, but what makes it so special? Well, to be honest, it is the easiest eCommerce platform for beginners. All you have to do is sign up for a free 14-day Shopify trial, install a few apps, customize your store theme, and you’re done. It’s that simple!

You don’t even have to worry about updating apps, plugins or themes — Shopify will do everything for you.

Using Shopify in Pakistan

One issue that many Pakistani users have is how to use Shopify in Pakistan? If you’re from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada or Australia, it’s a breeze to work with Shopify, however, for users in Pakistan, it’s a little difficult to work with Shopify when you’re just starting out. Luckily, there are a few ways through which you can successfully launch a Shopify store in Pakistan.

Sign Up for Shopify

This is self-explanatory. Make sure that you sign up for Shopify and choose the Basic Shopify Plan which costs $29/mo.  Trust me, the basic plan will suffice for all your eCommerce needs. You will not be charged for the first 14 days.

Install Shopify Apps

Now that you’ve signed up for Shopify, you need to install a few apps from the Shopify App Store. Here are some of the apps I would recommend you to install:

Free:

  • Countdown Cart by Beeketing – Places a countdown timer on your product page(s). Don’t go overboard with this app and only use countdown timer when necessary.
  • Mobile Converter by Beeketing – Adds a sticky ‘Add to Cart’ bar on the top/bottom of the product page to enhance the customer mobile shopping experience.
  • MailChimp for Shopify – Builds your email list and helps you send emails to the customers.

Paid:

  • Dropified – A must-have app to automate your dropshipping business. Placing orders manually on AliExpress is a tiresome work and this is where Dropified makes it a cakewalk to place orders automatically.
  • Loox – Increases conversion rate by adding customer reviews on the product page with photos.
  • Personalizer by LimeSpot – Increases the average order value (AOV) by showing related products, upsells, and downsells to the customer.
  • BEST Currency Converter –  Automatically changes currency based on customer’s location and helps them shop in their local currency

There are thousands of apps available in the Shopify App store, but the above apps will be more than enough to kickstart your store. Installing unnecessary apps in your store will only result in slow page load times, which you want to avoid at all costs.

Payoneer is the fastest way to send and receive payments all over the world. It is extremely popular in Pakistan and almost every freelancer, eCommerce store owner, dropshipper has a Payoneer account.

You must have a Payoneer account in order to receive payments from 2Checkout, which is an international payment gateway that will send payments earned from your Shopify store to Payoneer.

Sign Up for a Payment Gateway

2Checkout

There are only a few payment gateways in Pakistan and the most popular is 2Checkout. I’ve been using 2CO for over a year now and I have nothing but all praises for 2Checkout. It seamlessly integrates with Shopify and sends weekly payments to your Payoneer card. You can also receive payments via wire transfer, but I prefer Payoneer over wire transfer.

When signing up for a 2Checkout account, be as transparent as possible. Your personal details should be accurate because they may ask you for a passport copy, driver’s license, bank statement, and a copy of any utility bill.

2Checkout usually takes a week to respond to an application. Once approved, you will receive an email containing your login details and commission structure. 2Checkout in general do not like dropshipping business which is why it has a different commission structure for dropshippers for the first 90 days.

The pricing for dropshipping business model was 7.5% + $0.55 per transaction when I signed up for 2Checkout, but it was later revised to 3.9% + $0.45 per transaction because my account was in good standing.

PayPal

Now as we all know that PayPal is not available in Pakistan, you can always ask your friends or family living abroad to sign up for a PayPal account. In my Shopify store, I have 2Checkout as well as PayPal as my primary payment gateways. One of my closest friends is living in UAE, so I asked him to sign up for a PayPal Business Account and link his card to PayPal in order to send and receive payments.

If any of your friends are living in the UAE and have an Emirates NDB account, they can send you the money via Direct Remit and it’ll be credited in your account within minutes.

The reason you want PayPal in your Shopify store is that customers, especially millennials trust PayPal over banks when it comes to shopping online. Sometimes, customers will be hesitant to take out their credit card but if they see an option to pay via PayPal, they will gladly make a purchase. Get ready to lose on a few sales if you don’t have PayPal as a payment option in your Shopify store. Sad, but that’s life!

Stripe

Stripe is officially not available in Pakistan, but there is a way to sign up for Stripe. What you have to do is incorporate in Delaware as a non-U.S. citizen via Harvard Business Services Inc. They will form an LLC on your behalf in Delaware and even get you an Employment Identification Number (EIN) which is important if you’re a non-U.S. citizen and don’t have a Social Security Number (SSN).

Once you have these details on hand, you can head over to Stripe, follow the signup process and use Payoneer US Global Payment Service to receive payments from Shopify.

Please note that I have never signed up for Stripe because I’m extremely satisfied with 2Checkout, but this is the only legal way I know to open a Stripe account in Pakistan. Kindly do your due diligence if you decide to choose Stripe over 2Checkout.

Quick Recap of What We’ve Covered

So far we have covered the following:

  • How to start a Shopify store in Pakistan?
  • Setting up a Shopify store
  • Shopify Apps
  • Payment gateways available in Pakistan

…and that’s pretty much about it. What I have outlined in this article is suffice for starting a Shopify eCommerce store in Pakistan. Feel free to ask any question in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to answer. 🙂

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Abdul Rehman
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Abdul Rehman

Great Article! and i wanted to ask about the LLC. Do you need an LLC for shopify in Pakistan?

Gamer77
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Gamer77

Hi, i am planning to setup shopify store in pakistan. I had 2 queries if u can help based on ur exp with shopify:

1) can shopify facebook app support pkr transactions when selling directly on facebook?
2)What was your learning on cash on demand setup with shopify?

Shakeeb
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Shakeeb

Sir, I wanted to start dropshipping store using shopify.I have a brother in dubai so that I can use paypal account of him.But I wanted to know about the paypal account connection and other details that are required on paypal and shopify.Should I have to create my paypal account there or using it in Pakistan.Can you talk to me personally because I really wanted to solve this problem so that in future it wont create problem for me.
Thanks

Qasali
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Qasali

Great article, Sheheryar! I have an LLC in the US but no physical address. 2Checkout asks for business address proof, and I want to list US as the business address because I’m targeting US market.
Is there a way of going about it? Thanks!

Hamza Najeeb
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Hamza Najeeb

Hey Qasali, I just saw that you made an LLC and EIN number, is your business going good? did you made a single-member LLC or a multi-member LLC?

mars
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mars

nice stuff. Whats confusing is that in Pakistan, online shopping isnt big enuf for such startup online stores. how is one going to attract big customer traffic? do u perhaps use social media to market ur brand?

Qasali
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Qasali

Great article!

I have an LLC incorporated in the US and I’ll be selling to US based audience. However, 2Checkout.com requires “business address proof” in the form of a utility bill, which I don’t have, and I don’t want to show Pakistan address on the website since I’m selling to US audience.

I checked stripe.com and they ask for last 4 digits of SSN even if you have an EIN. Is there a solution to this?

Much thanks!

Shahroze
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Shahroze

Bery informative article, you mind if you could give me your e mail, maybe we could discuss it on e mail??

Saad Najib
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Saad Najib

Your artical is really great helped alot, there are few things i wanted to know, 2checkout does not support dropshipping and it requires a Vat number, how did you creat a dropshipping store and link 2checkout? Plus how or where can i generate a VAT number? Also It would be great if you can share your stores link with us thanks.

Saad Najib
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Saad Najib

Can you please creat a blog on how to setup a 2checkout account for dropshipping?

zacky khan
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zacky khan

hi
thanks for this article.
one thing while signing up for 2checkout.

i think they allow only business accounts for shopify..right ? or can we do as individual account too ?

and what if we do not have any biz registered in pakistan then how can we give them proof ??

and if my website name is http://www.mystore.com , then do i have to use the same name in the 2checkout or can we use any other business name too in 2checkout ?

Alex Brian
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Thanks for this Great Guide Bro.
Much appreciate it!

Khan Jee
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Khan Jee

Hi, Can you make a blog on creating account on 2checkout?
It will help a lot.

Ahmed
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Ahmed

I have a question that which credit or debit card in pakistan allows you to buy shopify monthly subscription plan because my allied bank visa debit is not working on that at all

Khurram
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Khurram

Hi,
I have a shopify store with 2checkout integrated on it. I feel like I am loosing customers because of no paypal integration.
If I ask any friend in abroad to signup for paypal and I use it,

Do shopify have a way to know that this paypal account is somewhere from outside Pakistan, and if they do will they allow me to keep my store running ?

My friend/relative owning that account, will be he be paying taxes on the earnings ?

Thanks

Fia
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Fia

Great info! Follow-up question:
1)If operating Shopify store as a Pakistani seller, does Shopify allow prices showing in $ instead of Rs. and does it allow to cater to US market?
2)can customers use their visa or mastercard credit or debit cards with 2checkout?
Thanks.

Haroon
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Haroon

Hi, very imformative article. Thanks a bunch for that.
I wanted to ask that is it necessary to register your online business with SECP. Beacause on 2checkout it is asking for ownership documents of the company and other related stuff.
Is there any way to avoid all that?

Sohail K
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Sohail K

Can we use individual (non-business) PayPal account with Shopify and then link it with Payoneer?

Zaheer Anjum
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Zaheer Anjum

Hello,
I live in Oklahoma, USA and a US citizen. How do I sign up for Stripe? Thanks

Javed
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Javed

Shaheryar brother please email me your phone number.. i want some information..

Kindly please i will wait..

Javed Ali

Fazal Ahmed
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Fazal Ahmed

Aoa Shehryar bhai
I understand all your points mentioned above. But you didnt explain the situation after customer placing order. Now there are many app for automate the order fulfillment. We just need to confirm the payment to supplier like AliExpress. Now my question is, what channel we should use to pay. 2checkout + payoneer is for recieving payment from the customer, this way what channel should be used to send money to our supplier. In pakistan, the credit cards has some credit limits. Do debit cards work??? Which bank is good for this

Usman
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Usman

Hello brother as I want to make a shopify store in Pakistan. Bhai mera question ye he k ager ham Pakistan k liye 2 checkout use kre gay to WO Hume charge kre ga per transaction lekin shopify b Phr hame charge kre ga Ku k ham shopify ki payment use nahi kr rahe or shopify b hame per transaction k hisab se charge kre ga kya? Its mean we have to pay double? 2chekout ko b or shopify ko b?or 1 question k ham Pakistani debit card se kya shopify ki payment kr skte hain HBL or UBL se?

Waleed Ahmad
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Waleed Ahmad

Salam Shahryar,

Thanks for providing such valuable information. Can you please help out with the below queries:-

1. I’m having difficulties calculating FB ROAS (Return on Ad spent) as there are multiple fees involved like, conversion fees, 2 Checkout/ Paypal, Payoneer and Shopify charges. Can you elaborate?

2. With so much extra cost involved, how do you manage to beat your competition price wise?

3. Do you prefer a General or Niche store? For beginners and professionals.

Andaleeb
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Andaleeb

Dear Shaheryar Salam & Salutations on your great efforts to educate and make people learn from your experience in this part of the world. May Lord Bless you more for your sharing. I just had a curios question after spending some time on your blog. My brother is in Indonesia and he can help me making a PayPal account. However, it is not feasible to transfer large amount of money from one country to another through Western Union and Wire Transfer. Can it be possible to pay the supplier from that PayPal account ( I mean to pay the Alibaba… Read more »

Andaleeb
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Andaleeb

And one more thing, will it not be better to have a foreign currency account ( dollar account) with your debt card so it will be beneficial for paying back to seller … Just had a thought …
Thanks .

Usman
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Usman

One more question brother kindly guide me. 2 checkout ka account kese banae Ku k WO business ka prove or tax number mangta he please help I want to do drop shipping.

Andaleeb
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Andaleeb

Dear Shaheryar, Blessings & Peace… Thank you very much for all of your assistance.. Here I am again, coming up with ambiguous questions 😉 1); What is the use of a US based LLC if we can’t open a physical business account in the US. ( Yes, we can open a business account in the US but for that, we have to be there physically and being a Paki, the real matter is the visa for us + the travelling expenses. )… And if we don’t have a router number (Payoneer has virtual router number which is not accepted by… Read more »