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BySamuel M. Craig

Aug 11, 2022

Photo credit: Wikimedia / Stolbovsky

AliExpress pavilion at Leningradsky railway station, Komsomolskaya square, Moscow, Russia

Chinese e-commerce giant Ali Express has leased warehouses in Israel’s Airport City, next to Ben Gurion International Airport.

AliExpress, owned by the Alibaba Group, has spent the past two years planning the move, according to Yaniv Porat, head of AliBuy Group and its Israeli representative.

“At the moment it is still a very limited number of stores and items, but together with the AliExpress team, we are planning to expand the products to be sent to the warehouse in Israel and sold directly to consumers,” he told Israel’s. Channel 2 News.

Like anyone who’s ordered from the super-budget online shopping giant, shipping (usually from China) can take up to a month. With this decision, however, this time frame will be reduced to three to seven working days – and the products could be even cheaper since the delivery costs will be lower.

“AliExpress only has large warehouses in strategic countries like Russia, the United States, Spain and Brazil,” Porat said. Channel 2. “Now, after looking at the market, management has decided to open a warehouse here [in Israel] as well.”

But wait: There are still a few points to settle, as explained in an article published by GeekTimeciting Benny Bohnik, head of the “I Want This” group on Facebook.

To be precise, the Israeli bureaucracy can intervene and derail the work.

For starters, how will AliExpress solve the regulatory issues facing vendors in Israel?

Things like VAT (local sales tax), import status (will purchases be counted as personal imports or local sales?), and whether you need to provide supporting documentation in Hebrew can all change with a local presence.

All of the above could easily impact product costs and availability, and ultimately the super-saver giant’s decisions on whether or not to stick around.

Amazon, another gigantic online shopping resource, has encountered the same hurdles. Although it still has a footprint in the Jewish state, its local presence is considerably smaller than avid Amazon fans originally expected and as a result many still prefer to order from the site. US based web.