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The Middle East is a hugely popular export market for the US. Many large American companies have huge numbers of workers deployed all over the Middle East so we often see gifts and personal belongings being shipped as well as important business documents and spare parts.
When it comes to the richest country in the Middle East, there are plenty to choose from! Based on average income Qatar comes out on top and with the World Cup soon to be hosted there, it is a very popular delivery destination. The UAE and Kuwait also drive large sales volumes especially for premium clothing brands and luxury items, often which are cheaper when purchased from the US, plus there is more choice online too.
Shipping times to the Middle East
When shipping to major destinations in the Middle East with good transport links delivery can be made in just 2-5 days using Express Couriers like FedEx and DHL. We offer a selection of expedited shipping services to the Middle East, plus cheaper economy services using tracked mail services like DHL eCommerce, ideal for low-value items or packages that are non-urgent.
Customs Advice for shipping to the Middle East
Whenever you have a package to ship overseas, Customs Documents are going to be required and so the Middle Eastern market is no different. When you book a courier using our shipping calculator, we provide the Customs Documents you require so all you need to do is complete them accurately and provide a detailed overview of the contents.
It is also essential to provide a working local contact number for the recipient. This is so Customs can contact the recipient if any Customs Duty is owed or so the courier can make contact with the recipient if there is a delivery issue. Tracked mail or economy services are often delivered to a local Post Office in the Middle East to be picked up by the recipient so always provide the right contact details to avoid delays or returns.
Exporting to the Middle East for eCommerce
When it comes to eCommerce, the Middle Eastern market provides huge opportunities for US retailers. Some locations in the Middle East like Israel and Jordan have free trade agreements with the US making selling to customers there even easier.
The Middle East is one of the fastest growing eCommerce markets with the volume of sales increasing 1500% over the last 10 years.
Over 60% of UAE residents make purchases on foreign websites
There is a huge youthful population who are active online - 75% of Saudi Arabians are under 35.
Consider the use of in-app adverts on Instagram and Snapchat both influential platforms in the world of Middle Eastern eCommerce
Big opportunities over Ramadan - online sales increase by 24% in the UAE as well as over Black Friday.
Consumers in the Middle East look to purchase from American retailers such as clothing, jewelry and electronics.
If you run an eCommerce store, the Middle East offers excellent potential. We have some hugely discounted shipping rates so that you can reach your customers at a great price and provide an excellent delivery experience. You can even connect your eCommerce store direct to Parcel Monkey for instant shipping prices, or upload a CSV using our bulk shipping tools.