How To Shop On AliExpress From Nigeria | AliExpress Buyer’s Guide

I'm going to help you scale through the hurdle of buying things online directly on AliExpress. All you need to do is, follow my step by step directional guide on how to successfully purchase goods from one of the biggest online stores in China.


AliExpress Nigeria Buyer’s Guide | This post contains how to shop on AliExpress from Nigeria and get goods delivered at your doorstep.

The whole online space can be a bit scary when you consider the level of scam activities happening every day online. For this ultimate reason, many are scared of buying, paying and carrying out other money related activities online.

Today, I will show you how to shop on AliExpress from Nigeria and get it delivered to the nearest post office in your LGA.

To does who wants to know how to import goods from China in Nigeria, this guide is meant for you!

I’m going to help you scale through the hurdle of buying things online directly on AliExpress. These steps are quite simple, all you need to do is, follow my step by step directional guide on how to successfully purchase products or goods from one of the biggest online stores in China.

Before we continue, I’m going to answer a few AliExpress related questions. This will help you properly understand the China-owned online store, how it work and how you can truly benefit from it.

Here are some FAQs that you might want to read before proceeding to learn how to buy gadgets such as smartphones, phone accessories, electronics or other fashion items on AliExpress in Nigeria.

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These are answers based on my personal findings.

Launched in 2010, is an online retail service made up of mostly small Chinese businesses offering products to international online buyers. It is owned by Alibaba. Similar to eBay, sellers on Aliexpress can be either companies or individuals.

Jack Ma: Ma Yun, known professionally as Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of Internet-based businesses.

Peng Lei: Peng Lei is a Chinese business person. She is one of the founders of the Chinese e-commerce business group Alibaba Group.

Where is AliExpress store located?

Sellers on Aliexpress are all located in China and are each issued a unique store number on AliExpress. Unlike on the B2B website, there is very limited information available about stores and how they were verified.

Does AliExpress ship to Nigeria?

Absolutely, they ship to Nigeria. AliExpress shipping to Nigeria takes about 2 to 4 weeks for your order to arrive our shores.

Do they deliver to your doorstep like Jumia and Konga?

AliExpress delivery to Nigeria doesn’t work like Jumia nor Konga delivery method. They don’t ship goods directly to your house address, they will drop your order at the nearest post office in your LGA in Nigeria. So, you can either send someone to pick it up or preferably, you go pick your delivery yourself.

If you’re lucky enough, a deliveryman can get these products down to your house. Just hold small change for pocket. A friend paid N500 for an earphone he ordered…lol!

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Why should I buy from AliExpress?

A lot of people don’t know how much benefits they could get when they buy things from AliExpress. Apart from buying things very cheap, Ali store has some really nice benefits;

  • They have over 100 million products.
  • You can review and read user’s reviews before buying things.
  • Secure payment.
  • They offer buyer’s protection so you can shop with confidence.
  • Round the clock customer assistance.
  • It is safe to order for goods on AliExpress.
  • You can contact suppliers.
  • Goods get delivered to Nigeria in less than 30 days.
  • You can shop on the go with their mobile application on Android and iOS.

How can I order goods from AliExpress?

It’s very easy to buy goods on AliExpress. The guide on how to shop on AliExpress from Nigeria is just all you need. See step by step shopper’s guide below;

AliExpress Buyer’s Guide: How To Shop On AliExpress From Nigeria (Step by Step Guide)

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Step 1: Choose buying option

You have two options in shopping on AliExpress, you can shop by directly accessing their site at or download the Aliexpress application from app store for free. Of course like other online shopping sites, the first thing you should do is create your account on the platform.

Step 2: Search for product

Browse the site, search by categories or by typing keywords associated with the specific item you are planning to buy.

Step 3: Select Item

Click the item you are buying to be redirected to the product page. Check the product details to see if it conforms to your specifications.

What details would you see in product page?

  1. Price: This is the original price per unit of the item you are buying.
  2. Discount Price: There are instances where the item you are buying is on sale; in that case, this is the price you would pay per unit of the item you choose to buy.
  3. Color/Size: This shows the colours and sizes available for you to choose.
  4. Shipping: This shows the available shipping method to choose from. Prices will vary depending on the shipping company you will prefer.
  5. Quantity: This is where to place the quantity of your order.
  6. Total Price: The total amount you will pay for that particular order.

Step 4:  Check seller’s credibility

Check the seller’s credibility to know if it is safe to buy from your prospective seller.

Before placing an order, make sure to do a background check on the seller you are buying from to make sure you are actually getting what you are expecting to. To do this you may want to check the detailed seller rating. Here’s how:

What is Detailed Seller Ratings?

Detailed Seller Ratings are completely anonymous ratings left by the buyer after transactions have been completed. These ratings provide a complete picture of the seller’s performance. Detailed Seller Ratings are a part of the site’s overall feedback system, which has three detailed options for buyers to evaluate a seller’s service and items. The Detailed Seller Ratings are based on a one- to five-star scale. Five stars are the highest rating, and one star is the lowest rating.

How to check Detailed Seller Ratings?

  • When you view the product page or the seller’s store page, you can find information about the detailed seller rating just below the seller’s overall positive feedback.
  • You can also find more detailed information by clicking the “Feedback Score” button located in the navigation bar of the seller’s store page.
  • Under feedback, you may also check the comments of other customers who have bought the same item you are eyeing. Sometimes other buyers attached real photos of the item, check those to see its actual appearance.

Step 5: Select shipping method

Choose the shipping method you wish to go ahead with. There are items which offer free shipping but this would normally take a lot of time before your order will arrive. Or you may opt to choose the method that will cost you extra cost but will take your order delivery faster and delivered at your doorstep. If you opt to choose free shipping normally your items will be delivered to your nearest post office.

  • If You’ll Select Aliexpress Standard Shipping: Normally No Custom Duty Or Less Chance of Custom Duty.
  • If You’ll Select China/HongKong/Singapore Post: Normally No Custom Duty Or Less Chance of Custom Duty.
  • If You’ll Select DHL Or FedEx: 100% Chance of Custom Duty Because DHL Or FedEx Pays Custom From Your Side and Also Handles All The Custom Procedure. And Deliver Product To You, Only If You’ll Pay All The Custom Charge To DHL or FedEx.

Step 6: Place order

Next, click Buy Now, but before placing your order verifies your shipping address first, the quantity of your order and the shipping company you’ve chosen. Click Place Order after you have completed all the required information.

Step 7: Fill card payment details

On the checkout page, choose the credit card you want to use and complete the required details then click Pay My Order. Your payment will be held securely by Escrow and is only released to the supplier after you confirm satisfactory receipt of your order.

Step 8: Await shipping

Click Back to Order to see your order details. Wait for the supplier to ship your order; you can opt to contact the supplier for more information.

Step 9: Keep track of order

After the supplier has shipped your order, click Tracking to track your order. Once you have received the full shipment of your order, inspect all items carefully. If you are satisfied with your order, click Confirm Order Receive but if not click Open Dispute.

That’s basically everything you need to know when buying and shipping goods from China’s AliExpress from Nigeria (remember to click the link >> to start buying gadgets at an affordable price), perhaps you might want to check out the tips to remember when buying from AliExpress.

Have you started shipping goods from China?

Have you previously bought something online from AliExpress?

Do you have helpful tips for people who are new to AliExpress online shopping?

If you have answers to these questions, I’d be glad if you will take a few secs to help others learn more about how to shop on AliExpress from Nigeria.

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  1. Hello sir, I registered my home address in AliExpress instead of post office address and the parcel have already been reviewed and saved. Hope it will be delivered to me?

    • Be rest assured that you will get your order at home. No panic, the job of the post office is to ensure your package is received and delivered to you. However, you can get the item yourself by visiting the post office when it gets here.

  2. Very informative post. I am grateful for sharing your experience. Please i’d like to know how Aliexpress standard shipping works for thr “China Post”. What makes it different?

  3. I must confess you have really gone a good work here and I really appreciate it, nevertheless I still want to know, what should my shipping address look like,? What and what should it contact to ensure delivery?

    • Just make sure you write your address correctly. For example…
      Address 1: 11, Naijaknowhow Street, Aguda
      Address 2: Around Post office Aguda/Police Station Aguda/Ozone Cinema Aguda (or any landmark if you have one)
      City: Surulere
      State: Lagos
      Country: Nigeria
      ZIP Code: 101283, not +23401 (If you don’t know it, search on Google. In my case, I’ll search by typing “Aguda Surulere Lagos ZIP Code”)
      Don’t forget to provide a working phone number as well and other required information. I hope this helps… Good luck.

      • Hello..
        I have jst received an email that my item has arrived in Nigeria by aliexpress, I dont know if they would call me to know which of the post office its been dropped at..pls respond ASAP
        Thank you.

  4. Hello. I am registered on ailexpress but any time I try to access my account , I get the message your password is incorrect or the email address does not exist. I have changed my password several times and even used my other email addresses and I have also tried to open my account through my facebook and google account, but still the same message. Please what can I do?

  5. Reading this post have giving my morale a boost to trust Aliexpress. And also going through all the comments have giving me an extra knowledge through personal experience. Let me give Aliexpress a try now

  6. Great and terribly informative post Viklin. Please I would like to know if one’s goods will arrive at a particular post office. Say I use DHL for shipping, will my goods arrive at a DHL office close to me or just any post office? Secondly,would really like to know more about clearing goods with customs cos I plan to make wholesale purchase of human hair for resell here in Nigeria. What are the procedures for clearing the goods since they may be many? Thanks in anticipation.

  7. Been buying from aliexpress for about 2 years.
    One way to help you and protect your money is (1) open dispute before your time runs out.
    But to be considerate, especially if you chose free shipping, is to ask for extension for your order.
    (2) And NEVER cancel a dispute because seller begged/asked you to! You can never open it again and will most likely loose your funds.
    (3) Communicate on the messenger provided.
    If you talk with a supplier/seller on WhatsApp, post same request on alimessenger and he should reply same there. Cause communication outside of alimessenger does not concern aliexpress if yawa gas on top your mata!
    (4) Buy in small quantities to test seller’s product and willingness to serve you. This cannot be overemphasized! Lol
    My little helping hand. Hope it helps!

  8. Thank you so much for your comprehensive and descriptive post.
    God bless your and the works of your hands.

    I’m ordering some commodities for use from Aliexpress. They are about 20 different items from mainly different sellers and different shipping methods. The cost is about 50000 Naira
    Will I pay for it once?
    Will I have it sent as one package to the nearest post office?
    Will the post office be able to keep them together?
    Will I have to pay 500 for each of them at the point in NY of collection?
    Will they arrive at once?
    Is there a possibility of some of the items getting missing?
    Say I’m not available by the time it arrives, can someone collect it for me?
    if they don’t arrive at the same time will it still be well kept for me at the post office if I decide to let it all arrive before collection?

  9. I’ve got a quick question. I noticed PayPal is listed as one of the payment terms on Ali express, but because PayPal doesn’t offer support for Nigerians, the option is not included during checkout.

    I’m just thinking, I have friends abroad whom I can send my login details to, so the can initiate the order from their end and choose my Nigeria address for delivery. With this, I’m hoping the option would be available to then because I have plenty PayPal funds to shop with.

    Do you think this will work?

  10. I am looking at placing my first order om this platform for the very first time. Thank good God for touching your good fingers to come up with this great step by step article. Sincerely, this is a life saver!!

    I have always thought that if it is not Jumia or Konga, whatever is coming from oversea is purely scam. This article has actually got my mind back on track. I am placing my very first order and i’m gonna be back with pleasant feedback.

    You just made my mind coole 🙂

  11. Thank you so much Viklin for this writeup. It’s been so helpful to me. Please I have a question, I see the items in naira, but once I try to check out, they return to dollar, so if I am charged from my account, that dollar amount will be charged in naira, right?

  12. I went thru your write up and still thinking, are there still selfless people like you in this nation? Thumbs up for the comprehensive guide, looking forward to do business on the platform and I’ll be sure to contact you if there is any hitches. Thanks again.

  13. This is by far one of the most informative and easy-to-understand straight to the point post and online guide i’ve read yet in this nigeria, i love your hardwork and clearness in writing an online guide, i must commend you indeed viklin, keep the good work up man…not like these greedy, money seeking rats we have all around the nigerian cyberspace….the information is timely and much appreciated…please why does it take so long to deliver, am just curious…thank you very much Viklin

    • Comments like this put a smile on faces. Thanks for the kind words, I’m flattered. Regarding your question, Aliexpress standard shipping takes a couple of weeks to get item shipped to Nigeria, the reason being that, they have to accumulate items/orders being shipped to Nigeria. If you don’t want delays in getting these items, you should opt in for more faster shipping method like EMS (takes between 15 and 29 days and cost double the price of standard shipping).

    • Comments like this put a smile on faces. Thanks for the kind words, I’m flattered. Regarding your question, Aliexpress standard shipping takes a couple of weeks to get the item shipped to Nigeria, the reason being that, they have to accumulate items/orders being shipped to Nigeria. If you don’t want delays in getting these items, you should opt in for more faster shipping method like EMS (takes between 15 and 29 days and cost double the price of standard shipping).

  14. please i try ordering but i find the things expensive since its in dollars please is there something am missing
    especially shiping money

    • There is nothing you’re missing. Some items come with free shipping, while some have a standard shipping price. Also, the more the quantity, the more the shipping cost increase. It all depends on the seller.

  15. Hello
    I placed an order since last just showed me today that delivery failed and in my inbox it’s showing it has been delivered to a post do I know which post office

    • Go to the post office nearest to your location. For example, if I used the Address — 101 Love Street, Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria then I will go to the Mushin post office to check for my device. Hope you dig. It’s most likely going to be there. Just hold like N500 naira or more depending on your package.

  16. Thank you very much. Your post is very informative and helpful. But, pls I wish to know the reliability of Aliexpress Standard Shipping because from the review on their tracking site, there have been so many complaints in terms of delivery time and actual places of orders. Thank you.

      • Hi! Great post! I want to order shoes to sell here in Nigeria which delivery option do you think is perfect for this? Also the Aliexpress standard shipping is delivered to where? Post office? Do I still pay custom for that? Sorry for all the jamb questions but I’m really a novice please write back soon, thanks!

        • I don’t have much experience with ordering items for resell. But what I have learnt from my clearing agent friend is, if you order more lets say.. 15-20 pieces of certain item, then it could held for clearing here in Nigeria. However, if less and ordering from the seller, you can use the standard shipping method. It’d be delivered to you via the nearest post office. Hope it helps? Goodluck!

    • There is no way you can do that on Aliexpress. The only thing I know that’s possible is to get your items shipped together when you buy from the same seller.

      How do I combine orders for shipping?
      If you order different items from the same supplier with shopping cart, you can choose the same shipping method in each item, the system will combine the times into one order to save shipping costs. Please follow the below steps:

      1. Please choose items from the same suppliers and add them to your Shopping Cart.
      2. Choose the same shipping method and these products will be combined automatically.

      3. Click the “Buy all from this seller” button.

  17. Thank you so much for sharing. Pls, from post, u mentioned payment with credit cards, but debit is what is common here. Can we use this as well? And must it be a master card? How about visa.

  18. I ordered on aliexpres some weeks ago, on tracking my order I found out my order has arrived Nigeria and might be at a post office but I don’t know which one and don’t know how to confirm it, please will I get a call from the post office or I just go to all the post offices around and ask for my order

    • I do everything online using my Master card. It’s quite strange when you say yours can’t. I think you should let your bank support assist you on this. I hope you find a real lasting solution fast. Cheers and thanks for stopping by.

  19. Good day
    Tried to order something but both my gtb and stanbic cards are not going through for payment. I’ll like to know what card you used. Thanks for the anticipated response..

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