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Countries To Avoid When Dropshipping (With FB Ads)

Worldwide targeting can get you a lot of cheap clicks to your dropshipping store, this may look great to a beginner but what you might not realize is that these clicks often do your dropshipping store more harm than good. Here you will find a list of every country to avoid when dropshipping with or without Facebook ads. 

Why We Avoid Dropshipping To Certain Countries

You want to avoid certain countries from your worldwide targeting because of the amount of high risk orders you will receive. Shopify has a built-in fraud detection system that will let you know when an order is high-risk. The algorithm has gotten pretty advanced so it’s wise to cancel high-risk orders instead of fulfilling them.

A high-risk order, when not canceled, almost always results in a chargeback. Chargebacks will cost you a lot of money but they can also result in the suspension of your Stripe or PayPal account, in which case you won’t be able to accept any payments at all through these processors. 

So to sum it up, you want to avoid certain high-risk dropshipping countries because:

  • You will waste money on cheap clicks
  • You will end up with a bunch of fraudulent orders which, if you fulfill, can cost you a lot of money and the suspension of your payment processors
  • Fraudulent orders mess up your Facebook Pixel

Exclude These Countries From Your Facebook Ads:

1. China

China is one of those countries to avoid because it will result in a lot of high-risk orders but that is not even the main concern! Aliexpress does not ship to China. 

I had to find this out the hard way myself when I still accepted payments from every country. I had an order come in from China and could not figure out how to fulfill it. To my surprise, I found out that Aliexpress doesn’t ship within China. 

Aliexpress suppliers have a specific license that only allows them to sell products overseas, not within China. So they legally cannot ship within their own country. 

You might think this is odd and that Chinese citizens can’t buy cheap stuff online but you’d be wrong. Chinese citizens buy their products from TaoBao/1688.com which is often a lot cheaper than Aliexpress.

TL;DR: Definitely do not target China with facebook ads because Aliexpress suppliers can’t legally ship within their own country. 

2. Indonesia

Indonesia should be avoided from every facebook ad campaign due to their high-risk orders. No country has as many high-risk orders as Indonesia. This will result in constant chargebacks which can easily get you suspended from your payment processor. Not to mention it will badly affect your facebook pixel as these are not legitimate orders. 

TL;DR: Do not target, Indonesia has too many high-risk orders

3. India

When targeting India with dropshipping facebook ads you get many, many clicks. This is the reason why many dropshippers still do include them. Whoever, these clicks will do you more harm than good. In the end, you’re still paying for trash traffic that leads to nothing. 

TL;DR: Do not target, your conversion rates will be awful and unprofitable. 

The rest of the list

China, Indonesia, and India are the big three countries to avoid for very specific reasons. The rest of this list will contain dropshipping countries that you should avoid due to reasons such as:

  • High-Risk Orders
  • Cheap clicks/bad conversion rates 
  • They can’t pay online (no credit card)
  • Takes ages (60+ days) to get there (which results in chargebacks)
  1. Pakistan
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Iraq
  4. Iran
  5. Malaysia
  6. Venezuela
  7. Taiwan
  8. Lebanon
  9. Nigeria
  10. Brazil
  11. American Samoa
  12. Antigua
  13. Armenia
  14. Anguilla
  15. Aruba
  16. Azerbaijan
  17. Bahrain
  18. Bangladesh
  19. Belize
  20. Bermuda
  21. Bolivia
  22. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  23. Cayman Islands
  24. Cook Islands
  25. Dominica
  26. Dominican Republic
  27. Ecuador
  28. El Salvador
  29. Falkland Island
  30. Faroe Islands
  31. French Polynesia
  32. Greenland
  33. Grenada
  34. Guam
  35. Guatemala
  36. Guernsey
  37. Haiti
  38. Honduras
  39. Isle of man
  40. Jordan
  41. Kiribati
  42. Kosovo
  43. Kyrgyzstan
  44. Kuwait
  45. Macedonia
  46. Marshall Islands
  47. Mayotte
  48. Micronesia
  49. Montenegro
  50. Montserrat
  51. Myanmar
  52. Nepal
  53. Northern Mariana
  54. Oman
  55. Panama
  56. Paraguay
  57. Peru
  58. Qatar
  59. Reunion
  60. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  61. Saint Lucia
  62. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  63. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  64. Samoa
  65. Solomon Island
  66. Sri Lanka
  67. Slovakia
  68. Slovenia
  69. Tajikstan
  70. Turkmenistan
  71. Turks and Caicos Islands
  72. Trinidad & Tobago
  73. Uruguay
  74. Uzbekistan
  75. Venuato
  76. Virgin Islands

List of Countries that are safe to ship to 

You just read a whole list of countries that you should absolutely avoid when dropshipping but which countries are safe to dropship to?

The best rule of thumb is to go for the ePacket dropshipping list. This is the list of every country that you can use for ePacket delivery. 

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam

How To Bulk Upload Countries To Facebook

You can copy/paste the list above with best worldwide dropshipping countries into your facebook ads manager in 3 simple steps.

  1. Head to your FB Ads manager, create a new ad and navigate to target locations
  2. Click on ‘Add locations in Bulk’
How to bulk upload dropshipping countries you want to avoid to your facebook ads

3. Select ‘countries’ and Copy/paste the list above.

How to bulk upload dropshipping countries you want to avoid to your facebook ads

That’s it! Easily bulk copy/paste your targeting countries. You can do the same thing with dropshipping countries to avoid by using the ‘exclude’ button instead.

Summary

Hopefully, this gives you a bit more insight into which dropshipping countries to avoid and why you should avoid them. I recommended that you use the ePacket list above for your worldwide Facebook ad targeting. This way you don’t have to worry about high-risk orders which will only harm your dropshipping business.


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