(CMR) Amazon has added Jamaica to the list of countries approved for seller registration allowing Jamaican producers to signup directly on its platform to sell their products using Jamaican credentials.
Before, Jamaican producers had to partner with others in approved countries such as the United States in order to sell their goods on the platform.
A Jamaican businessman who has been using the platform through US partners told Jamaica Observer that this could be a major boost for Jamaica's economy as Amazon allows both businesses and individuals to sell their products on the platform. Another upside to selling on the platform is the ability to earn US dollars.
“Before if you wanted to sell on Amazon, you would have to be from a country that is approved, which Jamaica was not on that list, so you'd have to partner with somebody in the US, or you would have to sell wholesale to someone in the US, “ Barrington McIntosh, CEO of Jodasa Enterprises Limited told Jamaica Observer.
McIntosh, a Jamaican citizen, has been selling on the platform for over a decade with the help of partners in the United States, the Observer reported.
“For eleven years I've been on there, and that was like a crippling thing because you have these producers, they want their products to be seen, but they are unable to do that because Amazon just did not approve Jamaica. You'd have to figure out another way,” he added.
Jamaica is now among 188 countries on the approved list, including other Caricom countries.
Amazon's approval for sellers in Jamaica comes when e-Bay has also approved for sellers in Jamaica to receive payments directly to their Jamaican accounts.