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What is Alibaba.com?

No matter the size of your business, sourcing is made easy with Alibaba.com

Founded in China by Jack Ma in 1999, Alibaba.com has always had a very clear roadmap with a very simple mission: to make it easy to do business anywhere. We've since grown to become a truly global business with offices all around the world.

Alibaba.com is an e-commerce platform for small businesses, connecting millions of buyers and suppliers around the world. No matter the size of your business, you can always find the right manufacturer, exporter, or wholesaler to suit your sourcing needs. We are a global community of business-to-business professionals where you can meet, interact and learn about new trade opportunities and product trends. You will also discover the latest techniques to help your business grow and succeed.

Alibaba.com Europe opened its London office in spring 2009 making it even easier for UK companies to do business anywhere. We are passionate about delivering the needs of UK SMEs and aim to help open a world of new markets for UK buyers and suppliers.

Looking to source
in bulk volume?

Alibaba.com is one of the most comprehensive product search engines in the world serving small and medium businesses.

  • Access to over 10 million suppliers
    Buyers can source quality products from wherever you are in just a few clicks. Contacting suppliers can never be easier.
  • More than 45 product categories displayed
    Our powerful keyword search makes finding the products you need simple. Buyers can stay ahead of competitors with our wide product ranges.
  • Millions of members from over 240 countries
    With international members from all over the world, Alibaba.com is the best choice for anyone involved in the international trade.

Looking to buy in
small quantities?

Alibaba.com launched AliExpress service in May 2010, which brings in quality products at wholesale prices on even the smallest orders.

  • Minimum orders as low as 1 item
    All the suppliers state minimum order quantity and shipping cost upfront, which saves buyer’s time on negotiating the terms with the suppliers.
  • Escrow buyer protection
    Escrow allows buyers to pay securely online with credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Payment is only released to the supplier after the buyer confirms receiving the order.
  • Express delivery with full tracking
    Buyers can find more than 5 million items from more than 20,000 qualified suppliers directly from China.