Jumia Denies Expansion in China
By Joshua Olaleye
Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Juliet Anammah has debunked a claim that Jumia is expanding its coast to China to rival Alibaba(e-commerce platform)
“We definitely do not have any plans to expand our operations to China. However, we handle shipping for chinese vendors who list their products on our platform”.
Annamah disclosed this while briefing journalists in Lagos on the implications of the Trade Agreement and the possible impact on eCommerce’s operations in Nigeria and Africa, wherein Jumia has established an unrivalled presence, and has earned the Alibaba or Amazon of Africa’s title.
She noted that Jumia assist chinese organisations to identify potential shippers they can use to aggregate in such a way that the shipping cost in Nigeria will be lower for the final customer.
She however, assured the FG that, among other benefits, the trade pact will encourage partnerships among eCommerce firms within the continent, and impact the country’s growing economy significantly.
The scope of the pact covered agreements on trade in goods, services, investment, and rules and procedures on dispute settlement, including a range of provisions to facilitate trade, reduce transaction costs, provide exceptions, flexibilities and safeguards for vulnerable groups and countries in challenging circumstances.
According to her, a diligent review of the structural trade barriers, establishment of the right trade agreement, cross border and taxational cross border tariffs, will foster partnerships amongst eCommerce companies within and outside the continent.
“Signing the continental free trade agreement is good for the economy and the whole of Africa. But in terms of the actual removal of the barriers, reshaping of the tariffs in such a way that it becomes attractive to export products from one country to the other, only government can do that. Looking at the structural barriers to trade, by the time government establishes the right trade agreement, and the right tariffs – cross border tariffs and taxational cross borders, partnerships with foreign eCommerce companies will naturally evolve.
“As a consumer I could go to a Moroccan website and see an item I want to buy from Nigeria. But by the time I check the cost of transhipment from Nigeria to Morocco, it really won’t make sense for me because of cross border taxation and the tariffs that are applicable. Once those are sorted out, potential partnerships within the continent will be organic and the economy will feel the impact,”she stated.