By  on July 13, 2018

In a move aimed at facilitating the sale of African-made goods to markets across the globe, DHL has teamed with MallforAfrica to roll out an online marketplace that will sell a variety of products — from fashion apparel and accessories to home furnishings and beauty items.

The site, Marketplace Africa, is meant to overcome some of the barriers that have kept products from Africa from being sold in the U.S. and other countries. “Until today, African craftspeople have been isolated from global customers due to distance, fear of not receiving overseas payments, and complex shipping requirements,” DHL said. “Customers who wished to purchase products directly from African artisans faced obstacles regarding accessibility of items, authenticity and validation of the product, uncertainty of delivery, high delivery costs and payment security.”

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