The report found tremendous export success by small businesses using eBay in 18 markets globally, running the trade gamut from Net Importers to Net Exporters, and the development spectrum from Advanced to Emerging Economies. Key findings include: (1) Nearly every eBay small business in every country covered in this report is an exporter; (2) eBay small businesses export to far more countries than traditional businesses; (3) Collectively, eBay small businesses are virtual export giants; and (4) eBay is facilitating exports to markets that are often not top destinations for each country’s traditional exports, and therefore promoting export diversity and resilience.
This research provides further evidence that eBay’s level-playing field marketplace is breaking the traditional link between firm size and the ability to be a successful exporter, which is a clear step forward to a more balanced and inclusive economy. Additionally, given that exporting businesses have traditionally been more prosperous and sustainable than comparable businesses that don’t trade, this online trade success points to greater longevity for small businesses on the eBay marketplace.
Key Data Points for the 18 Countries Covered in the Report