SOME of the region's independent traders were among the North East businesses that exported millions of goods through Amazon last year.

Almost 700 small and medium businesses from across the Tees Valley and County Durham exported goods via the online retailer which has sites in Durham and Darlington.

The figures which have just been published revealed how some businesses in the region had sold items through its online website, with some of the products fulfilled by Amazon.

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Mallikarjun Erasu, Site Leader at Amazon in Darlington, said that the region had become home to many successful small and medium businesses, which had seen sales increase.

A breakdown of the figures revealed small and mid-sized businesses in the Tees Valley had exported more than £20m of goods through the retailer in 2020.

Meanwhile, around £10m of goods were exported through Amazon from small and mid-sized businesses from County Durham. 

It said that the Tees Valley had increased by 29 percent, as sales from County Durham businesses surged by 54 percent.

Mr Erasu said: “Durham and Tees Valley are home to many successful SMEs and entrepreneurs, and we are proud to support their growth through the Amazon seller and export programmes.

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“It’s great to see local SMEs exporting their products to customers around the world and we’re excited to help these businesses continue to grow, create jobs and increase sales.”

Amazon said there were currently more than 500 such businesses in the Tees Valley, and 150 in County Durham, which sold on Amazon.

It comes as Amazon had previously told The Northern Echo that around half of goods sold through its warehouses come from small to mid-sized businesses.

According to the industry, small sized businesses have fewer than 50 employees, while mid sized businesses have a maximum of 250 employees.


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