You don’t need to have a company or any special credentials to use Alibaba. You don’t need a sellers permit, a website, a corporation nada. In fact, most Alibaba wholesale suppliers don’t care who they are working with as long you buy in bulk, pay on time and order on a consistent basis.
If it says fob, you will need i.e., code (import export code), and also have to pay duty, if any. You would also have to do customs clearance, as well. Try asking your dealer if he could deliver it to your door. If the shipper is going to deliver to your door, then you don’t need it.
There are no general import credentials to buy from the platform. Alibaba is simply an online supplier’s directory that allows buyers to buy in bulk without special credentials such as import license; Alibaba suppliers can work with any buyer, as long as you consistently buy in bulk and pay for the goods.