Some countries impose Sales Tax or Value Added Tax (VAT) on international shipments, and require shippers to provide their recipient's national tax ID number on the label.

If the country you're shipping to requires this, you can enter the national tax ID number in the Company Field when creating your label 👍 Here's where to find that:

Your international recipient's Tax ID is similar to how Social Security Numbers (SSN) or Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) work in the United States 😉

Oftentimes, your international recipient will provide their tax ID to you when they place their order. While Pirate Ship doesn't require you to enter your international recipient's tax ID in order to create labels, your shipment may be refused at customs if you don't provide it when shipping to certain countries.

Below are some examples of countries that require a national tax ID for shipments to clear customs:

Brazil

If your Brazilian recipient doesn’t provide you with their Tax ID number when they place their order, we suggest contacting them before creating your label and asking for it.

In Brazil, the importer’s Tax ID Number is called the CPF for natural persons (people), and CNPJ for legal persons (companies). The formatting of the two different identification types is as follows:

  • CPF: 000.000.000-00

  • CNPJ: 00.000.000/0000-00

New Zealand

New Zealand's national tax ID is called the IRD number, and the government's Inland Revenue agency assigns one to each individual and business entity.

According to NZ Inland Revenue, the IRD number consists of the following parts:

  • A seven or eight-digit base number

  • A trailing check digit

Norway

The Norwegian government requires that Value Added Tax (VAT) payments come from online sellers with annual sales of 50,000 Kroner or more to Norwegian consumers. Individuals or businesses that meet or exceed this threshold will need to register with the Norwegian Tax Administration, Skatteetaten.

If this is the case for you, then you are responsible for remitting taxes to the Norweigan government, and not your recipient.

United Kingdom

  • You do NOT need to put any tax ID numbers on the shipping label for UK shipments.

  • If the total shipment value is BELOW £135 (around ~$175 US dollars), the online seller (that's you) is responsible for paying a Value Added Tax (VAT) to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Department (HMRC).

  • If the sale takes place via an online marketplace like eBay or Etsy, the marketplace is considered the seller and will pay the VAT instead of the shipper (so you don't have to do anything).

  • If the sale was made directly to a UK recipient without the aid of a marketplace, you are required to register and pay the VAT.

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Note: The content contained in this article is considered suggestions based on research, and is not legal or tax advice.

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