What is a Tax ID?
A Tax ID in shipping is a general term used to describe a combination of numbers that identify specific citizens in countries that require identification for screening purposes at customs. There may be variations in phrasing depending on the destination country. In some Asian countries, the number is specifically referred to as a TIN (China, Taiwan, South Korea). In Brazil, on the other hand, the tax ID is referred to as a CPF number.
Couriers shipping to certain countries may require a customer's Tax ID to be provided upon shipment creation to ensure smooth customs clearance. Failure to provide a Tax ID for certain countries may lead to issues at customs resulting in return or abandonment.
In the spreadsheet below, you will find countries and courier Tax ID policies that will help guide your international shipping strategy on Easyship.
Required: Shipment cannot be generated on Easyship without a Tax ID entered
Suggested: The user will be notified that a Tax ID is suggested to avoid any issues at checkout