IOSS number for imports (ebay message)

I have been notified by ebay that from the 1st July 2021 an IOSS number for VAT collection must be shared with the carrier in order for customs in each EU country to know that the VAT has already been collected and therefore not to charge it to the recipient. This is the message below


"Share IOSS number for imports: where eBay has collected VAT on your shipment from the UK to the EU (up to a consignment value of EUR 150), always electronically provide to your carrier the Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) number provided by eBay. Otherwise, your buyers may have to pay VAT again on delivery."


Is Linnworks aware of this change and will this be integrated to be included in EU postage labels or customs labels?


Essentially is this something which has already been looked into as I cannot seem to find any literature on a solution for this to be integrated by Linnworks.


Kind Regards Patrick


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Came on here to ask the same thing, looks like all eBay sellers will need this implementing into all available delivery services that are booked through Linnworks (Royal Mail mainly for us)

hi,

I have raised this with the developers that look after our Sales Channels and Courier integrations to look at making this information available.


We have looked at the API documentation provided by eBay and there is no reference there for eBay to provide the IOSS number.

Therefore, we would have to look at allowing users to set this value on the Courier config.


Therefore, I have a few questions that would help us with this

  1. Is the IOSS number provided by eBay or when you register on the IOSS Portal?
  2. If it is provided by eBay, how is the number made available to you as a seller?
  3. If you are selling on other marketplaces, eg Amazon is the same IOSS number used?


many thanks

Mark

Hi Mark,


This is something eBay only announced a couple of days ago as far as I know, so I don't think there is a great deal of info available yet, hopefully it's something they will be adding into the API as Linnworks Royal Mail integration basically won't work without it.


  1. Is the IOSS number provided by eBay or when you register on the IOSS Portal? The system isn't implemented yet so they don't currently provide one. It sounds like the IOSS number is an individual reference number for each shipment that shows import VAT/duty has been pre-collected from the recipient by eBay and will be paid on by eBay, but at present eBay doesn't collect these charges in advance. At the moment the recipient is billed for any duty/taxes when the goods clear customs by the courier or postal service. So until it comes into force (on 1st July) eBay aren't providing anything, but the info from eBay (in Patrick's original post) suggests eBay will be providing the number, it doesn't mention having to register on the IOSS portal.
  2. If it is provided by eBay, how is the number made available to you as a seller? Unknown yet, presumably it will be in the order details somewhere and needs to be in the API really for any kind of order management/shipping solutions to work with eBay going forward.
  3. If you are selling on other marketplaces, eg Amazon is the same IOSS number used? The regulations enforcing this on eBay will also affect Amazon (and any other online marketplace), so the Amazon integration will also need updating when it comes into force. The IOSS numbers will be unique to each individual order/shipment as far as I can tell.

hi David,

many thanks for the details you have provided, really appreciated.

As you say this is new feature announcement by eBay and information is light, hence me checking with you as a seller


I will take this back to our developers and our contacts at eBay.


regards

Mark

Hi,

I have reached out to our contacts at eBay to get some visibility on the information they will be providing through the API and when this will occur.


In the meantime here are a few links that may be helpful for understanding more about the upcoming EU VAT changes 


regards

Mark

for reference, eBay have let us know they will be providing a full tech/API update to us in the next 6-10 days.

Once we have this we will be able to provide guidance on what we will be able to implement and by when.


regards

Hi Mark,

Is there any update on this ?

Thanks


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