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[Updated June 16, 2021]

IMPORTANT: VAT Regulation Changes Coming Soon

ConnectShip is continuing to gather requirements from each carrier with regard to the new VAT tax number (IOSS, HMRC, or VOEC) changes. Our current plan is to add a new TransAPI field for shippers to indicate the 'Low Value Tax ID' when they determine that the value of the goods is below the destination countries' threshold. It is important to note that the determination must be made by the shipper. This 'Low Value Tax ID' will be included in the required data uploaded to the carrier.

This is a work in progress and there may be additional fields necessary as we work on individual carrier implementations. More to come as we continue to learn what is required at the carrier level.

The following core and carrier updates will need to be applied in order for this new Tax ID to be included in the data for carriers to consume:
  • Core Update
  • DHL eCommerce
  • DHL Express (Europe)
  • DHL Express (US)
  • DHL Express (XML PI)
  • DPD
  • FedEx FSMS
  • Global*
  • LTL*
  • Miscellaneous*
  • Pitney Bowes
  • TNT Express
  • UPS
  • USPS
*New field will be saved to allow use on documents or end of day upload files

We are continuing to gather more details for the following components:
  • Canada Post
  • EasyPost
  • Endicia
  • GLS
  • Logistyx 365
  • PostNL
  • UPS Mail Innovations
Please continue checking this article for additional information regarding ConnectShip software update release dates for this new Tax ID recommendation.


June 16, 2021


[Original Post]

IMPORTANT: VAT Regulation Changes Coming Soon

Several changes are being made regarding the VAT rules that will impact shipments into certain countries where the value is less than or equal to a certain threshold. While these regulation changes will primarily impact business-to-consumer (B2C) shipments, they may also impact business-to-business (B2B) shipments.
  • Effective July 1, 2021, carriers are highly recommending that shippers provide the IOSS (Import One-Stop Shop) number for B2C shipments destined to the EU countries (including Northern Ireland) with a value less than or equal to 150.00 EUR.
  • Effective (TBD), carriers are highly recommending that shippers provide the VOEC (VAT On E-Commerce) number for shipments destined to Norway with a value less than or equal to 3000.00 NOK.
  • Effective (TBD), carriers are highly recommending that shippers provide the HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) number for shipments destined to the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland) with a value less than or equal to 135.00 GBP.
ConnectShip is working with all carriers to determine what changes are necessary for electronic file uploads and printed commercial invoices.

ConnectShip is assessing what fields will need to be added to allow the shipper to provide the new VAT Number (IOSS, HMRC, or VOEC) and the type of destination (B2B or B2C). The shipper may be required to determine when the shipment meets the requirements and which fields might apply to their specific shipments.

Please continue to check here for updates regarding these changes.


May 13, 2021