Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) is a new tax collection system that the European Union (EU) introduced in July 2021. It is used to tax all imported* orders upfront, if the value of goods is below EUR 150.
The introduction of the IOSS system means that now most of the sellers, including Printify and some marketplaces like Etsy, need to make sure that the VAT is already collected at the order checkout stage.
Due to these new regulations, marketplaces like Etsy are now providing sellers with their own IOSS numbers, with the intention that these ID numbers are added to an order’s customs declaration. This provides confirmation that the tax has already been paid and does not need to be applied upon delivery.
To ensure that your customers don’t need to pay tax upon delivery, Printify’s IOSS ID number is used to clear your orders in customs.
Starting from October 2021, Printify handles all customs procedures for you by using the Printify IOSS ID number in the customs declaration. Moreover, all of your imported* orders will be added to a single IOSS invoice, which can be conveniently used for your business purposes.
Read more about Printify VAT invoices here.
We are currently working on a personalization for the IOSS system, which means that in future you will be able to submit your own IOSS ID number to Printify (if your business has one).
Read more about OSS and IOSS here.
Can I submit my own IOSS ID number to Printify?
Currently, it is not possible to submit your IOSS ID number to Printify, but our team is working on making this available.
Our current VAT ID submission system is designed for submitting your VAT IDs, not IOSS numbers, as they serve a different purpose. However, we aim to create something similar for IOSS in the future.
Why can’t I add my IOSS ID number to the address field?
The IOSS ID number should be kept confidential and should be declared only on the electronic customs declaration. For this reason, we discourage you from disclosing your IOSS ID number in the order shipping label.
Why do Printify and Etsy both charge VAT on imported orders?
In contrast to sales tax, VAT is applied at all stages of the transaction chain. This means that there is no double charge of VAT, yet the charge is applied at different parts of the chain transaction.
While Printify charges VAT on the order to you, you are responsible for collecting VAT on the part of your sale to the end customer, respectively. In this instance, Etsy does that on your behalf.
*Applies to goods imported to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, or Norway from other destinations (such as the US).