Why is my Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer required to use ShipStation?

SinceShipStation provides business-to-business (B2B) services, we must confirm we are working with registered businesses to be compliant with current legislation. The Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer is the method we use to determine the business status of a company. This is why we require your USt-IdNr to use ShipStation.

If you instead need details on how to add your Tax Identifier Number to customs declarations, see our Tax Identifier Number Guide.

This Guide is Not Legal Advice

This article is only a guide and not a substitute for legal advice. Please consult a tax expert to discuss your specific business needs.

What is a USt-IdNr?

The Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer (USt-IdNr) is used to identify businesses as approved to charge VAT.

How to add Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer to your Account

You can enter your Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer from the Payments & Subscription page in Settings.

  1. Click the Add Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer button.

  2. Enter your Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer. Click Submit to finish.


Enter your USt-IdNr to avoid account suspension.

A notification to add your USt-IdNr will repeat upon login until you have done so.

The USt-IdNr field only accepts numbers. You do not need to enter dashes or country codes.

Your Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer will display in the Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer card.

Will ShipStation charge VAT on subscription and label purchases?

ShipStation does not charge VAT for subscriptions or ShipStation Carrier label purchases. To be more accurate, it is a 0% rate for these services. If you purchase labels through your own carrier accounts, it is up to that carrier whether they charge VAT for their label purchases.

What if my USt-IdNr is not accepted?

Ensure your Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer is accurate and up to date. The best way to check your USt-IdNr is to check your local Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer website. You can also utilize the VIES to look up your ID.

How do I edit/update USt-IdNr?

Send an email to our Support Team to edit or update your USt-IdNr.

What if I do not have a USt-IdNr?

ShipStation only offers its services to registered businesses. Accounts that fail to add a USt-IdNr will be suspended.

We would recommend registering your business or using our partner shipping solution PackLink Pro.

Visit PackLink Pro to register.

Is my information secure?

Yes. ShipStation only uses your Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer to confirm we are selling our services to another business. See our Privacy Policy for more details on how we manage private information.