Ensure that Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) are displayed on the printed Commercial Invoice when shipping internationally. Including the TIN (such as an IOSS number) on the printed Commercial Invoice will ensure that taxes are handled correctly when shipping to your international customers.
The Commercial Invoice template in ShipWorks, by default, does not include the Tax Identification Number associate to your international shipments. This article will guide you through the steps to customize the Commercial Invoice so that the TIN will be printed.
Please be sure that you are logged in to ShipWorks as a user with permissions to modify templates.
If you are unfamiliar with templates in ShipWorks or with how to modify them, you may wish to take a look at our Introduction to Templates article prior to completing the steps outlined below.
Make a copy of the existing Commercial Invoice template so that you have a backup copy. We don't anticipate anything going wrong, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Locate and select the Commercial Invoice template in the Labels folder in the list of templates on the left side of the Template Manager screen.
Ensure the Commercial Invoice template is selected. Then, click the Copy button. Then, click the OK button to create the copy.
A copy of the Commercial Invoice template will be created. The default name for the copy is Commercial Invoice (Copy).
Rename to the Commercial Invoice template by clicking on the Rename button so that the template is easy to identify. For this example, we will rename the template to Commercial Invoice TIN.
Adding the TIN to the Commercial invoice template requires adding a few lines of code. The steps found in this section will walk you, step-by-step, through adding the code within the template.
Select the Commercial Invoice TIN template and click the Edit button.
The Template Editor screen will open and the template's code will be displayed.
Scroll down in the code to approximately line 89 and locate the line of code shown in the picture below.
If you have previously modified your Commercial Invoice Template, the line number may not be line 89. Locate the </tr> immediately after the line of code that reads <xsl: value-of select="sw:ToShortDate (Generated)" />.
Copy the code found below and paste it into the Code tab in the Template Editor in ShipWorks.
The code should be pasted between the </tr> tag located in step 2 and the </table> tag.
Copy This Code
<tr> <td style="padding-right: 2px"> TIN: </td> <td> <xsl:value-of select="$order/Shipment/TIN" /> </td> </tr>
Click the Save button to save the changes to the code.
Verify that the TIN: field is now visible at the top-right corner of the Commercial Invoice in the template preview. Then, click the Close button to exit the Template Manager screen.
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