How does IOSS work?

Although IOSS is a fiscal solution, its benefits extend to customer experience and customs procedure as well. IOSS has many advantages relating to payment and reporting of taxes and customs procedure.

The Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) offers several benefits, especially for businesses involved in cross-border e-commerce within the European Union (EU). Some of the key advantages of IOSS include:
  1. Simplified VAT Compliance: IOSS simplifies the process of collecting and remitting Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods sold to EU customers, as it allows you to declare and pay VAT in a single EU member state rather than in each individual member state where you have customers.
  2. Reduced Administrative Burden: By centralising VAT reporting and payment, IOSS reduces the administrative burden of dealing with multiple tax authorities across the EU. This saves time and resources for businesses.
  3. Enhanced Customer Experience: Charging and collecting VAT at the point of sale means that customers know the final price upfront, reducing surprises and potential friction during the delivery process. This can improve the overall shopping experience.
  4. Competitive Advantage: Implementing IOSS can make your products more competitive in the EU market by offering transparent pricing and potentially lower overall costs for customers.
  5. Compliance with EU Regulations: IOSS helps businesses comply with EU regulations regarding VAT collection and reporting, reducing the risk of non-compliance and associated penalties.
  6. Access to the EU Market: IOSS can make it easier for businesses outside the EU to access the EU market by simplifying VAT compliance requirements.
  7. Consistency and Clarity: IOSS provides a consistent approach to VAT collection and reporting across the EU, making it easier for businesses to navigate the complex landscape of EU VAT regulations.

From the fiscal perspective IOSS allows for EU VAT to be reported and paid.

  1. The seller must register for IOSS in an EU country.
  2. The seller provides the IOSS number for their trusted logistics partner.
  3. EU consumer pays the full landed cost, i.e., merchandise, shipping, taxes, and other fees at the time of checkout.
  4. The customs process is simplified with IOSS, making the procedure much faster and cheaper then full customs procedure. 
  5. The consumer receives the shipment without additional processes.
  6. The seller files monthly a single EU sales IOSS report to the tax office of their registration.
  7. The seller pays the total EU VAT due to the tax office of their registration.
  8. The tax office distributes the VAT to other EU member states based on the IOSS report.
EAS registers companies for IOSS, and provides fully automated the IOSS reporting and filing. You can start the process by registering at