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IRS Changes to Overseas Shipping Rules

Rules Of International Shipping

Identity theft continues to be a big issue in overseas shipping, especially with the multitude of scams that are in existence. One action that the IRS has taken to try and rectify this issue is in changing the identification requirements that are needed in order to ship cars internationally.

In the past, the ID number that was used was the person's Social Security number. Now, they have recently changed the required ID to be one's Employee Identification Number, which is also known as EIN.       

Not to worry though. Obtaining an Employee Identification Number is quite easy to do if you follow along with our steps listed below, not to mention is also completely free to obtain.

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How to Get Your Employee Identification Number (EIN)

Need Employee Identification Number

As already mentioned, getting yours is quite easy, as long as you follow the following steps:

  • Visit www.irs.gov.
  • Click on "ONLINE SERVICES" on the lower left-hand corner. Then, click on "Online Employer Identification Number.
  • On the new page, click on "APPLY ONLINE NOW."
  • Next, click on "Begin Application" (the page should say "Important Information Before You Begin").
  • At the top of the next page, click on "Sole Proprietor." Then, scroll down on the page and click on "CONTINUE."
  • Click on "Sole Proprietor" again and then "CONTINUE," as this page is designed to confirm your choice.
  • On the next screen that appears, "Why is the Sole Proprietor requesting an EIN?" click on "STARTED A NEW BUSINESS." Don't worry - it doesn't mean you have to be a business owner. Click on "CONTINUE."
  • Next, click on "I am the sole proprietor" on the new screen.
  • Make sure to list your address in the United States, rather than the address abroad. This is if you want your Employee Identification Number mailed to you. Then click "CONTINUE."
  • This new screen will ask you to list your country of residence, as well as your current state and the date. Fill it out and then click on "CONTINUE" followed by listing the most up-to-date address that you have in the United States
  • You will now have to answer some questions. Just select "NO" for every single one of them and click on "CONTINUE."
  • On the next screen, state that you want an Employee Identification Number because of export reasons. Click "OTHER" at the bottom of the screen and make sure to type in "FULFILLING FEDERAL REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO EXPORT." Finally, click on "CONTINUE."
  • The last screen that you will encounter is called "How Would You Like to Receive Your EIN Confirmation Letter?" You should choose "RECEIVE LETTER ONLINE." The reason why this is the best option to chose is that it will be instant and you don't have to wait for it to arrive in the mail, meaning that you don't have to be delayed in shipping your vehicle abroad.
  • Finally, click on "CONTINUE" where you will now receive your EIN. Make sure to print out the page or screen capture it for your own records.
Overseas Shipping Rules

In order to reach the IRS directly, you contact them at 1-800-829-4933.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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