What is an EIN?
An Employer Identification Number or Employer ID Number (EIN) is a tax ID that the U.S. government’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses to identify business entities located in the U.S.
Flexport will ask for a copy of your IRS Notice to verify your EIN when you are setting up your account with Flexport.
Please visit Employer ID Numbers - IRS for more information.
What if I don’t have an EIN? How can I apply for an EIN?
If you don’t have an EIN, you can apply for it with the IRS. Please visit How to Apply for an EIN - IRS for more information.
What can I do as I am getting a duplicate EIN error in the platform?
Looks like your company with this EIN number already has an account with Flexport. Please contact our customer service team who can help with next steps to resolve this issue.
What if I don’t have EIN as a foreign importer?
If you don’t have an EIN and are a foreign importer, you will be assigned a Customs Assigned Importer Number (CAIN). Foreign importers can obtain a CAIN for these purposes.