Set up Country of Origin/Manufacture for international shipments

Overview

  • Country of Origin (also known as Country of Manufacture ) means the country of manufacture, production or growth for an item and is important for international customs purposes.
  • Defining the correct Country of Origin helps to ensure the correct duties and taxes are applied by Customs.
  • Learn about the various methods to add Country of Origin to your items including importing them from your integrated platform, using rules, using a default option, or manual entry.

Why is Country of Origin/Manufacture important?

The Country of Origin (also known as Country of Manufacture) of each item directly influences what duties and taxes could be applied to items. We say 'could' apply as some country trading partners have free trade or low dutiable thresholds where duties and taxes may apply at different rates.

For example: For shipments between New Zealand and Australia there are various Free Trade Agreements in place which provide preferential tariff rates for goods imported into the countries party to that agreement, and rules by which goods can qualify for those preferential tariffs (rules of origin).

Import Country of Origin/Manufacture from your integrated platform

Starshipit can import Country of Origin/Manufacture from some ecommerce, inventory management and other platforms as per the availability. Follow the instructions for your platform below to set up Country of Manufacture to import:

CSV Import

Map the CountryOfManufacturer field to the column you have Country of Manufacture present in your CSV files. Use our preformatted CSV template, or change the mapping by following the below:

  1. In your Starshipit account, go to Settings, then select CSV File Setup.
  2. Select Map your own customised CSV.
  3. Enter your mappings as desired.
  4. Click Save.

See CSV file integration for more information on setting up your CSV import.

Magento1 

Starshipit will automatically import Country of Manufacture for each item if present as a product attribute. The product attribute code name must be set to country_of_manufacture.

Magento2

Starshipit will automatically import Country of Manufacture for each item if present as a product attribute. The product attribute code name must be set to country_of_manufacture or country_of_origin.

NetSuite

Starshipit will automatically import Country of Manufacture for each item if present in the country of manufacture field at the InventoryItem level.

Peoplevox

Starshipit will automatically import Country of Manufacture for each item if present as a item attribute. To map your Peoplevox item attributes to the Country of Manufacture field in Starshipit:

  1. In your Starshipit account, go to Settings, then select Integrations.
  2. Click Settings, next to Peoplevox.
  3. Scroll down until you see Import Country of Manufacture from.
  4. Select an item attribute field.
  5. Click Save towards the bottom of the page.

Shopify

Set up Country of Origin in Shopify using this guide.

Note: Due to the way Shopify works the new Country of Origin will not import through into Starshipit for orders which existed before their products were updated. Only new orders with those products will display the Country of Origin in Starshipit.

Starshipit API

Include the Country of Manufacture in the field country_of_origin under each item in your items array. e.g.

"items":[
{
"description":"Test Item",
"sku":"Test-SKU,
"quantity":"1",
"weight":"1",
"value":"10",
"tariff_code":"123456789",
"country_of_origin": "Australia"
}
]

TradeGecko

Starshipit will automatically import Country of Manufacture for each item if present on a variant. Follow these steps from TradeGecko to edit your variants. There should be a field called Country of Origin.

WooCommerce

Starshipit will automatically import Country of Manufacture for each item if present as a product attribute. The product attribute code name must be set to country_of_manufacture or country_of_origin. See this guide for how to set up the attribute in WooCommerce.

Set up rules to assign Country of Origin/Manufacture based on SKU

The advantage of using rules is it saves you time entering a Country of Origin/Manufacture into your integrated platform for every single SKU. If most of your SKUs have the same Country of Origin/Manufacture, then only a handful of rules should be required. We recommend using the Item SKU condition with the Starts with operator to minimise the number of rules needed.

To set up a rule-based on Item SKU prefix:

  1. In your Starshipit account, go to Settings, then select Rules.
  2. Click Add a new rule.
  3. Under Condition(s) select Item SKU.
  4. Enter the prefix on your SKUs (eg. ABCD)
  5. Set the Action as Set Country of Manufacture, and enter a value.
  6. Click Save.

To set up a rule to assign a unique Country of Origin/Manufacture for each SKU:

  1. In your Starshipit account, go to Settings, then select Rules.
  2. Click Add a new rule.
  3. Under Condition(s) select Item SKU, and change the operator from Starts with to Is.
  4. Enter the SKU. For multiple enter the SKUs each separated by a semi-colon (eg. DEF-01234;GHI-5678;JKL-9101)
  5. Set the Action as Set Country of Manufacture, and enter a value.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for each Country of Manufacture.

Set up a default Country of Origin/Manufacture

A default Country of Origin/Manufacture can be applied to items when this has not been overwise specified or imported from your integrated platform. The default Country of Origin/Manufacture will be automatically applied upon clicking print for any items where there is a blank Country of Origin/Manufacture field.

To set up a default Country of Origin/Manufacture:

  1. In your Starshipit account, go to Settings, then select Options.
  2. Scroll down to the Country of Manufacture field.
  3. Enter the Country of Manufacture in the field.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Save.

Manually add Country of Origin/Manufacture within an order

  1. Open the order you'd like to edit from the New orders grid.
  2. Click Expand next to the Items section.
  3. Select Edit, next to the item you would like to edit.
  4. In the Country of Manufacture field enter the country.
  5. Click anywhere to save your changes to the item.
  6. When finished click Save Order in the bottom left of the order dialogue, or continue editing other items.

See How to update order for more information on updating items.

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