Foreign Supplier Purchasing
Before doing business with a foreign supplier:
- Ask your supplier if they will take payment by PCard where appropriate.
- Know that payment in advance must be pre-approved. Pre-payments normally require an electronic funds transfer. All parties associated with the transaction ( bank, parent company, etc.) must be prescreened as well.
- Consult with a Buyer.
- If you anticipate using a purchase order, the foreign supplier/entity must be registered with the ISU (i.e. have a vendor number). To register with ISU, email Buyers@isu.edu with the following information to create the ISU vendor number:
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Requisition Number
- All international vendors must be cleared through Restricted Party Screening (RPS) to ensure they are not debarred as a procurement source. Whether the purchase is made with a purchase card or purchase order, the vendor should be prescreened by contacting the ISU Export Control Office, either by email to email@example.com or by calling 208-282-1336 or 282-2618. Note - the presecreening requirement at ISU went into effect in 2015, foreign vendors setup in Banner prior to that date may not have been screened. Contact Export Control to verify the foreign vendor has been screened and approved for doing business in the United States. Export Control Purchasing Fact Sheet
Foreign Vendors and Tax Forms
In order to fully comply with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements for foreign entity payment reporting, vendors that are currently available in BANNER are those suppliers who have:
- an existing supplier (vendor) number as an ISU vendor
- been reviewed for IRS compliance
- a completed Vendor Registration Form
The supplier should visit the IRS website for current W-8 forms and instructions.
The W-8BEN is to be completed by foreign individuals:
The W-8BEN-E is to be completed by foreign entities, not individuals:
How to Check if a Vendor is Already Registered in Banner
Login to Banner and open FTMVEND
- Click on the search button next to the Vendor: field
- In the Last Name field, enter a "%" (wildcard) sign and the first word, or the complete vendor's name followed by a "%" (wildcard) sign.
- You need to choose an Entity Indicator. If you are looking for a person, you will need to choose Person. If it is a business, Choose Corporation.
- Press Go to Execute the Query.
SEARCH TIPS: The wildcards “%” should be entered before and after any word you chose to search with. If you get no results from one word try using a different word from the vendors name.
- If the foreign vendor is in ISU's Banner system, the name will appear in the query list.
Does the Foreign Vendor Need Updated Vendor Information
- Double click on the ID of the vendor you wish to select and the vendor number will populate along with the Last Name, and First and Middle name if applicable
- Select Go and all Vendor information will auto-populate. FTMVEND is for information only and changes can NOT be made.
- In the Additional Information tab, if the Status Date is more than 4 years, New Vendor information will need to be obtained.
- In the Address tab, If the appropriate vendor address is not listed, a Vendor Registration Form will need to be filled out and emailed to Buyers@isu.edu