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VAT Expert in Europe

Selling in Europe with Incoterm DDP. Eurofiscalis handle your VAT registration & declarations | I want to learn more

Selling in Europe with Incoterm DDP.

Eurofiscalis handle your VAT registration & declarations

I want to learn more

EORI

EORI NUMBER

An EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number) is a unique identifier  assigned by an EU country  to businesses and individuals involved in international trade within and outside the European Union. This comprehensive guide aims to help businesses operating within and outside the European market understand the importance of EORI numbers and how to navigate the EORI system effectively. 

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The EORI System and Its Significance

You need an EORI number if your business fall under any of these categories:

 

  • Businesses involved in importing or exporting goods to or from the EU
  • Businesses required to submit customs declarations or other relevant documentation
  • Businesses responsible for the safety and security of the goods being transported

 

Having a valid EORI number is crucial for businesses engaged in international trade, as it enables them to comply with customs regulations and avoid potential delays or penalties. Failure to obtain an EORI number can result in disruptions to the supply chain, increased costs, and potential fines.

Who needs an EORI number?

You need an EORI number if your business fall under any of these categories:

 

  • Businesses involved in importing or exporting goods to or from the EU
  • Businesses required to submit customs declarations or other relevant documentation
  • Businesses responsible for the safety and security of the goods being transported

Having a valid EORI number is crucial for businesses engaged in international trade, as it enables them to comply with customs regulations and avoid potential delays or penalties. Failure to obtain an EORI number can result in disruptions to the supply chain, increased costs, and potential fines.

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How to Apply for an EORI Number?

To apply for an EORI number, follow these steps:(wil put in a link here)

  1. Visit your country’s customs authority website or the European Commission’s EORI website.
  2. Gather the required documentation and information, including your business’s legal name, address, and tax identification number.
  3. Complete the online application form, ensuring all details are accurate and up-to-date.
  4. Submit the application and wait for the processing time, which can vary between countries but is typically completed within a few days.

Best Practices

To make the most of your EORI number, follow these best practices:

  • Keep your EORI information up-to-date and notify the relevant authorities of any changes to your business’s details.
  • Ensure compliance with all customs regulations and requirements, including accurate documentation and timely submission of declarations.
  • Familiarize yourself with the role of EORI numbers in customs procedures, such as customs clearance and risk assessments.

EORI Numbers for Businesses in the European Economic Area (EEA) but not in the EU (Using Norway as an Example)

Businesses operating in EEA countries, such as Norway, that are not part of the EU also need an EORI number for international trade within the EU. The EORI system helps simplify customs processes for these businesses, facilitating smoother and more efficient trade with EU member states. Norwegian businesses, for example, should obtain an EORI number from their national customs authority to ensure compliance with EU customs regulations and avoid potential issues when trading with EU countries.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about EORI Numbers

Yes, individuals involved in importing or exporting goods within or outside the European Union are required to have an EORI number. This requirement applies if the individual is responsible for submitting customs declarations or other relevant documentation.

No, a single EORI number is valid throughout the European Union. Once a business or individual obtains an EORI number from their home country's customs authority, they can use it for customs procedures in all EU member states.

If your EORI number is lost or stolen, you should immediately contact your national customs authority to report the issue. They will provide guidance on the next steps, which may include reissuing the EORI number or updating your registration information.

Businesses engaged in trade exclusively within the EU (i.e., between EU member states) typically do not need an EORI number. However, if a business is involved in import or export activities with non-EU countries, an EORI number is required.

The processing time for EORI number applications varies between countries but is typically completed within a few days. In some cases, it may take longer, depending on the complexity of the application or the customs authority's workload.

EORI numbers do not have an expiration date. However, it is crucial to keep your EORI registration information up-to-date and notify your national customs authority of any changes to your business's details.

You can verify the validity of an EORI number using the European Commission's online EORI number validation tool, available on their website. This tool allows you to check if an EORI number is registered and valid within the European Union.

You can verify the validity of an EORI number using the European Commission’s online EORI number validation tool, available on their website. This tool allows you to check if an EORI number is registered and valid within the European Union.

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