All about the EORI number

When importing or exporting goods, you will need an EORI number in most cases. What exactly is it and how does it work?

What is an EORI number?

An EORI number, short for Economic Operators Registration and Identification, is an identification number you need when doing business across borders. When dealing with customs, for example when making import declarations, you use an EORI number. It allows you to exchange data more quickly and easily. EORI numbers are available for legal entities, but also for individuals and sole traders.

Is an EORI number compulsory?

Yes, you are obliged to use the EORI number in all customs transactions, both import and export. The import declaration must include the number with the consignee. Due to the Brexit, a UK EORI number is also mandatory for imports into the UK in many cases.

How do I find out my EORI number?

Depending on your situation, you can compile or apply for the EORI number yourself. If you make your own declaration to customs in the Netherlands, you can compile your own EORI number. It consists of the NL + your RSIN number. When you outsource the declaration to another party or declare abroad, you must first apply for an EORI number from customs.

How do I apply for an EORI number?

Applying for an EORI number can be done online via the application form on the Tax and Customs Administration’s site. Do you file declarations abroad or do you have your head office there? Then the application should always go through customs.

Need help?

Do you have questions about the EROI number? Or do you need help with the application? Then Rotterdam Customs Services B.V. is ready to help you. Our experts have all the necessary knowledge and are always up to date with the latest changes in legislation.