EORI stands for Economic Operator Registration and Identification. It allows the different customs authorities to track imports and exports within the European Union. It’s usually allocated to individual legal identities for easy identification by customs. As long as you’re importing or exporting to/from the EU, you will require the EORI. To apply, send an application directly to the customs authorities of the country in which you are established.

Keep in mind: You don’t need to be a registered company to obtain the EORI number. Sole traders and individuals can get the number the same way.

Note that the EORI differs from the VAT. The VAT number is for taxes, while the EORI assists with customs services by tagging you as a business operator. If you’re a VAT-registered company, you should already have an EORI number. If not, you can always apply for it again from your customs office

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