What is an EORI number?

'EORI number' is short for 'Economic Operators Registration and Identification Number' and is a system of unique identification numbers used by customs authorities throughout the European Union. Find out why you might need an EORI number and how you can get one.

What is an EORI number used for?

It’s used by customs and other authorities to monitor and track shipments coming into and out of the European Union.

Do I need one?

To trade internationally in the EU, a business or individual needs to have an EORI number. Traders from outside the EU who ship to an EU country don't need their own EORI number, but they do need to provide their recipient or importer's EORI number on the commercial invoice. If you, the sender, will act as the importer at customs in the destination country (for example, when shipping goods under DDP Incoterms®), then you'll need your own EORI number. You only need to register for it once, in the country where the first import occurs.

Where do I get one?

Go to your country’s customs website and register for one online. It normally takes around three days for this number to be issued, so it’s best to apply a few weeks before shipping.

Where do I include the EORI number ?

If you’re trading with a European company, you need to include their EORI number on the commercial invoice.

Anything else I need to bear in mind?

Whenever you’re shipping to the EU, make sure you have the EORI number of your recipient or importer. If you're shipping out of an EU country, you'll also need to provide your own EORI number on the commercial invoice.

 This website is designed to provide general information related to shipping. If you’re unsure of the shipping requirements that apply to you, check with your carrier. Make sure to check the rules and regulations of the country you’re shipping from and to prior to shipping. You can find this information on government websites.

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