What is an EORI number?

EORI number is used to identify legal persons and individuals based in the European Union, as well as those outside the EU, when performing customs activities in the EU.

With effect from 01.07.2009, for all economic operators in their interaction with the customs administration of a Member State of the European Community, it is necessary to have an unique identification number EORI (acronym for Economic Operator Registration and Identification). In this relation all companies and individuals sending and receiving packages/consignments need to obtain EORI number from the relevant customs office.

Some cases for which EORI number is required

Import Export Transit
Consignor / Exporter Non mandatory Mandatory
EORI number or single (Ad-hoc) number
Non mandatory
Consignee Mandatory
EORI number or single (Ad-hoc) number
Non mandatory Non mandatory
Declarer / Representative Mandatory
EORI number or single (Ad-hoc) number
Mandatory
EORI number or single (Ad-hoc) number
A person responsible Mandatory
EORI number

EORI registration should be made in the relevant territorial customs office of individual’s residence or company’s registered office.