Brexit Preparations: Get an EORI Number


March 29 is getting closer. It is still not clear what exactly will happen and if and how the UK will leave the EU. One thing is clear: the chances that the UK will leave the EU are high. For companies importing or exporting to or from the UK a lot will change.

This blog post is the first in a series that will explain the main preparations importers and exporters should take. The first is getting an EORI number

What is an EORI number?

Companies only doing business within the EU or companies that are considering importing or exporting goods to or from the UK need to get an EORI number.

An EORI number is a European Union registration and identification number for businesses that want to import or export goods into or out of the EU. An EORI number is assigned by the member state where your company is established. Once you have an EORI number, this number will be valid in all other EU member states.

The EORI number is used as an identification number in all customs procedures when exchanging information with Customs administrations.

What does an EORI number look like?

The EORI number exists out of two parts: the country code of the issuing Member State, followed by a code or number that is unique in the Member State. For example: in both the Netherlands and the UK it is the country code followed by your company’s NL or UK VAT number.

Where do I get an EORI number?

How to get an EORI number varies per member state. According to the Customs Authority in the Netherlands companies registered there don’t have to apply for an EORI number, but they can deduct it themselves. Companies that wish to apply for one, can do so.

Applying for an EORI number in different countries

The procedure for applying for an EORI number varies per country. Please find the information for several EU countries below:

The Netherlands

Belgium (Dutch and French only)





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