The EORI number (Economic Operators´ Registration and Identification) is the successor of the customs number at the European level. It serves to identify economic operators and to simplify automated customs processing.
EORI numbers are allocated by the customs authority and are required for customs processing within the European Union.
The EORI number can contain up to 17 digits. It begins with the two-digit country ISO code of the relevant member state. You can check on the central EU database if an EORI No. has already been generated for your company.
Indicating their EORI number is mandatory for economic operators. Private individuals are not obliged to enter an EORI number in customs declarations. If the goods to be exported require a permit, however, then even private persons have to enter an EORI number.
In cross-border parcel shipping the EORI number is mandatory for customs processing.