National Customs authorities assign an EORI number to commercial importers and exporters. Private individuals cannot apply for an EORI number. The identification number is used for processing import declarations and Customs handling.
How to apply for an EORI number? You can apply for an EORI number on the website of the Dutch Tax and Customs administration (Belastingdienst). The number consists of a combination of digits which incorporates your VAT number. More information can be found at belastingdienst.nl.