EORI registration is needed when you are going to be dealing with EU countries, either by importing or exporting. The Economic Operator Registration and Identification scheme (EORI), was activated back in July 2009, and it was introduced mainly so as to improve the interactions between the customs authorities of the various EU member states. Strictly speaking the EORI number is basically just like having the VAT number. So, just as you had to go through VAT registration, your business needs to go through EORI registration. The EORI number is a reference or identification number which is assigned to a trader who is going to engage in exporting or importing activities. The EORI registration process is best handled by a professional fiscal representative, who will know what information and documents are required to complete the application. All economic operators headquartered outside the EU need to have an EORI number, as this will be used whenever they will lodge a customs declaration for instance. The EORI number will also be required in other cases and instances such as to apply for the AEO status and to apply for simplifications in economic procedures. The EORI registration and the prevalence of these aspects are best left in the hands of an experienced fiscal representative as they may lead to complications for someone who is not specialized in these fields. The fiscal representative will also be familiar with the EORI guidelines and rules when going through the EORI registration process. So, if you want to avoid problems, and save time, the best option is to have a fiscal representative take care the EORI registration process on your behalf. VACUE can help you do this.
EORI registration requests?
Do you represent an American or European company and have any kind of request related to an EORI number registration? Fill out the form at 'Information Request'. Within 8 working hours you get response.
The EORI registration system
The EORI system is implemented in the EU member states on a national level, as well as at EU level. The customs authorities will allocate an EORI number to economic operators who will be dealing with their country. The EORI number assigned will be unique to each trader and all EORI numbers will be stored in the EU’s database for access by the authorities of any EU member state.
When EORI registration
If your business is not based in an EU member state, you will need to go through the EORI registration process since all economic traders from other countries need to have this number. As from July 2010 such economic traders will need to register for EORI in the first EU member state that they start to trade with. The prefix allocated to their EORI number will be that of this country, and the numbers that follow it will be assigned by the customs authority of this same country.
How does it work?
The process is really simple and quick.
- Contact VACUE online by filling in the form on the website 'Information Request'. Explain what you are enquiring about, that is, if it is about EORI registration issues.
- Upon receiving your request we will then get in touch with our specialists, depending on what you explained in your request. There are several specialists who will be able to suit your specific needs.
- These specialists will subsequently contact you, either by calling you or by sending an email. It is VACUE's priority to ensure that communication is as prompt as possible, and so we guarantee that you will receive a reply from the tax or customs specialists within just 8 hours.
- Within 8 hours the specialist will update VACUE with the status of your request so that we will be informed of what is going to happen with regards to the service required, and be in a better position to manage it all for your utmost satisfaction.
How to register for EORI
EORI registration is best carried out after one has registered for VAT. Certain documents and information will need to be submitted when undergoing EORI registration. In order to avoid problems and confusion, this process is best left in the hands of a fiscal representative, who will be acting on your behalf in the EU country which you are trading with. The fiscal representative will essentially act as a local representative for your business, and since he/she is a specialist in taxation and customs matters there will not likely be any problems to go through the registration process. So if you want your VAT and EORI registration to proceed smoothly, leave all the paperwork in the hands of a fiscal representative, and you will not have to worry about anything at all!