If you trade internationally and come into contact with customs, an EORI number is required. You use this number for all your customs interactions. For example, if you have to file a tax return. EORI stands for Economic Operators Registration and Identification.
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Apply for an EORI number
Do you only declare in the Netherlands? Then you can compose the EORI number (in Dutch) yourself. This is how:
1. Start your EORI number with 'NL'.
2. Add your RSIN after 'NL'.
Do you have a sole proprietorship? Then enter your citizen service number (BSN) here. Does your RSIN/BSN have less than 9 digits? Then add zeros in front of your RSIN/BSN until the number has 9 digits. For example, your RSIN is 123456. Then this is your EORI number: NL000123456 You can use your EORI number right away, and you do not have to inform the Tax Administration of this number. They check and register the number automatically when you use it for the first time in your declaration or application for a permit.
You must always apply for the EORI number (in Dutch) if:
- someone else, like an accountant or customs agent, files tax returns in the Netherlands on your behalf;
- you or your accountant also file tax returns abroad;
- your company has its head office outside the EU.