EORI number for all customs operations

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

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.

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.

Exchange data faster

Every EU company that conducts international business and customs transactions uses an EORI number. If you exchange data with customs, use this identification number. For example, if you submit an export declaration. This way, your data is exchanged faster with other countries.

Check an EORI number

Would you like to know whether an EORI number actually exists? Then do an EORI number check. Go to the EU database and type in the number. The EORI check then shows whether the number is valid. You can only search by the number and not by other elements, such as the trade name.

More about the EORI number

The EORI number replaces the old customs or TIN number. More information about the EORI number (in Dutch) can be found on the website of Dutch Customs.

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

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This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK