General information on the EORI application procedure
What is the purpose of an EORI number?
The EORI number:
- uniquely identifies economic operators and other persons in their dealings with the customs authorities;
- must be quoted in all communications (applications during the customs procedure, customs declarations, appeals etc.) between the economic operator or other persons and the customs authorities (including in other member states);
- is also used when exchanging information with other customs authorities and other authorities.
Who has to register?
All economic operators who conduct activities (including passively) within the scope of their business activities that are subject to customs law (e.g. as an importer, exporter, declarant, authorisation holder during customs procedures or similar) and that have their registered office or residence in the customs territory of the Community (specifically, in Austria) must register with the Austrian customs administration to be allocated an EORI number.
Non-economic operators (e.g. private individuals) can also register.
Each economic operator is allocated a single EORI number, which must then be used by the economic operator and, where applicable, by branches of the economic operator throughout the European Union.
To register for an EORI number, an application must be submitted.
Each economic operator must complete its own registration application; hauliers cannot submit applications for each of their customers.
The registration application must be completed online.
The economic operator will then receive an e-mail with the application information in the form of an EORI application, which must be printed out, signed and returned by post or fax to the customs office responsible for the economic operator’s registered office.
If the hard copy of the EORI application is not signed and forwarded to the responsible customs office, the electronically recorded data is not processed and no registration will take place.
The customer service team in the customs office responsible for your company reviews the accuracy of the information in your application. Once the accuracy has been confirmed, an EORI number will be issued by the customer administration competence centre.
You will then be sent the registration decision on the allocation of an EORI number.
Submit your registration in plenty of time!
Registration applications take at least 10 working days to process. At the start of the registration phase in particular, the customs offices may receive a higher workload, which will result in the registration procedure taking longer.
To ensure that the economic operator is registered on time and issued the EORI number, we ask that you commence the registration procedure as soon as possible.
This will save you subsequent hassle and prevent customs clearance delays.