Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI)
For the purpose of identifying economic operators in a uniform way an “EORI number” is used throughout the EU. The corresponding Regulation (EC) No 312/2009 of 16 April 2009 on the registration of economic operators was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17 April 2009 (OJEU No L 98 of 17/04/2009, p. 3).
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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.
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.
Attention: 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 receive the registration decision on the allocation of an EORI number.
Registration applications take at least 10 working days to process.