What is EORI?

The basic purpose of EORI is to establish a system whereby every trader who interacts with Customs Authorities in any Member State of the EU is allocated a unique reference number. This reference number will be valid throughout the EU and will serve as a common reference number for the trader’s interaction with the Customs Authorities of any Member State. The number will have to be used by traders in all export declarations with effect from 1 July 2009. It will also be used for the exchange of information between the Customs authorities of the EU and, where appropriate, between Customs and other bodies e.g. statistical authorities.