The purpose for the establishment of the EORI (Economic Operators Registration Identification) system is to enable every economic operator who directly interacts with the Customs Authorities in any Member State of the EU, to be allocated a unique reference number. This reference number is valid throughout the EU Community and serves as a common reference for the economic operator’s interaction with the Customs Authorities of any EU Member State.
This system has been in use by economic operators in all customs declaration since 1 July 2009. This number is also used for the exchange of information between the Customs authorities of the EU and where appropriate, between Customs and other authorities e.g. statistical authorities.