The Economic Operator Registration and Information System (EORI) intends to implement the security measures of the Regulation (EC) nr. 648/2005 of the European Parliament and Council, that will be more effective if the persons involved in the customs operations could be identified by a unique number of registry.The EORI number is unique throughout the European Community, assigned by a customs authority in a Member State to economic operators (businesses) or persons. By registering for customs purposes in one Member State, an Economic Operator (EO) is able to obtain an EORI number which is valid throughout the Community. The EO will then use this number in all communications with any EC customs authorities where a customs identifier is required for customs declarations.

How needs an EORI number?

If your company is the exporter or the importer on a customs clearance document for a shipment through a Portuguese port or airport, you need an EORI number, otherwise the shipment will not be cleared.

You should get your EORI number in the member state where you did your first import/export trading. This will normally be your home country. Once you obtain the EORI number, this will be valid for all EU member states.

How can I get an EORI at Portugal?

Economic operators established in Portugal don’t need to apply for EORI number, because it will be obtain automatically through their NIF (Fiscal Identification Number).

Economic operator established outside European Community  which will do for the first time in the territory of the Community one operation that requires a EORI number, and in the condition that this first operation is made in Portugal, must always require a EORI number, in the electronic declaration portal of the AT, “menu EORI – Third Country operators registry”.

If you need assistance applying for an EORI number in Portugal or other information on Customs feel free to contact our Customs Brokers.

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