The Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) system is used by every Irish trader who interacts with the customs authorities in any EU country. Each economic operator is allocated an unique reference number, called an EORI number which will be used by the customs authorities in Ireland and other EU member states for identification. EORI numbers have been introduced in Ireland since 2009 and is used by Irish companies and sole traders involved in import and export activities. The EORI number is employed for the exchange of information between the customs authorities in the European Union, and where necessary, between the customs authorities and other authorities. However, the EORI number can be used for exchange purposes with the consent of the Irish owner. Our Irish consultants in company registration can help you obtain an EORI number.
In order to avoid any confusion, the tax authorities have aligned the EORI number to the Irish VAT number. The EORI system is made up of two elements, one at national level where all Irish economic operators are registered and one at European level, where all EU economic operators are registered.
All Irish EORI numbers have the IE prefix in front followed by the company’s VAT number. Foreign operators applying for EORI registration in Ireland will be issued different numbers depending on the structure of their VAT numbers.
All Irish companies involved in cross-border activities are required to quote their EORI numbers or VAT numbers on electronic declarations. Economic operators are required to fill out electronic Single Administrative Document (SAD) declarations in which they will also insert their EORI numbers for both import and export procedures and then file the declarations with the Irish Revenue. Irish companies will also be required to submit other documents related to the transport of goods. The same procedure is available for foreign economic operators coming to Ireland.
For complete information about the Irish EORI system you can refer to our specialists. You can also contact us if you want to open a company in Ireland.