How to Apply for an EORI Number in Germany

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How to Apply for an EORI Number in Germany

German Customs Lawyers

The Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification number is a European operator identification number and is a requirement for customs clearance in the European Union. It is essential for companies outside the European Union who are looking to export their goods to the EU and for companies in the EU looking to export outside the bloc. Since Brexit, our firm has received an increase in the number of questions and concerns about the EORI number in Germany,

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, we understand that obtaining an EORI number in Germany can be complex and time-consuming. That’s why we offer various legal services to assist individuals and companies with their EORI number applications. We can help complete the necessary forms, submit the required documentation, and communicate with customs authorities.

We can also provide ongoing legal advice and support to ensure that you comply with relevant customs regulations and data protection laws and comply with all other legal requirements. We aim to help you efficiently navigate the complexities of the EORI application process and ensure that your import/export activities are conducted legally and in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

If you need legal assistance with your EORI number application in Germany, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

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  • Advice on the regulatory requirements for obtaining an EORI number

  • Assisting with the application process

  • Providing ongoing legal advice and support

  • Representing the company in legal disputes

What is the EORI Number and Who Needs It?

The EORI number is necessary for customs clearance and security purposes. It is companies based outside the European Union looking to export their products to Germany (and the rest of the EU) that need an EORI number, as well as German companies looking to export outside the EU. It tracks and monitors shipments entering or leaving the EU, ensuring that all relevant customs duties and taxes are paid, and all applicable customs procedures are followed. Without an EORI number, an individual or company cannot carry out import or export activities in Germany or any other EU country.

Furthermore, an EORI number is necessary for accessing other customs-related services, such as electronic customs declarations, transit procedures, and customs guarantees. Customs authorities also use the EORI number for the exchange of customs information between themselves and government departments and agencies. The EORI number simplifies the exchange of information between traders and customs authorities and helps to prevent fraud and other illegal activities related to international trade.

Applying for the EORI Number

The EORI number in Germany can be applied by post, email or fax to the German Customs Information and Knowledge Management (Informations- und Wissensmanagement Zoll) or by using the Portal on the Zoll website. Companies must gain the required ELSTER-issued certificate to use this Portal for security purposes. This certificate is available for companies and private individuals.

To obtain the EORI number, applicants must be registered with the German authorities as a company or individual engaged in import/export activities, have a German tax number, and have a valid German address.

Alternatively, applicants for an EORI number can also apply using the 0870 form. The application process is not subject to additional costs but requires an electronic signature and the necessary documentation. This documentation consists of valid identification documentation to demonstrate that your application is genuine, documents from the German Companies Register or the National Trade Register of the foreign applicant for companies or the business registration number for sole traders.

Obtaining an EORI number in Germany typically takes 5-10 business days. However, this can vary depending on the customs authorities’ workload and the application’s completeness.

Our lawyers can apply for your EORI number and make the necessary arrangements. Once your company has given us written authorisation alongside your contact details, we can prepare your company’s application and work with the German customs officials. Where possible, we will seek to accelerate the procedure and ensure no unforeseen complications in the application.

Risks of Not Possessing an EORI Number

Operating without an EORI number in Germany is illegal for individuals and companies engaged in import/export activities. Companies must seriously consider the matter as failing to obtain an EORI number can result in delays and complications at customs and, in some cases, fines or penalties.

If an individual or a company engages in import/export activities without an EORI number, they may face the following consequences:

  • Delays at customs: Without an EORI number, customs officials may require additional documentation or information before clearing goods, leading to delays in the import/export process.
  • Penalties, fines and other sanctions: Individuals or companies that operate without an EORI number may be subject to fines or penalties imposed by customs authorities. These fines can be substantial and include additional charges for duties or taxes owed.
  • Inability to access specific customs procedures: Certain customs procedures, such as customs warehousing or inward processing, require using an EORI number. Without an EORI number, individuals or companies may be unable to access these procedures, limiting their ability to do business.

It’s essential for individuals and companies engaged in import/export activities to obtain an EORI number promptly and to ensure that they comply with all customs regulations and procedures. Consulting with our German customs lawyers will ensure your company fully complies with the requirements. With our support, you can avoid delays, complications, and penalties and can help to ensure that the import/export process runs smoothly and efficiently.