Since 2012, the Customs authorities verifies EORI numbers (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number) in customs declarations. The EORI number must be used as as identification number in all data exchanges with Customs. As of 17 November 2014, Customs' declaration system actively checks the use and validity of the EORI number mentioned in customs declarations. As of that date, shipments that do not include the mention of the EORI number may incur delays in processing.
Apply for an EORI number
Via the Dutch Customs authorities you can apply for an EORI number.
Advise DHL Express of your EORI number
For processing by Customs, DHL Express requires your EORI number for all you import and export shipments. We kindly request you to advise us of your EORI number via email to: email@example.com.
Mention your EORI number on the invoice and waybill
To promote smooth and fast customs processing and clearance, we advise you to always include your EORI number on your invoice. If that is not possible, we advise you to mention the EORI number on the waybill.
About the EORI number
Due to European legislation, EORI numbers are assigned to all economic operators headquartered in the EU. EORI stands for Economic Operators Registration and Identification. The EORI number allows Customs to uniformally identify economic operators in all Member States. This yields efficiency benefits for those economic operators and customs alike.