Skip to content

Change on 2 September 2023: EORI number becomes mandatory in import declarations  

Importer: check if your Business ID is also an EORI number.

EORI number – an important business identifier in customs transactions

Importers and exporters who trade with countries outside the EU need an intra-EU business identifier – an EORI number – for almost all customs declarations.You can use this identifier in your transactions an authorisation to use one identifier in their transactions with the customs authorities of any EU Member State. Transport companies must also have an EORI number.

  • Finnish companies apply for registration of the EORI number from Customs. 
  • Companies established in another EU country must apply for an EORI number from the competent authority in that country.

The EORI number of a Finnish company has the format FI + Business ID, e.g. FI1234567-8.

Please note that you may have to provide the EORI numbers of several traders in a customs declaration. For example, the EORI numbers of the importer, the declarant and the representative (if any) must be provided in an import declaration. Read our instructions on how to provide the EORI number in the import declaration.

How quickly can I get an EORI number?

We recommend that companies apply for registration at least two working days before lodging a customs declaration.Customs processes EORI applications from Monday to Friday, 8.00–16.15.

Check the validity of a company’s EORI number

You can check the validity of a company’s EORI number in the Commission’s EORI number validation service. You can search the service by the EORI number.

  • export declaration
  • import declaration 
  • entry summary declaration
  • summary declaration for temporary storage
  • presentation notification
  • upon arrival, unloading report on goods in temporary storage
  • transit declaration 
  • entry summary declaration
  • “arrival at exit” notification
  • exit manifest presentation
  • exit notification.

The EORI number is also mandatory when accessing the EU e-services that require identification: These include:

  • Customs Decisions System (CDS) for applications of authorisations involving more than one Member State
  • BTI for applications of Binding Tariff Information, and
  • eAEO for applications of AEO authorisations
  • The INF service for special procedures where the INF number for special procedures is applied for
  • the CBAM reporting portal and when applying for the CBAM declarant status. 

How do I apply for an EORI number?

1. A Finnish company: 

2. Operators established in third countries (outside the European Union)

When completing the form, use only the Latin alphabet in the text fields. Send the completed form by secure email to Read the instructions on how to send secure email.

Any questions about the EORI number?

For more information on EORI registration, call the Customs Information Service, tel. +358 295 5200 (switchboard).
You can also send questions to our EORI service point by email:

Provisions on the registration of economic operators are laid down in Regulation No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (published in OJ L 269, 10.10.2013).

Keywords EORI number