EORI number: mandatory for the submitting, amending or extending customs applications for action
26 August 2020
From 15 September 2020, all rights holders and legal representatives who wish to submit a new customs application for action (AFA) or to amend or extend their existing applications for action must have an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number).
According to the new Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1209 of 13 August 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1352/2013 establishing the forms provided for in Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights, as of 15 September 2020 all rights holders and legal representatives who wish to submit a new customs application for action (AFA) or to amend or extend their existing applications for action must have an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number).
The EORI number is a unique identification number that is assigned by a customs authority to an economic operator. This number is used in customs-related activities throughout the EU.
EORI number and customs applications for action
From 15 September 2020, it will be mandatory to include the EORI number in a customs application for action. Users of the IP Enforcement Portal can file their AFAs electronically using the Portal’s special feature, in 4 easy steps. As the Portal guides the users through the AFA application form, it will show them where exactly they have to include the EORI number.
We invite all our users to update their profiles with the EORI number in their company profile (for rights holders) and their legal representative’s profile, as soon as they have one.
To further explain the EORI number and its inclusion in the AFAs, we are organising a webinar on the 06/10/2020 with the cooperation of the European Commission.
How can I request an EORI number?
You can find more information on the EORI number and how to request one in your Member State on the European Commission dedicated webpage. In addition, more information on including the EORI number in an AFA can be found on the European Commission’s webpage on how to defend your rights.
How can I update my company profile in the IP Enforcement Portal with the EORI number?We have included a specific field in the Company Details under the tab Company Information where you can insert the EORI number. You can also update the information of your legal representative’s profile. Detailed instructions will soon be available in an updated step-by-step user guide to the Portal.