A VAT (value added tax) number is required to import goods into the EU with Flexport. See the European Commission's VAT identification numbers page for more information on who needs a VAT number.
Yes. VAT numbers are country specific, so if a company is importing or exporting to multiple EU countries, they will need a VAT number for each country.
VAT numbers can be requested from the local government of EU countries, and can often be completed online.
VAT will need to be paid upon import into the EU, unless the importer has a VAT deferment license (common in the Netherlands).
For tax guidance please consult a tax professional.