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VAT (Value Added Tax) Number

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A VAT number is required to import into the EU.

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What is VAT Number?

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.

Do I need a VAT number for every EU country?

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.

How do I request a VAT number?

VAT numbers can be requested from the local government of EU countries, and can often be completed online.

When do I pay VAT?

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.


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