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Acronyms

  • EU - European Union (from 2021 it consists of 27 Member States)
  • ICA - Intra Community Acquisition  - an import made from an EU country.
  • Intra-EU - within the EU
  • Extra-EU - outside the EU​​
  • ITGS - International Trade in Goods Statistics
  • MS - Member State (EU country)
  • Non-MS - non-Member State (non-EU country)
  • EBS - Europea​n Business Statistics
  • MDE - Micro Data Exchange
  • CDE - Customs Data Exchange
  • CN code - Combined Nomenclature Code (also known as HS Code)​
  • OSS – One Stop Shop

EU Member States/ Currency


Country

Country Code

Currency

Austria​

AT

EUR

Belgium

BE

EUR

Bulgaria

BG

BGN

Croatia

HR

HRK

Cyprus

CY

EUR

Czech Republic

CZ

CZK

Denmark

DK

DKK

Estonia

EE

EUR

Finland

FI

EUR

France

FR

EUR

Germany

DE

EUR

Greece

GR

EUR

Hungary

HU

HUF

Ireland

IE

EUR

Italy

IT

EUR

Latvia

LV

EUR

Lithuania

LT

EUR

Luxembourg

LU

EUR

Malta

MT

EUR

Netherlands

NL

EUR

Poland

PL

PLN

Portugal

PT

EUR

Romania

RO

RON

Slovakia

SK

EUR

Slovenia

SI

EUR

Spain

ES

EUR

Sweden

SE

SEK

Northern Ireland

XI

GBP

 


EU VAT number formats

Each EU member country has a slightly different format for their VAT number system, featuring a variation of numbers and letters. It is important that companies take close care in using the correct format as the numbers are frequently checked against the VIES​ system, and errors may create delays or even fines. Country codes, consisting of two letters, are inserted before the VAT number if the company is using the number for the purposes of intra-community trade.

Below is a summary of the standard formats for each EU country, as well as for Norway, Switzerland, and the UK.

EU VAT number formats

Country​

Country code​

Format

Characters

Notes

Austria

AT

U12345678

9 characters

9 characters the first character is always a ‘U’

Belgium

BE

1234567890

10 characters

Prefix with zero ‘0’ if the customer provides a 9 digit VAT number

​Bulgaria

BG

123456789, 1234567890

9 or 10 characters

 

Croatia

HR

12345678901

11 characters

 

Cyprus

CY

12345678X

9 characters The last character must always be a letter

 

Czech Republic

CZ

12345678 123456789 1234567890

8, 9 or 10 characters If more than 10 characters are provided delete the first 3

 

Denmark

DK

12345678

8 characters

 

Estonia

EE

123456789

9 characters

 

Finland

FI

12345678

8 characters

 

France

FR

12345678901 X1234567890 1X123456789 XX123456789

11 characters May include alphabetical characters (any except O or I) as first or second or first and second characters.

 

Germany

DE

123456789

9 characters

 

Greece

EL

123456789

9 characters

 

Hungary

HU

12345678

8 characters

 

Ireland

IE

1234567WA (companies) 1234567FA (individuals)

8 or 9 characters Includes one or two alphabetical characters (last, or second and last, or last 2)

 

Italy

IT

12345678901

11 characters

 

Latvia

LV

12345678901

11 characters

 

Lithuania

LT

123456789 123456789012

9 or 12 characters

 

Luxembourg

LU

12345678

8 characters

 

Malta

MT

12345678

8 characters

 

Netherlands

NL

123456789B01 or 123456789BO2

12 characters. The 10th character is always B

Companies forming a VAT Group have the suffix BO2

Poland

PL

1234567890

10 characters

 

Portugal

PT

123456789

9 characters

 

Romania

RO

1234567890

10 characters

 

Slovakia

SK

1234567890

10 characters

 

Slovenia

SI

12345678

8 characters

 

Spain

ES

X12345678 12345678X X1234567X

9 characters Includes 1 or 2 alphabetical characters (first or last or first and last)

 

Sweden

SE

123456789012

12 characters

 

Northern Ireland

XI

123456789

9 characters

 

Source​

Incoterms (Terms of Delivery)


  1. Incoterms 2021 Chart
  2. ICC Incoterms 2020

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Contact Information: 

 
Mr Joseph Galea
Head of Unit
2599 7164
trade.nso@gov.mt