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WCO Communique regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

On 30 January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the current outbreak of COVID-19 constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Facing this global challenge, it is expected that the movement of relief goods (supplies, medicines and equipment etc.) across borders will increase dramatically in the coming weeks.

Given the rapidly evolving situation, the World Customs Organization (WCO) is closely monitoring recent developments with the WHO and strongly encourages WCO Member administrations, working in close collaboration with their public health and safety agencies, to ensure the smooth movement of relief goods and personnel while applying appropriate risk management. Members can refer to the Resolution issued by the Council in June 2011 on the role of Customs in natural disaster relief and the Updated WHO advice for international traffic for further guidance.

Moving forward, the WCO and its Member administrations will continue to work with relevant international organizations to monitor the situation and will utilize all relevant WCO working bodies to address the implementation of appropriate measures while sharing best practices.

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What is EORI number and what is used for?

  • The EORI number serves as a unique identifier for subsequent communication with the customs authorities of all Member States of the European Union.

How do I get the EORI number?

What documents do I submit at the first export, import?

  • EORI ID number.
  • Verified copy of Business Register listing and VAT registration number.
  • The power of attorney for representation in the customs procedure must be signed by the statutory body according to the extract from the Business Register.

What must be on the invoice?

  • Delivery terms according to INCOTERMS (who pays for the transport and its price to be divided into CZ, EU and third countries)
  • Number and type of packages
  • Gross and net weight
  • Mode of transport and license number of the means of transport, in the case of a piece consignment a license number of a car that arrives at the local customs office
  • Customs office of exit from the EU

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