VAT (Value Added Tax) Number

What is VAT Number? A VAT (value added tax) number is required to import goods into a country. 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 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 countries, and can often be completed online. When do I pay VAT? VAT will need to be paid upon import, unless the importer has a VAT deferment license (common in the Netherlands). For tax guidance please consult a tax professional.