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    EU Parcels and Tax ID

    'Sorry for the indirect subject, but does anyone know where I can find the answer to this?:

    I need to find someone who knows for certain, what number is needed for (in this case, receiving a parcel from Italy) the upper box on this form (see attached photo).
    I'm really stumped on this one.

    Thank you for any help/advice.

    'Forgot to say, it's the seller that's asking for the info., who is a stranger.
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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    The only "National ID" I can think of is your National Insurance number, but why they'd need that is a mystery.

    Alternative would be to get it sent to a friend who has a company and bypass the box that way...oh, and tell him he's spelled "Christopher" wrong

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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    Would the form accept a N/A?

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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    I've asked HMRC, they're aiming to get back to me in 15 working days.

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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    From the horse's mouth (NI number not required for imports):

    Mr. Christopher,

    Thank you for writing to us. Please contact the trader to get more details about it. We can't provide any advise on it as National ID number is not required for any imports.

    Yours sincerely,

    HM Revenue & Customs
    Customs, International Trade & Excise
    Website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus

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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    Here in Italy it's quite usual to be asked for your codice fiscale, which is used commonly as an ID check. The translation would be your NI number.

    Normally your surname is entered before Christian name, hence Mr Christopher.
    Last edited by shakey5; 18-06-2021 at 11:34.

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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    Quote Originally Posted by shakey5 View Post
    Here in Italy it's quite usual to be asked for your codice fiscale, which is used commonly as an ID check. The translation would be your NI number.

    Normally your surname is entered before Christian name, hence Mr Christopher.
    Thanks 'our man in Italy',
    The "Mr Christopher" bit was from UK HMRC, but maybe a certain division?
    I have noticed that most EU buyers postal addresses have the surname first.

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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    Chris - why dont you just make up a number since no one seems to know anything about it ?

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    Re: EU Parcels and Tax ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Stratos Fear View Post
    Chris - why dont you just make up a number since no one seems to know anything about it ?
    It's already been sent with no number Peter.
    HMRC say no IN number needed for imports.
    I didn't have time to tell the seller what HMRC said before he'd decided to send it with no number.
    I'll see what happens.

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