December 7, 2009 12:25 PM EST
I am a small business owner.
Our business sells cosmetic products online. We are getting a growing
number of orders from customers in EU countries. Since we would like to
improve our services (faster shipping at lower cost) to our European
customers we would like to store some of the inventory in one of the EU
countries. Please note that we would not like to open a subsidiary or a
chapter there, only keep some of our inventory there. Also note that
all the products that we are selling are FDA approved but many lack CE mark (we do not market them in EU nor will we
in the future). We were advised by our EU partner (that would handle
the storage and shipping) to obtain EORI number so we would be able to
export and import the goods into EU.
Please advise to us if
our reasoning is sound: We would obtain EORI number and resident
status (for VAT purposes) in one of EU countries. We, or a logistics company acting in our name, would export and import goods into EU. Local company would than storage goods and ship them out upon received orders.
Please advise us as how to best to approach this situation.
We appreciate your time and help!