What is VIES and how it works ?

VIES – VAT Information Exchange System

Using the EU online tool VIES, you can check whether a company is registered as trading within the EU.

The VIES system enables verification of VAT identification numbers of business entities registered in the European Union for the needs of cross-border transactions regarding goods and services.

The search results are displayed in two ways:

EU VAT information exists – active number –ย 

ย * if the correct answer is obtained, the VIES tool will display the EU VAT information.

or does not exist – inactive number –

* the VAT number does not exist
* the VAT number has not been activated for intra-EU transactions
* the registration has not yet been completed (some EU countries require separate registration of intra-EU transactions).