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Hi There:

I am a manager for an American corporation who has been charged with the task of obtaining a SIRET number - whatever that is.

I'm not sure this site is the correct site to determine this but it is the only site that I can find that seems to be knowledgeable about SIRET numbers.

Our company manufactures medical products and we want to purchase cable from a large french cable manufacturer. They want to know what our SIRET number is.

Bear in mind we do NOT have any presence in France we only want to do business with a French company.

How do we get a SIRET number?

Any help would be appeciated.

Thank you.

Sincerly

Jim Kemp
 

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If you aren't setting up some sort of presence in France, you don't need or want to get a SIRET number. The SIRET is basically the registration number (and thus part of the VAT identity number) for a business in France.

The French cable manufacturer needs to have some "legal" confirmation of where your company is established and operating so that they can not charge you VAT on your purchases from them. If you have some sort of "tax number" (preferably federal, but state tax might do), you can offer them that. They need something to put on the paperwork when exporting the goods so that they can "prove" they have exported goods for VAT purposes. Within the EU, there are VAT numbers that are used, and which help the various EU governments keep tabs on goods being exported elsewhere in the EU (where they are subject to VAT - kind of like paying "use tax" on stuff you buy from another state).

If you're planning on taking delivery of the goods in another EU state, you'll need to give the French company the VAT number for the company or branch that is taking delivery.
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Thank you

if you aren't setting up some sort of presence in france, you don't need or want to get a siret number. The siret is basically the registration number (and thus part of the vat identity number) for a business in france.

The french cable manufacturer needs to have some "legal" confirmation of where your company is established and operating so that they can not charge you vat on your purchases from them. If you have some sort of "tax number" (preferably federal, but state tax might do), you can offer them that. They need something to put on the paperwork when exporting the goods so that they can "prove" they have exported goods for vat purposes. Within the eu, there are vat numbers that are used, and which help the various eu governments keep tabs on goods being exported elsewhere in the eu (where they are subject to vat - kind of like paying "use tax" on stuff you buy from another state).

If you're planning on taking delivery of the goods in another eu state, you'll need to give the french company the vat number for the company or branch that is taking delivery.
Cheers,
bev
thnank you bev
 
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