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EU VAT Numbe cURL

Hi,

it's a idea/bug for the plugin EU VAT Number (not in the list)

My customers and I have this error very often when someone enter a VAT number.

VAT API Error: cURL error 28: Operation timed out after 5000 milliseconds with 0 bytes received

Nothing work except if this field is empty so all my customers (companies) can't bought my products...

cURL is up to date:
apt-get install php7.0-curl
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
php7.0-curl is already the newest version (7.0.8-0ubuntu0.16.04.3).
php7.0-curl set to manually installed.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 52 not upgraded.

Your support said it's temporary glitch with EU VAT Number Validation API, which takes data from VIES (http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/).

But it's very very very often!

So maybe adding a thing saying if the API didn't respond, VAT validation will not be checked. It's better than block everything.

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