Have you got your EORI Number?

Have you got your EORI Number? Your Economic Operators Registration and Identification number is a European Union registration and identification number. It’s for businesses which import or export goods into or out of the EU.

You need it to move goods into or out of the EU (including the UK).

Have you got your EORI Number?

If you do not get one, you may have increased costs and delays.

For example, if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot clear your goods you may have to pay storage fees.

If there’s a no-deal Brexit

You’ll need an EORI number that starts with GB to move goods in or out of the UK, if there’s no Brexit deal.

If you already have the number starting with GB, you can continue to use it. It will be 12 digits long. If you’re registered for VAT it will include your VAT registration number.

You do not need an EORI number if you’ll only move goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

If you’ll be dealing with EU customs then you’ll need an EU EORI number. Get this from the customs authority in the EU country you first conduct trade with or that you request a customs decision from.

Before you apply

To apply you may need your:

  • VAT number and effective date of registration – these are on your VAT registration certificate
  • National Insurance number – if you’re an individual or a sole trader
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) – find your UTR if you do not know it
  • Business start date and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code – these are in the Companies House register
  • Government Gateway user ID and password
  • If you need a Government Gateway user ID, use either:
    – the one for your business or organisation
    – your own if you’re applying as an individual

If you do not already have a user ID, you’ll be able to create one when you apply.

You should apply for an EORI number through the Gov.UK website

It takes 5 to 10 minutes to apply for an EORI number. You’ll get it either straight away or within 5 working days (if HMRC needs to make more checks).


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