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Have you got your EORI number?

UK businesses will need an ‘Economic Operator Registration Identification’ (EORI) number to trade with the EU after Brexit.

If there is a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

In the event that the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019 without a deal, businesses will need an EORI number that starts with GB to move goods in and out of the UK.

An EORI consists of a 12-digit number following the GB prefix. It includes the VAT registration number where the business is VAT registered.

How do we get an EORI number?

Depending on whether a business is registered for VAT, an EORI number may be issued automatically or, where this is not the case, the business can apply for one.

When is an EORI number issued automatically?

In August and early September, HMRC sent out EORI numbers automatically to businesses that are registered for VAT and which had not previously applied for an EORI number. If you are VAT registered, check that you have received your number.

How do we apply?

Where a business is not registered for VAT, and it is likely that it will want to move goods in and out of the UK post Brexit, it will need to apply for an EORI number.

The application can be done online. The process is straightforward and should take less than 10 minutes, with the EORI number being sent out within 5 working days. Unless, HMRC need to undertake additional security checks.

Trading with Ireland

An EORI number is not needed if goods are only moved between Northern Ireland and Ireland. However, one is required for imports and exports that move directly between Ireland and Great Britain without going through Northern Ireland.

EU EORI numbers

Businesses that want to trade with the EU post-Brexit will need an EU EORI number, starting with the country code of the EU country that they wish to trade with. This should be obtained from the Customs authority of the EU country that the business will first trade with post Brexit.

Stay up to date

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