12th March 2019
The new digital registration service for Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) numbers is now available on GOV.UK.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, an EORI number will be essential for any business trading with the EU after 11pm on 29 March 2019. Applying for an EORI number is the first step for businesses, who currently only trade with EU countries, to start engaging with the customs system.
Businesses do not need a new EORI number if they are trading with countries outside the EU and therefore already have one (it will start with GB).
The new digital system means most traders will get an EORI number within ten minutes if their application is successful. It may take longer if their application is not straightforward.
How to get an EORI number
Traders will need:
Traders who are applying for an EORI but do not meet the key criteria, for example, are not established in the UK, will be directed to a different form during the process.
Anyone unsure if they already have an EORI number, they can contact the EORI team on 0300 322 7067 or by using the online form.
Making customs declarations after getting an EORI number
Getting an EORI number will not immediately enable traders to make customs declarations. Traders should speak to their agent or software provider about additional steps they need to take. They can also find more information on making customs declarations if the UK leaves the EU without a deal at www.gov.uk/hmrc/declare-goods.