EORI numbers issued for Customs by HMRC
In order to try and ensure that businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit, HMRC is issuing Customs EORI numbers to businesses and automatically enrolling them in the customs system.
HMRC has confirmed that more than 88,000 VAT-registered businesses across the UK will be allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number in order to enable them to keep trading with customers and suppliers in the EU after the UK has left.
The government announced that 72,000 businesses have already registered for EORI numbers and numbers will be allocated to VAT-registered businesses to speed up the rollout of the scheme and help ensure the smooth transit of goods.
EORI numbers are a unique ID number allocated to businesses that enables them to be identified by Customs authorities when doing business with other traders.
HMRC has warned that if businesses do not have an EORI number post-Brexit, they will be unable to continue to trade with EU Member States.
You need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU (including the UK).
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 an EORI number that starts 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.
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