You need an EORI number to move goods between the UK and non-EU countries.
From 1 January 2021 you will need one to move goods between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) or the Isle of Man, and the EU. You may also need a separate EORI number if you move goods to or from Northern Ireland.
If you do not have an EORI, 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.
What is an EORI number?
An EORI number – which stands for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number – is a unique ID code used to track and register customs information in the EU.
Who needs an EORI number?
You can register for an EORI number as a business or an individual. Any business importing and exporting goods to the EU needs one, though if you only do digital services then you won’t need one. You also won’t need one if you’re passing goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It’s helpful to know that if your company is part of a larger holding group, then the application must be processed by the parent company, not the subsidiary.
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