Get an EORI number

You need an EORI number to trade goods with countries outside the EU.

If you’re based outside the EU you need an EORI number to trade goods with the UK.

Check if you need to register for VAT before you apply.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you’ll need to get a UK EORI number to continue trading with the EU after 29 March 2019.

Apply for an EORI number

The application form you fill in depends on whether you’re:

You apply a different way if you want to make customs declarations yourself, for example to use the CHIEF, NES or NCTS systems. If your business has a parent or holding company, they must apply for you.

After you’ve applied

You’ll get your EORI number by email, usually within 3 working days. Check your spam folder if it’s not in your inbox.

Give the number to your courier or freight forwarder. They’ll use it when making customs declarations on your behalf.

Contact the EORI team

Contact the EORI team at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to get help, for example if you’ve lost your number.

If your details change

Contact the EORI team to tell them:

  • about changes to your business name, address or VAT number - if you’re VAT registered, first update your VAT registration details
  • if you register for VAT
  • if you no longer need your EORI number
  • to add or remove your businesses’s details from the public EORI checker