You need an EORI number to move goods between the UK and non-EU countries.
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.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
From 1 January 2021
You’ll need an EORI number that starts with GB to move goods in or out of the UK.
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’ll not usually need an EORI number if you’ll only:
- provide services
- move goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland
If you use a post or parcel company to move goods, they’ll tell you if you need an EORI number.
You’ll need an EU EORI number if your business will be making customs declarations or getting a customs decision in the EU. Get this from the customs authority in the EU country where you submit your first declaration or request your first decision.
Before you apply
To apply you may need your:
- VAT number and effective date of registration - these are on your VAT registration certificate
- National Insurance number - if you’re an individual or a sole trader
- Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) - find your UTR if you do not know it
- business start date and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code - these are in the Companies House register
- Government Gateway user ID and password
If you need a Government Gateway user ID, use either:
- the one for your business or organisation
- your own if you’re applying as an individual
If you do not already have a user ID, you’ll be able to create one when you apply.
Apply for an EORI number
It takes 5 to 10 minutes to apply for an EORI number. You’ll get it either:
- straight away
- within 5 working days (if HMRC needs to make more checks)
What you need to know
You may have to wait 48 hours to use your EORI number for customs declarations in the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.
If you need help
Forgotten or lost EORI number
You can contact the EORI team online.
Other problems getting an EORI number
You can contact the EORI team online or by phone.
Telephone: 0300 322 7067
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (closed bank holidays)
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