You need an EORI number to trade goods with countries outside the EU.
Apply for an EORI number
The application form you fill in depends on whether you’re:
- registered for VAT (if you didn’t get one when registering for VAT online)
- not VAT-registered and you’re exporting
- not VAT-registered and you’re importing
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.
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: