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EORI (Economic Operator Registration Identification)

Definition: An EORI number is a number unique throughout the European Community, assigned by a Custom Authority in a Member State to economic operators or person.

From 1st January 2021 you’ll need an EORI number that starts with GB to move goods to or from the UK.

  • Check your EORI number. Apply for a new one if yours does not start with GB.

Before you apply

To apply you may need

  • 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 organization, 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.

To apply for an EORI number:-

FASTRACK CDS can assist you in applying EORI , if advised or authorized.

What Happens If you Don’t Have An EORI Number?

All businesses within the EU, from sole traders upwards, need an EORI Number when importing or exporting any commercial cargo from or to the rest of the world (outside the EU).  If you use FASTRACK CDS to import your goods we can point you in the right direction at every turn.  If not, here’s what you need to know: