Get an EORI number

Before you move goods in or out of the EU, or carry out other customs activities, you may need an Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number. HMRC use this to identify you and collect duty on your goods.

If you do not get an EORI number you may experience increased costs and delays. For example, if HMRC cannot clear your goods you may have to pay storage fees.

    How to get an EORI number

    You will need the Government Gateway user ID and password that you use:

    • for your business or organisation
    • for yourself, if you are applying as an individual

    You might need to tell us

    • VAT number and effective date - this is on your VAT registration certificate
    • National Insurance number (if you are an individual or sole trader)
    • your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)

    You can find the following information on the Companies House register

    • the date you started your business
    • the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code for your business

It takes around 5 to 10 minutes to apply for an EORI number. You should get it immediately, but it may take up to 2 working days if we need to make more checks.



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