CESA Brexit Guidance - European Union Registration and Identification Number

There are a number of steps that businesses need to ensure if there is a ‘no-deal’ withdrawal from the E.U.

Below is the first of these steps:

Applying for an EORI number - The first item in the ‘To Do List’ is to ensure that your European Union Registration and Identification (EORI) number will be valid if the UK leaves with or without a deal.

This is the number you need to move goods in and out of the EU. 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. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/eori

HMRC recently announced that they will automatically enrol all relevant traders that are VAT registered to have EORI numbers. Further details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-accelerates-brexit-preparations-for-businesses

If the UK leaves without agreeing a deal, you’ll also need an EU EORI number. Details of how you can obtain an EORI number can be found on the link above. 

BEIS Web site extract:-

  • Getting an EORI number is one of the steps that businesses need to action urgently to be prepared for leaving the EU.
  • After getting an EORI number, businesses will need to decide whether to complete customs declarations themselves, or employ a customs agent to do this. As part of the £2.1bn announced on 31 July, we are doubling the support made available for customs agents to train new staff or invest in better IT so businesses can get the support they need to complete customs declarations. If employing a customs agent, businesses will need to supply their EORI number. Information to inform this decision can be found here
  • Traders also need to decide whether to apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures to make it easier to import goods from the EU. Find out how to register here
  • Letters to businesses containing their assigned EORI number will arrive within two weeks
  • If businesses have been issued a UK EORI number by HMRC and then apply online, they will receive a message to say that they already have one
  • HMRC advises businesses to contact HMRC if they are unsure. HMRC will be able to confirm whether a number has been assigned