Brexit.  Do you import or export goods from or to other EC member states, and do not have an EORI?  If so, you should read this.

An EORI number, Economic Operator Registration and Identification number, is required by businesses which import and/or export goods to countries outside the EU, and is used by Customs to control and identify movements of goods.

If the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, it is likely that that the Customs arrangements for movements of goods to and from the EU, will be replaced by similar arrangements to those now in place for movements of goods to and from outside the EU.  This will mean that you will need an EORI for your Customs declarations.

If you think this may affect you, then you may wish to consider getting an EORI number now, rather than waiting for March 2019, when HMRC may get snowed under with applications.  If you need one, and haven’t got it, this is likely to impact on the time and ease of getting your goods through Customs.

Application is a reasonably easy process, and links to the forms and HMRC guidance may be found here.  There are different application forms depending on whether you are VAT registered or not.

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