With the potential for a no-deal Brexit the requirement for companies to have an EROI number looms ever present.
What is an EROI Number?
A UK EORI number starts with GB, followed by 12 digits. It will include your VAT registration number if you’re registered for VAT.
Who needs a UK EORI number
If you do not already have a UK EORI number you’ll need one in a no-deal Brexit to:
- trade goods into or out of the UK
- submit declarations using software (or to give to your agent to make these declarations on your behalf)
- apply to be authorised for customs simplifications and procedures
It could take 3 days to get a UK EORI number, so you should apply now.
Who does not need a UK EORI number
You do not need to apply for a UK EORI number if one of the following apply:
- you already have a UK EORI number (an EORI number that starts with GB) because you’ve traded goods between the UK and countries outside of the EU
- you’ll only import or export goods with Ireland across the Northern Ireland and Ireland border
- you’ll only import or export services that do not involve moving physical goods
Before you apply
To apply you may need your:
- 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
- 10-digit 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
If your business has a parent or holding company, they must apply for you.
How to apply
It takes 5 to 10 minutes to apply for a UK EORI number.
You may need the Government Gateway user ID and password for either:
- your organisation, if you’re applying for your company or partnership
- you, if you’re applying as an individual or a sole trader
If you do not already have a user ID, you can create one when you apply.
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