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A No-deal Brexit & EORI What does it mean to you?

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:

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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