An EORI number is the abbreviation for Economic Operator Registration and Identification number and is a unique code used to track and register goods moving in and out of the EU.

If there is a no deal Brexit, you will need an EORI number in order to move goods into or out of the EU.

Please note that if your company is part of a group, it must be the parent company who applies for an EORI and not a subsidiary.

Both a business and an individual can register for an EORI number.

The format of an EORI number is made up of a country code to show where the company or individual is registered and then 12 digits. For VAT registered businesses, their VAT registration number will follow and then three ‘000’s. For non VAT registered businesses, a unique code will be generated by HMRC (with the country prefix and 000 as the suffix).

If you do not apply for an EORI number and you move goods into or out of the EU, you may incur increased costs (i.e. storage fees if the goods cannot be cleared) and delays.

To check whether you have an EORI number already, you can use the following validator:-

If you need to apply for an EORI, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Outsourced Finance Department and they will be able to give you some advice on how to do so or be able to process this on your behalf for a small fee.

The information in this article is believed to be factually correct at the time of writing and publication, but is not intended to constitute advice. No liability is accepted for any loss howsoever arising as a result of the contents of this article. Specific advice should be sought before entering into, or refraining from entering into any transaction.