EORI Number - What is it? Why Do I need one? How to get one ?

Any company or individual moving commercial goods internationally must obtain an EORI number. HMRC use this number to identify traders when clearing goods through customs. It is also used to monitor shipments.


If you are an established business in the UK, EU, and NI, or if you trade with these territories, you must obtain an EORI number.

It will allow you to lodge your customs declarations without delays and further costs.

Individuals trading internationally for commercial purposes with or in these territories must also apply for an EORI number.


• You do NOT need to apply for an EORI number if you are moving goods for your personal use.

• You do NOT need to apply for different EORI numbers if you have branches in more than one EU country working with a parent company.

• Multiple UK branches with the same EORI number are usually distinguished using Branch IDs.


You can apply for a GB EORI number online on gov.uk for free. The application process only takes a few minutes, and you will usually have your EORI number within a week.


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