EORI Number


An EORI number stands for Economic Operator Registration and Identification number.

It is a ID Code which is unique to track and register customs information within the EU. You would need an EORI number to trade goods with countries outside the EU, or if your outside the EU trying to trade goods within the EU. 

An EORI number is required by a person or business who is engaging in the import or exporting of goods prior to arrival or departure. 

The format of the EORI number usually starts with GB followed by a 12 digit number which is based on the traders VAT number. 

You may also need an EORI number if the UK fail to leave the EU without a deal, to continue trading within the EU after 29th March 2019. 

You may register for an EORI number as a business or an individual. Apply here

Which application form to use?

When applying for an EORI number the type of application form you use depends on 1 of the following. 

Once you have applied for the relevant application and your paperwork is completed correctly, you can expect to receive the number via email within 3 working days. 

What information do you need applying for an EORI number? 

For each type of application the details required are shown below: 
Registered for VAT

  • Full name 
  • Position in the business 
  • Contact details
  • VAT registered name
  • VAT Address

Non VAT registered and importing

  • Business name and Business address 
  • Contact details 
  • Legal status of the business and subsequent information 
  • Description of goods; quantity and value
  • Supplier details and freight agent name if known 
  • Method of import
Non VAT registered and exporting
  • Business name and business address 
  • Contact details 
  • Legal status of the business and subsequent information
  • Description of goods; quantity and value, delivery address and freight agent name if known
  • Method of export

EORI Checker

Before you submit your application for a new EORI number, you must check that your company is not already registered. 

If your company is registered for VAT, it may have already been issued an EORI number automatically. EORI numbers are permanently associated with the company they’re issued to. So you will not get another EORI number if you forget yours. 

If you do not have an EORI number then you cannot import or export goods from the EU. EORI numbers are used for customs declarations of all goods entering or exiting the EU. 

If you need to update your companies details, such as the registered name, address or VAT number or want to stop using your EORI number, you must contact the EORI team.

Without an EORI number you cannot grow your business abroad or work with suppliers based overseas.