What is EORI and do I need one?

With Brexit almost on our doorstep – January 1st 2021 – there are a lot of things that businesses in the UK need to think about when interacting with countries across the world.

One type of jargon you will start to hear if you send anything to the EU is EORI.

What is EORI?

EORI is short for Economic Operator Registration And Identification Number.
It is an ID code that is used to track and register customs information in the EU.

Why do I need one?

According to the Gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/eori)

From 1 January 2021 you will need one to move goods between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the EU. You may also need one if you move goods to or from Northern Ireland.

If you do not have an EORI, you may have increased costs and delays. For example, if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot clear your goods you may have to pay storage fees.

How do I apply?

Head over to the Gov.uk website today (https://www.gov.uk/eori) and read the short page of information. When ready, head towards the bottom of the page where you will see a big green Start Now button. Click this and fill in their online form.

Where do I use this number?

Currently we have found it hard to get a definitive answer to this but we will endeavour to keep an eye on the market and news to update this page to reflect changes. What we currently know is the following:

In the UK when you are sending mail to Europe and beyond you will use 1 of 2 forms.

CN22 for when the item you are sending is below £270 in value, and a CN23 for when the item you are sending is above £270 in value. Currently these do not ask you to enter an EORI number when sending an item. However, when you send something that is larger than a large letter you start to get into sending them via Royal Mails partnership with ParcelForce. ParcelForce currently do have a space for you to enter an EORI number.


The Legal Disclaimer

The contents of this post do not constitute legal advice and are provided for general information purposes only. If you require specific legal advice you should contact a specialist lawyer and the official Gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/eori).

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