What is an EORI number?

What is an EORI number? 

An Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI) is a European Union registration and identification number. 

Who needs one? 

 This number is used by businesses that import or export of goods into or out of the EU. Businesses which have previously only traded within the EU will need an EORI number to trade outside the EU. Similarly, if you are acting as the Importer into the UK or the Exporter from the UK, you will need to have a UK EORI number. For example, if you are delivering the goods from Ireland on DDP terms to a UK client, you will need to have an IE EORI number for exports from Ireland and a UK EORI number to import the goods into the UK.

How do I get one? 

EU EORI Number: You can register and apply for and EU EORI number here.

UK EORI Number: Check if you need to register for VAT here before you apply for an EORI number.

You can apply online to get an EORI number here.

HMRC advises that it takes between 5 and 10 minutes to apply for an EORI number. Numbers can be issued immediately or could take up to 3 working days if the HMRC needs to carry out more checks.