You need an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to trade goods with countries outside the EU.
Important: UK businesses that import or export (physical goods) with the EU will need a UK EORI number to continue trading if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. Businesses that are VAT registered will automatically be issued an EORI number, but micro businesses still need to register themselves.
Read the latest UK government guidance on whether you will need a UK EORI number to trade within the EU and how to get one.
Your EORI number is held on both a national and European Commission database. Data is exchanged between member states and the European Commission.
How do I find my EORI number?
After you have applied for an EORI number you will receive it via email, usually within three working days.
If you have a UK VAT number, you can check to see if it has EORI status. You should prefix your nine digit VAT number with 'GB' and suffix with '000', eg GB123456789000.
Who has access to my EORI number?
The general public can access limited data via the EU EORI validation checker. When you are notified of your EORI number, you will be asked whether you object to this data being published on the site.
Your data will only be published with your express consent.
Who can I contact about my EORI number?
You can contact the EORI team using the application contact form.
You can also call the HMRC Excise & Customs Helpline on Tel 0300 200 3700.