To import or export goods with the EU, you need to have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uses this number to identify you and collect duty on your goods. You may have increased costs and delays if you do not get an EORI number.
Important: From 1 January 2021, you’ll need an EORI number that starts with GB to move goods in or out of the UK.
Read more about how you can get an EORI number.
How to apply for an EORI number
To apply for a UK EORI number, you may need the Government Gateway user ID and password for either:
- your organisation, if you’re applying for your company or partnership
- you, if you’re applying as an individual or a sole trader
If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you start.
After you’ve applied
You may get the number immediately, but it could take up to 3 working days if HMRC needs to make more checks.
Once you have your UK EORI number it can take 48 hours before you can use it to make declarations using the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.
When you receive your EORI number, always use it when contacting HMRC about customs.
Contact the EORI team
If you have problems with getting an EORI number, contact the team.
- Tel: 0300 322 7067
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 18:00 (closed bank holidays)