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What is an EORI number?
What is an EORI number?

EORI is an acronym for Economic Operator Registration and Identification.

The EORI system started on 1st July 2009. In the UK, an EORI number is assigned to importers and exporters by HMRC, and is used in the process of customs entry declarations and customs clearance for both import and export shipments travelling to or from the EU and countries outside the EU.

What is the EORI number for?

An EORI number is stored both nationally and on a central EU EORI database. The information it provides is used by customs authorities to exchange information, and to share information with government departments and agencies. It is used for statistical and security purposes.

Who needs an EORI number?

You will require an EORI number if you are planning to import or export goods with countries outside the EU.

As of today’s date (19/11/2013) you may need an EORI number to trade with these countries in Europe – Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Iceland, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland.

Format of the EORI number

VAT registered companies will see the EORI as an extension of their VAT number. Your VAT nine digit VAT number will be prefixed with “GB” and suffixed with “000”.

How do I check if I am EORI registered?

You can check if your VAT number is EORI registered by entering your VAT number in the box on this webpage –

How do I apply for an EORI Number?

Non VAT registered companies can apply using this link – FORM C220 –

VAT registered companies can apply using this link – FORM C220A –

Once completed, your form should be emailed to –


How long will my EORI application take?

EORI applications take up to three working days to process.


Where can I get help and advice about my EORI number?

HMRC operate a helpline for EORI queries, they can be contacted on 0845 010 9000 or you can email –

Barrington Freight are a freight forwarding company, arranging international shipping for UK importers and exporters. We will happily advise on EORI registration, customs declarations, customs clearance, import VAT and import duties.

For no-waffle, straightforward advice, contact Matt Everard at Barrington Freight today.