The 31st October 2019 is the ‘current’ deadline for our exit from the EU. And, whilst this may yet change, again, it’s looking increasing like a no-deal Brexit is possible.

If your business is involved in buying or selling goods to EU countries, you should apply now for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. To move goods out of the UK, you will need an EORI number, that starts with GB.

To move goods into the UK you will also need an EU EORI number. This will start with the country code of the EU country you are importing from.

You do not need an EORI number if you are only moving goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Failure to register for an EORI could leads to increased costs and delays. Including, but not limited to:

  • Additional storage fees, if your goods are delayed at ports or airports.
  • Delays at border crossings due to increased red-tape.
  • Loss of EU customers if they have look elsewhere for supplies
  • Increased production and delivery costs if you cannot get delivery of supplies from the EU.

There is a simple online application process to apply and there is no obligation to use the number if we manage to agree withdrawal terms with the EU before 31 October.

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