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Introduction to EORI Number in the UK

Introduction to EORI Number in the UK

An EORI (Economic Operators) Registration and Identification) number is  used in all customs procedures for an individual or a business entity that is registered in the UK or the goods move to or from European Union countries. As of 1st January 2021, when UK left the European Union,  a universal European EORI number is not valid for the UK. Businesses need a UK EORI number starting with GB, usually.

In summary, this is the number used for customs registration for import and export, and the countries to which the goods are moved include but are not limited to the following countries (cities):-

(1) between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) or the Isle of Man and any other country (including the EU)
(2) between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
(3) between Great Britain and the Channel Islands
(4) between Northern Ireland and countries outside the EU

An EORI number guarantees a smooth and efficient process of exchanging information with UK customs authorities and other countries. An EORI number is made up of a country code, to show where the organisation or individual is registered, and a unique code or number.

(1)  VAT registered businesses: GB  + VAT number + 000
(2)  Non-VAT registered businesses: GB + number issued by HMRC

An EORI number has to be obtained before the goods leaving or arriving the UK custom. If you donít have an EORI number then you cannot import or export good in and out the UK legally. This is because the number is used for customs declarations of all goods entering or exiting the UK. Without a number, you could face increased costs and delays.

If a company is part of a larger holding group, the application must be processed by the parent company, not the company as a subsidiary. You do not need an EORI number if you are moving goods for personal use only.

  1. Service Fee for EORI Number Application

    Our service fee for applying for a UK EORI number is GBP 300, which includes the following services.
    (1)
    Answer EORI number application related questions
    (2)
    Official application fee  
    (3)
    Prepare related documents and assist in completion

    Notes:
    (1)
    Our fee quoted does not include courier/postage charge and other out-of-pocket  expenses, if any.
    (2)
    Our fee quoted does not include custom clearance, VAT registration etc, if needed.

  2. Registration Time Frame

    In general, it takes 2 to 3 working days to apply for an EORI number in the UK, Unless HM Revenue & Customs requests an investigation or provide further information, the processing time will be extended.

  3. Materials Require for Application

    You are required to provide the following documents for applying for an EORI number by post, fax or email:
    (1)
    If you are a company, Certificate of Registration
    (2)
    If you are a company, a copy of Article of Association
    (3)
    If you are a company, Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number
    (4)
    If the company is VAT registered, VAT number and effective date of registration
    (5)
    Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code
    (6)
    Business estimated trading start date
    (7)
    If you are an individual or a sole trader, National Insurance number
    (8)
    If you are an individual or a sole trader, a copy of valid passport and address proof within 3 months (utility bills, phone bills and bank statement)

  4. Payment Terms and Methods

    Upon receipt of your confirmation of engagement, full payment in advance is required as once the service commenced, no refund of the service fee can be made.  

    We accept cash, HKD check, TT, and credit card through Paypal. An extra handling fee of 5% will be charged if paid by Paypal. Please put our invoice number on the message section when making payment and send a copy of the remittance receipt to us for our records.

  5. Subsequent Changes

    The EORI applicant or business may contact the EORI Department in the UK if:
    (1)
    Update your company details, such as the company registered name, or address
    (2)
    Register for VAT for the first time
    (3)
    Stop using EORI number
    (4)
    Remove company details from public EORI database


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