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Brexit impacts

The Government has issued guidance regarding trading within the EU if the UK leaves the EU with no deal and recommends applying for your EORI number now.

Read the full guidance document here.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal on 12 April 2019, many UK businesses will need to apply the same processes to EU trade that apply when trading with the rest of the world.

A UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI) number starts with GB, followed by 12 digits. With it you can trade goods into or out of the UK, submit declarations using software and apply to be authorised for customs simplifications and procedures. 

You will need a UK EORI number to import or export goods from the EU from 11pm UK time on 12 April 2019 in the event of a no deal Brexit. This will apply to you if you are a sole trader, resident in the UK or your company or partnership has a registered office in the UK, or your company or partnership has a permanent place of business in the UK where business activities are carried out.

It can take 3 days to get a UK EORI number, so you should apply now. The guidance document explains how to apply for your EORI number and what happens after you receive it. 

You do not need to apply for an EORI number if:

  • you already have one, because you have already traded with countries outside the EU,
  • you only import or export goods with Ireland or
  • you only import or export services that do not involve moving physical goods.

Further information is available from the Government's EORI team.

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