The Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) scheme was introduced on 1st July 2009 replacing the old Trader Unique Reference Number (TURN) system previously used in the UK. It’s purpose is to track imports and exports within the EU and reports to HMRC for statistical purposes.
An EORI number is assigned to an individual legal identity by HMRC. You don’t have to be a company to get an EORI number, you could also be a partnership, sole trader or individual. It is then used to identify you and your shipments across all EU countries.
Anyone involved with imports OR exports to or from the EU needs an EORI number. You only need to register once – it’s free and easy to obtain;
> Download the word document, complete it and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
> Print and complete the application form and post it to;
HM Revenue & Customs
13 Floor South
How long does it take?
Once HMRC receive your application you should receive your EORI number within 2-3 business days
Do I need to apply every time I import/export?
No, you only do this once
When should I apply?
As soon as your first shipment is dispatched and you have the freight details to hand.
Who should I give my EORI number to?
Your courier, freight forwarder, shipping company or Customs clearance agent