Becoming an EU registered Importer - EORI

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Commercial Importations – EORI Registration

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When an importer is declared on the Form C88, when clearing goods through Customs, an EORI number must be shown in box 8. All UK EORI numbers start with the letters GB. All will then be followed by a twelve digit number (the 1st 9 will be the UK VAT Registration number for those who are registered for VAT in the UK), for example GB123456789000.

All commercial importers must have a unique EORI number. Those that do not currently have one, will have to obtain one from HM Revenue and Customs. For all Private Importations, however, GBPR will be shown.

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The following information is taken from the UK Customs on-line document titled:
FAQ: Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI)

Note: The whole document can be viewed on the Customs website. Click here

Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) Scheme

1. A brief introduction:
The implementation of EORI in the UK replaced the previously used Customs trader identification system, TURN, which ceased to exist from 1 July 2009. UK Customs have however retained a number of the TURN features in the EORI system, in particular the format of the registration number itself.

2. How can I apply?
In order to obtain an EORI number, you must submit an application form. There are two ways you can apply, either by hard copy or electronically by email. Whichever method you choose the application form must be fully completed and signed by a responsible person within your business, ie director, partner or sole proprietor. If the information you provide is incomplete or inaccurate we will either return the application form to you or telephone to obtain the correct information.

The application form is available as a version that can be completed either:

Electronically - Click here if you are VAT registered, or Click here if you are not VAT registered

The non-VAT registered online form must be used by applicants who are not established in the Customs Territory of the Community (UK).

3. How quickly will I be notified of my EORI number?
In most cases the EORI application will normally be processed within five working days of receipt by the EORI Team. It will take a further day to update our CHIEF and the EU EORI systems. You will be notified in writing of your new EORI number. If you have not received notification by then you may send an email to eori@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

We strongly recommend that you submit your EORI application well in advance of when you wish to use the EORI number to avoid delays at import or export.

4. When can I start using my EORI number?
You will be able to use it 24 hours after receiving your notification from HMRC (this should be stated in the confirmation email).

5. What if I have a query?
If you have a query about any of the contents of these FAQs please email eori@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk quoting your name and TURN/EORI number. If you experience any problems using this email address, please use the eori@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk email address. ukimports

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