EORI Application UK

July 13, 2012  |  

The European Union introduced a Europe wide registration system, based on your current VAT registration number, in order to comply with new regulations introduced in 2009. The system will be used by economic operators in all communication with EU customs authorities when an identifier is required, for example, when completing customs declarations.

The Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) system is established in order to implement the security measures introduced by Regulation (EEC) No. 2913/92, as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 648/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council. They will be more effective if the persons concerned can be identified by a common number that is unique to each individual and valid throughout the Community. Traders have consistently been calling for this ever since mandatory identification codes for traders were introduced by Regulation No.2286/2003.

For a simplified understanding of the EORI system, we have a FAQ (frequently asked questions) fact sheet produced by BIFA here;

EORI Application ExplainedFor detailed information: http://www.eori.eu/eori-general-information/


An EORI number is a number, unique throughout the European Community, assigned by a customs authority in a Member State to economic operators (businesses) or persons. By registering for customs purposes in one Member State, an Economic Operator (EO) is able to obtain an EORI number which is valid throughout the Community. The EO will then use this number in all communications with any EC customs authorities where a customs identifier is required for example on customs declarations.


Click here EORI Application


HMRC EORI WebpageOr follow the link to the HMRC website HERE

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