Getting an EORI number

Jan 03, 2021

Businesses in the UK will need an EORI number to move goods between the UK and non-EU countries and between Great Britain and the EU.  Businesses may also need a separate EORI number that starts with XI if goods are moved to or from Northern Ireland.

From 1 January 2021, an EORI number that starts with GB is needed to move goods between GB and other countries. If your current EORI number does not start with GB, you will need to apply for a new one.

If you move goods to or from Northern Ireland, you’ll need an EORI number that starts with XI:

  • move goods between Northern Ireland and non-EU countries
  • make a declaration in Northern Ireland
  • get a customs decision in Northern Ireland

If you already have an EORI number from an EU country, you do not need an EORI number starting with XI. You may still need an EORI number starting with GB to use some UK customs systems.

To get an EORI number that starts with XI, you must already have an EORI number that starts with GB.

If you already have an EORI number starting with GB

You need to apply for an EORI number that starts with XI if you have not already received one from HMRC in the post. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to apply.

You’ll get your EORI number that starts with XI within 4 working days.

If you do not have an EORI number starting with GB

You can apply for an EORI number that starts with GB and one that starts with XI at the same time.

You’ll get your EORI number that starts with XI within 4 working days.

For more information see gov.uk

For businesses in ROI, if you import or export goods into or out of the EU, you will need an EORI number. This number is valid throughout the EU. More information on revenue.ie