Issues accessing the EU’s VIES system – NI traders

Mar 23, 2021

HMRC are aware of problems some NI businesses operating under the NI Protocol and trading with the EU are having accessing the EU’s VAT Information Exchange System (VIES), a system used to confirm the VAT registration numbers in other EU states. 

If your business has not received a letter from HMRC and has not notified HMRC that you are operating under the NI Protocol, you will need to take action to apply for an XI VAT number by completing and returning a G form. The XI VAT number is required to ensure the correct tax is paid when trading under the NI Protocol. There is no requirement for the business to be located in NI. The guidance and registration process can be found at GOV.UK.

If you are a business with an XI VAT number, you should have access to VIES and we would encourage readers to check this.

If you continue to experience difficulties, please email us at