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Becoming an UK registered Importer - EORI

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When an importer is declared on the Customs form C88, when declaring goods to 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 first 9 will be the UK VAT Registration number for those who are VAT registered 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 on the Customs paperwork.

The UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) Scheme

1. A brief introduction:

The implementation of EORI in the UK replaced the previously used Customs trader Identifcation system, TURN. 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 online by email. Whichever method you choose the application form must be fully completed and signed by a responsible person within your business i.e. a director, partner or sole proprietor. If the information you provide is incomplete or inaccurate we will either return the applcation form to you or telephone to obtain the correct information.

The application process is via an online form on the HMRC website. Click here and follow the instructions.

3. How quickly will I be notified of my EORI number?

You should receive an 'auto-reply' email once your application has been successfully submitted and in most cases the EORI application will normally be processed with five working days of receipt by the EORI Team. It will take a further day to upate our CHIEF and EU EORI systems. You will be notified in writing of your new EORI number. If you have not received any notification by then, you may send an email to .

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)

What if I have a query?

If you have a query about any of the contents of these FAQs please email quoting your name and TURN/EORI number.

For more information or if you have an enquiry, please feel free to contact a member of our Imports Team, on 0345 309 6360, or email us at:

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