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Announcement regarding EORI numbers

Error in notification sent out last week by HMRC, regarding arrangements for EORI if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

It was said that an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number has 8 digits. BIFA along with other parties have questioned the inaccuracy of this announcement and have been advised by HMRC that this was incorrect.

HMRC have confirmed that in fact it’s a twelve digit number beginning with the prefix ‘GB’, such as GB000000000000,

If you have a current EORI number, you don’t need to take any further action and your current number will be valid.

HMRC apologise for the error and have updated the letter on GOV.UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-on-no-deal-brexit-advice-for-businesses-trading-with-the-eu-andor-the-rest-of-the-world

Whilst on the subject of EORI numbers, HMRC have issued updated guidance which can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-uk-eori-number-to-trade-within-the-eu#information-youll-need-to-apply-for-an-eori-number.

The following important phrase within the text is to be noted:-

If your EORI number does not start with GB

You can continue to use it to import and export goods with the EU after the UK leaves the EU for a temporary period.

HMRC will provide further guidance shortly after the UK leaves the EU to tell you when you’ll need to apply for UK EORI number.

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