What is a VAT / EORI number?

In the UK, an EORI number is assigned to importers and exporters by HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs). Your EORI number is used in the process of customs entry declarations and customs clearance for both import and export shipments from the United Kingdom.

When do I need an EORI number?

You will need to apply for an EORI number if you import goods or export goods to the EU. If you're planning on using our London facility, an EORI number is required. 

How do I get an EORI number?

Applying for an EORI is relatively simple, There's an application form to fill out and send to HMRC.

There are three forms to choose from, depending on your situation:

We recommend all non-VAT registered customers shipping to our London facility apply for the EORI number after the first shipment has been dispatched. By applying after the first shipment, you will know the carrier and tracking information required on the application.

Once you have received your EORI number, you should use it on all your future imports to our UK facilities. Additionally, save your EORI number to your Whiplash preferences so it can be used on your UK shipments.

Last updated Aug 28th, 2017