THE BUSINESS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
An Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI) is the unique reference identifying a business, trader or individual, issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). It is required on your declaration, to move goods into or out of the UK.
The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) will introduce the mandatory inclusion of your EORI number on most licence applications and registrations in late autumn 2021.
The mandatory requirement on SPIRE will apply to applications for export control licences where a declaration is made to HMRC’s Customs Handling of Import, Exports Freight (CHIEF) or the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS), replacing CHIEF.
It is important that you ensure the correct EORI number is included, as it will be provided as part of your licence information to HMRC.
You will need to provide an EORI that has been issued by HMRC. The reference will begin with GB followed by 12 digits. You will be required to enter only the 12 digits in SPIRE.
Action for SPIRE users
If you have registered your company on SPIRE, please ensure the EORI number is included.
If you are using more than one number in your SPIRE account, for example old TURN (Traders Unique Reference Number) numbers, please check that only the EORI number is included for future reference.
If you have any questions regarding the use of Company and Subsidiary EORI numbers within SPIRE, please contact your compliance officer.
Individuals and sole traders should ensure they obtain an EORI and provide these details when functionality is available in SPIRE.
No action is currently required on extant licences.
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