HMRC have announced that they will be automatically issuing a UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number to all VAT registered businesses who do not already have one.
The EORI numbers are a unique ID code allocated to businesses that enables them to be identified by customs authorities when doing business with other traders. Businesses will be receiving them in the upcoming weeks in letter form to prepare for them to trade post-Brexit on 31st October 2019. If your business is not VAT-registered, you will still need to apply now for a UK EORI. HMRC cannot give you this automatically.
If businesses do not have this number post-Brexit, they will be unable to continue to trade with EU Member States.
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