Importing and exporting after Brexit.
If your business has traded within the European Union during 2018, you may already have received a letter from HMRC, allocating you an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number. If you have not received this, and you wish to trade within the EU after 31 October, you will need to apply for one online.
An EORI number is a unique ID number given to businesses that import or export goods within the EU.
If the UK exits the EU on 31 October without a deal, any UK businesses that exports from the UK, or imports goods into the UK, will require an EORI number that starts with GB.
If you already have an EORI number that starts with GB, you can continue to use it. If you do not currently have an EORI number that starts with GB, you will need to apply for a new one.Applying for an EORI number takes five to 10 minutes, and most businesses receive their EORI number straight away.