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Importing and Exporting Goods from the EU from 1 January 2021

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Importing and Exporting Goods from the EU


If you import or export goods from the EU, you will need an EORI number to move goods between the UK and non-EU countries.


From 1 January 2021 you will need one to move goods between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) or the Isle of Man, and the EU. This must begin with GB so if you already have an EORI number check that it does start with GB and if not you will need to apply for a new one.

You may also need a separate EORI number that starts with XI if you move goods to or from Northern Ireland.


If you do not have an EORI, you may have increased costs and delays. For example, if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot clear your goods you may have to pay storage fees.

You will not usually need an EORI number if you only:


· provide services

· move goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland


If you use a post or parcel company they’ll tell you if you need an EORI number.


For full guidance and to check that you have the correct EORI number see Get an EORI number - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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