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Success for BCC campaign to simplify trade procedures as Government acts to issue EORI numbers

As many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an EORI number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October, Government has announced.

It comes following a successful campaign by the British Chambers of Commerce to simplify trade procedures in relation to the issuing of EORI numbers.

Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to all possible VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks to advise them of their assigned UK EORI number.

Commenting on the announcement Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “This step is long overdue, yet welcome nonetheless. We have campaigned for many months for Government to issue EORI numbers to businesses, rather than simply wait for them to apply. This common sense step will prompt more traders to prepare for change, and consider what else they need to do to be ready for an unwanted ‘no deal’ scenario. 

“Businesses do not want a messy and disorderly ‘no deal’ Brexit on 31 October, but given the ticking clock, it’s prudent that both Government and industry be as prepared as possible. The proportion of firms applying for EORI numbers was concerningly low, and automatic issuance will help ease the administrative burden facing companies in the weeks and months ahead. 

“Sorting EORI numbers is only a first step. For many firms, it will trigger more questions. Businesses still need clarity on many other cross-border trade issues, such as customs procedures at borders following a no deal exit and when the Government will launch an official database to provide ease of access to information on tariffs and quotas.

“The Government must urgently provide answers to these questions,  and ramp up both guidance and support for businesses.” 

If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes five-to-ten minutes.

To begin the process, please click here.