HMRC state UK businesses need an EORI number to trade with Europe after a no-deal Brexit.
I received this email from HMRC yesterday and I suspect I only received it because I signed up for their update emails (none of the others of which have been useful so far). I am just putting it here for people to see – I’ve been through the process and got my number (but when they give it to you, copy and paste the page into your own records otherwise you have to go back in and search for it once you’ve been approved). You need a Government Gateway login to access it.
This is not legal or business advice, I am merely sharing what I’ve been sent in case it helps any other sole traders who are not VAT-registered.
The Government has said that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances.
Leaving the EU without a deal means there will be immediate changes to the way UK businesses trade with the EU that may impact your business.
- UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise and VAT processes to goods sold into the EU (these are the same rules that already apply for goods and services traded outside of the EU).
- Trading partners in the EU will have to apply customs, excise and VAT processes to trade they carry out with you, in the same way that they do for goods and services traded from outside of the EU.
HMRC is helping businesses get ready for Brexit by automatically issuing them with a UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number. We have written to more than 88,000 VAT registered companies to let them know the UK EORI number they’ve been assigned. Businesses will not be able to move goods in and out of the UK without one.
If your business is not VAT-registered, you will still need to apply now for a UK EORI. HMRC cannot give you this automatically.
You can check the next steps you need to take to ensure that your business is ready for Brexit using our trader checklist.
We will continue to provide you with the latest guidance and support to help you prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU.
You can sign up for HMRC emails here.
You can register for Government Gateway here.
Not legal advice. Not tax advice. Sharing what I’ve been sent.