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On 31 December 2020 the UK’s transition period of leaving the European Union (EU) will end. To make sure we can still send you the exam materials you need, and issue your results on time, it is very important that you apply for an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number. This is an identification number used in all customs procedures when exchanging information with customs administrations. For more information see the EORI website and our FAQs below.
An EORI number is short for Economic Operators Registration and Identification number and is a unique number throughout the EU. It is assigned by customs to a company or individual for import and export.
An EORI number is made up of a country code, to show where the organisation or individual is registered, and a unique code or number.
It is used by customs and other authorities to monitor and track shipments coming into and out of the EU. Created by the EU in 2009, the scheme helps different customs authorities share information with each other, speeding up customs checks and improving security. To trade internationally, an organisation or individual based in the EU needs to have an EORI number.
Go to your country’s customs website and register for one online. It normally takes around three days for the number to be issued so it is best to apply a few weeks before shipping.
Before submitting your application for a new EORI number, you should check whether your centre is already registered. If your centre is registered for VAT, you may have already been issued an EORI number automatically. EORI numbers are permanently associated with the organisation they are issued to – so you will not get another EORI number if you have forgotten yours.
You can check if your centre already has an EORI number here: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/eos/eori_validation.jsp?Lang=en
If we send you documents only, it is unlikely you will need an EORI number because documents are non-dutiable and VAT should not apply. However, during the early stages of the UK leaving the EU, some customs authorities in some countries may check documents and this could cause delays without an EORI number. We therefore strongly advise that you apply for an EORI number straight away.
There should be no reason why you can’t get one.
You can still get an EORI number without being VAT registered. You should apply through the normal process.
It will depend on the country. You should check the member states customs website for more advice.
No, we do not need to know your EORI number.
VAT will be due on all non-document shipments from the UK to the EU.
You will need to have an EORI to receive all imports as some may contain dutiable items.
The Cambridge Handbook will be despatched as a dutiable item but appears to be VAT free.
Yes, VAT will be applied.
This is still undecided as Brexit talks around Northern Ireland are ongoing, but potentially yes. We advise any NI centres to contact your local tax office.