Do I need to have an EORI number for international shipping?

What is an EORI number?

An EORI number ('Economic Operator Registration and Identification') is a European Union registration and identification number for businesses that undertake the import or export of goods into or out of the EU. 

Who needs an EORI number?

You will need it if you are exporting commercial goods outside the EU and from 31 December 2020 the UK based artists will need the EORI number to move goods between the UK and the https://www.gov.uk/eori. This form is submitted to HMRC using your Government Gateway account (the same one you’ll use to submit your tax returns). 

It takes 5 to 10 minutes to apply for an EORI number and it is very likely you will get the number straight away or within a couple of days. 

Please see below a couple of links which you may find useful: 

https://smallbusiness.co.uk/eori-number-2544015/

https://www.shippo.co.uk/faqs/what-is-an-eori-number/#What_Is_An_EORI_Number?

You are also able to pose the question on EORI number directly to the courier you will be using. For example, DHL has information on EORI here: https://dhlguide.co.uk/eori/.

Artfinder artists discussed the EORI number on the forum here too, if you would like to have a look. 

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