As we are sure you are aware with the possible departure from the EU fast approaching, we want to ensure you are prepared for any possible changes to the way goods are imported from EU suppliers and that your supply chain is not interrupted.
For example, currently when goods are imported from Spain, Free release is given and there is no need for an import clearance. As we are not fully aware yet of what will be required we want to ensure steps are taken to reduce any possible delays in receiving goods.
With this in mind you will want to make sure that your VAT number is EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) registered.
If you are involved with imports OR exports to or from the EU, then you may need an EORI number, as without it you won’t be able to complete the Entry Summary Declaration or Exit Summary Declaration.
The service is free and will link the VAT to EORI forever, no renewal required would be required.
In preparation for March 2019 we would recommend you apply for your EORI (a link is provided below)