On 9th September, HMRC published what it described as a “mythbuster”, which set out to refute various misunderstandings about the Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, the unique customs ID for businesses.  It starts by stating that an EORI number issued by the UK will start with GB, followed by 12 digits; and that it will include the business’s VAT-registration number if they are registered for VAT.  An EORI number from the EU starts with different letters depending on the country that issued it – for example, one issued in France will start with FR.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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