In order to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need to apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
An EORI number allows you to import and export goods when trading with third countries, and is used to track and register customs information as well as for Customs Declarations.
If the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a deal, it will effectively become a third country and an EORI will be required for any shipment to and from the EU.
A UK EORI will be required from 11pm on Thursday 31st October 2019 if the UK exits the EU without a deal on that date. Currently it can take up to 3 days to apply for an EORI.
HMRC wrote directly to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses which trade solely with the EU between September 2018 and January 2019, advising them to start their preparations and apply for an EORI number.
There are an estimated additional 95,000 non-VAT registered businesses that also need to take action.
Up to 1st March 2019, according to HMRC figures only 17% of companies had applied for an EORI, so make sure you’re prepared for a potential no-deal Brexit.