The decision was made after HMRC liaised with the industry about the deadline and the current use of CDS for import clearances. The two key reasons for the delay are:

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Migrating from CHIEF to CDS means that traders like you need to register on the new system, as well as processing the changes with your customs brokers. One essential piece of information that you need to complete your registration is your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. 

In this article, we’ll explore what an EORI is, and some of the frequently asked questions surrounding EORI numbers and CDS. 


What is an EORI number?

When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on December 31st UK EORI numbers will no longer be valid in the European Union. Per January 1st 2021 there will be two types of EORI numbers. An EU EORI number and a UK EORI number.


As I explained in my earlier post on this subject: Brexit Preparations: Get an EORI Number

An EORI number is a European Union registration and identification number for businesses that want to import or export goods into or out of the EU. An EORI number is assigned by the member state where your company is established. Once you have an EORI number, this number will be valid in all other EU member states.


March 29 is getting closer. It is still not clear what exactly will happen and if and how the UK will leave the EU. One thing is clear: the chances that the UK will leave the EU are high. For companies importing or exporting to or from the UK a lot will change.

This blog post is the first in a series that will explain the main preparations importers and exporters should take. The first is getting an EORI number