Revenue update on level of customs registration for Brexit

Today (01/03/2019), as businesses continue to prepare for Brexit, Revenue has provided updated figures in relation to applications for the key customs registration, the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number. Having this number is the minimum requirement for businesses to be able to move goods to, from or through the UK from 29 March 2019.

In the last seven days, 416 businesses have applied for a customs (EORI) registration, while the overall number of Irish businesses with such a registration is now 42,662. The information below sets out the cummulative figures of customs (EORI) registrations issued for 2019 and shows that, to date, there were 2,617 such registrations compared with a total of 2,976 for all of 2018.


Cumulative registrations (from 01/01/19)











Commenting on the figures, Ms Lynda Slattery, Head of Revenue’s Brexit Policy Unit, welcomed the fact that businesses are responding Revenue’s message about the importance of preparing now for Brexit: 'If you do not have your customs (EORI) registration, you are running a real and unnecessary risk that your business will experience significant delays and problems moving your goods post Brexit'.

Ms Slattery urged businesses to act now: 'Applying for your customs (EORI) registration is free and can be completed quickly and easily through Revenue’s secure online services. The figures show that many businesses are already making their preparations. If you currently trade with or through the UK, or even if you are thinking of trading with the UK post Brexit, make sure you get your customs (EORI) registration number now'.

Finally, Revenue reminds businesses that in order to move or continue to move goods to from or via the UK post Brexit, there are a few basic steps that every business should take now to be ready for Brexit:

  • Apply for your customs (EORI) registration or get your agent to apply on your behalf.
  • Ensure you, or an agent on your behalf, have the facility to make a customs declaration.
  • Know the Commodity Code of your goods or products you will import or export.

These three elements are at the heart of a business being able to move goods through, to and from the UK post Brexit.

[Ends 01/03/2019]