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SUCCESS FOR CHAMBER CAMPAIGN TO SIMPLIFY TRADE PROCEDURES AS GOVERNMENT ACTS TO ISSUE EORI NUMBERS TO BUSINESSES

The UK Government has agreed to act on the Chamber of Commerce Network call to
automatically issue businesses with an EORI number.

An EORI number is an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number which
businesses need to trade goods with countries outside the EU.

Introduced in 2009 The EORI system replaced the Traders Union Reference Number System which had previously identified traders for customs declarations when importing or exporting cargo.

Welcoming the announcement, Babs Murphy, CEO of the NWL Chamber of Commerce said: “We are delighted that the Government have listened to the Chambers and this common sense step will prompt more of our local businesses to prepare for change, and consider what else they need to do to be ready for an unwanted ‘no deal’ scenario.
“Businesses have strongly confirmed they do not want a messy or disorderly ‘no deal’ Brexit on 31 October, but given the ticking clock, it’s prudent that both Government and industry is as prepared as possible. The proportion of firms applying for EORI numbers was concerningly low, and automatic issuance will help ease the administrative burden facing companies in the weeks and months ahead.

She added: “Businesses still need clarity on many other cross-border trade issues, such as customs procedures at borders following a ‘no deal’ exit and when the Government will
launch an official database to provide ease of access to information on tariffs and quotas.

“We are pleased that officials in Whitehall have agreed to issue EORI numbers but there is
great deal more to be done as October 31st looms, the Government must urgently provide reassurance to businesses that trade will be unhindered as well as ramping up guidance and support for businesses.”

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire.Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.