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Notice to Exporters 2021/13: SPIRE to require EORI numbers later this year


NTE: 2021/13: EORI numbers in SPIRE

Published 27 September 2021


  1. Introduction
  2. Next steps
  3. Action for SPIRE users
  4. Contact Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU)

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An Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI) is the unique reference identifying a business, trader or individual, issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). It is required on your declaration, to move goods into or out of the UK.

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) will introduce the mandatory inclusion of your EORI number on most licence applications and registrations in late autumn 2021.

The mandatory requirement on SPIRE will apply to applications for export control licences where a declaration is made to HMRC’s Customs Handling of Import, Exports Freight (CHIEF) or the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS), replacing CHIEF.

Next steps

It is important that you ensure the correct EORI number is included, as it will be provided as part of your licence information to HMRC.

You will need to provide an EORI that has been issued by HMRC. The reference will begin with GB followed by 12 digits. You will be required to enter only the 12 digits in SPIRE.

Action for SPIRE users

If you have registered your company on SPIRE, please ensure the EORInumber is included.

From the left-hand menu, click on ‘Manage my registration’. Under the first tab ‘Organisation details’, provide your company EORI number. There is no action on the ‘Sites’ tab, as in future, there will no longer be an option to add the EORI at site level.

If you are using more than one number in your SPIRE account, for example old TURN numbers, please check that only the EORI number is included for future reference.

If you have any questions regarding the use of Company and Subsidiary EORI numbers within SPIRE, please contact your compliance officer.

Individuals and sole traders should ensure they obtain an EORI and provide these details when functionality is available in SPIRE.

No action is currently required on extant licences.

Another NTE will be issued to inform you when the mandatory requirement is applied to SPIRE, estimated for November 2021.

Contact Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU)


Export Control Joint Unit
Department for International Trade 
Old Admiralty Building 
Admiralty Place


Telephone 020 7215 4594

Contact for general queries about strategic export licensing.


Notice to Exporters 2021/13

Categories: Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) Export Control Export Control Joint Unit Notice to Exporters SPIRE online export licensing system


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