Commenting on the announcement that the government will automatically issue businesses with an EORI number, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), said:
“The government’s decision to issue EORI numbers will help ease the administrative burden facing companies in the weeks and months ahead. It will also prompt more traders to prepare for change, and consider what else they need to do to be ready for an unwanted ‘no deal’ scenario.
“NI Chamber and its members do not want a messy and disorderly ‘no deal’ Brexit on 31 October, but given the ticking clock, both government and industry need to be as prepared as possible. However sorting EORI numbers is only a first step. For many firms, it will trigger more questions. Businesses still need clarity on many other issues in the areas of trade, people and borders. The government must urgently provide answers to these questions, and ramp up both guidance and support for businesses.”