Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (61)

Michael McGrath


61. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of businesses that have applied for the key customs registration, the economic operators registration and identification number; the number of Irish businesses with such a registration; the turnaround time for the Revenue Commissioners to process a registration application; the number of Irish businesses the Revenue Commissioners estimate will require such a registration in the course of its normal business after 31 October 2019 in the event of a disorderly Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22619/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Revenue has indicated that there has been a significant increase in registrations for Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers year on year. An EORI number is the minimum requirement for businesses that wish to trade with, or through, the UK following their departure from the EU.

Details of the number of EORI registrations applied for and issued since 2017 is as follows:


Number of EORI Registrations





2019 to date*


Once a business is registered with the Revenue Online Service (ROS), the turnaround time for Revenue to process an EORI number application is approximately 3 minutes.

I am advised by Revenue that following an analysis of the VAT Information Exchange System (VIES) data, they identified approximately 84,000 businesses who traded with the UK in 2017. In 2018 Revenue wrote to approximately 62,000 within this group who had not registered for an EORI number and advised them of the requirement to register for an EORI number if they intended to trade with, or through, the UK post-Brexit.

The number of businesses that currently hold an EORI number since the introduction of the requirement in 2009 is 46,432*.

*figures reflect up to 20 May 2019.