Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (59)

Michael McGrath

Question:

59. 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 now; 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 their normal business after 31 October 2019 in the event of a disorderly Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40391/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that in 2019 to date there have been 18,563 EORI registrations. Details of annual EORI registrations since 2009 are available in the following Table 1. There has been a significant increase in registrations since the start of the latest phase of Revenue’s Trader Engagement Programme which commenced in July of this year. Almost 5,000 businesses registered in August 2019 with an additional 5,767 in September. This brings the overall total of EORI registrations to 58,608.

Through analysis of VAT Information Exchanges system (VIES) returns, Revenue have identified some 102,000 businesses that traded with the UK in 2018 and the first half of 2019. Each of these businesses has been written to and was provided with suggestions regarding practical preparatory steps to take based on their trade pattern with the U.K. Additional follow up telephone contact is being made with businesses, approximately 44,000, that have the largest volumes of trade with the UK (greater than €5,000) and those that trade most frequently with the UK (at least quarterly). This additional engagement work by Revenue will be completed on 4 October.

90% by value of the import trade with the UK in 2018 was carried out by businesses who now have an EORI number. 97% by value of the export trade was carried out by businesses who now have an EORI number. This indicates that businesses that are going to be significantly impacted by Brexit are responding to the call to be prepared.

Revenue have advised me that registering for an EORI number is a simple process and once a business is registered with the Revenue Online Service (ROS) the turnaround registration for an EORI number is approximately 3 minutes.

I commend  Revenue on the intensified Brexit engagement with businesses and I strongly urge all businesses that have received a Brexit preparedness letter from Revenue to take note of its advice to register for an EORI number and ensure that they or their agent have the facility and capacity to lodge a Customs Declaration by 31 October.  

Table 1   EORI REGISTRATIONS

YEAR

YEAR TOTAL

2009-2015

31,573

2016

2,902

2017

2,594

2018

2,976

2019 (to date)

18,563

TOTAL

58,608