The Brexit Conundrum

Since Brexit, voluntary grammar schools in Northern Ireland have been finding it increasingly difficult to purchase goods from educational companys on the UK Mainland. The Educational companys are requesting from the Voluntary Grammar School an EORI number.

EORI stands for “Economic Operators Registration and Identification number”.

Educational Companys and Schools wishing to trade must use the EORI number as an identification number in all customs procedures when exchanging information with Customs administrations.

To get an EORI number your School would be paying Tax on the goods and both sender and receiver need to demonstrate that the goods will not pass across any kind of border into the EU. The problem for Voluntary grammar Schools is that because of the way they manage their finances they do not pay tax on goods bought at the time of purchasing. Therefore they cannot get an EORI number.

Keeping The politics to a bare minimum, the fallout from brexit has caused a hard border (down the middle of the Irish Sea) since the European Union and the UK need to control their borders for customs purposes. Where that border exists is currently subject to intense anger and political dogma.

So when some schools in Northern Ireland place an order for certain products with a company on Mainland Britain, the company will not send out the order unless the school has this EORNI number.
Are you affected by this problem? If so, what steps do you take to get around it? Let us know on our comments section of the Forums.


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Robotech replied the topic: #42127 3 months 2 weeks ago
I work in a Voluntary Grammar school in NI and we did initially have issues obtaining an EORI Number, but eventually did get one. Once we had the number, we just submitted it to the suppliers we use and have not been asked for it since. I can't remember th ewhole process it took to obtain the number, but it was via an online portal.