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Changes for postcodes in EORI records impacting AES and NCTS

As of 1 February 2024 the European Commission will implement a major change to EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number) registrations for economic operators. Read everything you need to know about the changes and how they will affect you here.

A significant change will impact all EORI-registered Economic Operators from 1 February 2024 onwards. As of this date, it will be mandatory for all EORI registrations to include a valid postcode. This update is essential for the effective conduct of transit or export procedures based on the NCTS and/or AES systems.

All economic operators carrying out business activities subject to EU customs legislation and registered in the EORI system must take immediate steps to comply with these new requirements. This includes any person or company involved in trade, transport or logistics activities requiring interaction with customs authorities, so also importers and exporters.

This issue is particularly acute in countries where a larger number of Economic Operators from other nations are registered (e.g., the Netherlands, Sweden) or where postcodes adhere to a unique national system (such as Ireland).

We now urge you to:

1) Verify the accuracy and completeness of their EORI records immediately.

2) Update their registration to include a valid postcode where necessary.

3) Ensure that all new registrations are complete. (Please note that the postcode field will only become mandatory from Q4 2024 in the EOS system as a centrally developed element).

It is important to know that EORI records can only be updated in the Member State of establishment. This means that from February 2024, if your shipment is held up at the border due to a missing zip code, your shipment will be detained until the national authority of the member state where your company is registered has updated the missing information.

If you have any questions or need support with updating your EORI registration, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of Gerlach customs experts is ready to help you to ensure that your trading operations continue without interruption.

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