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Postcodes in EORI records - change impacting AES and NCTS from 1st February 2024

This month, IIFA received notice from CLECAT of a significant change impacting all EORI-registered Economic Operators from 1st February 2024 onwards. [Update, 29 January 2024: The deadline for this for update has been changed to September 15, 2024.] As of this date, those without a valid postcode in their EORI records will be unable to use the NCTS and/or AES systems. Consequently, initiating transit or AES based export procedures will be impossible with an EORI registration lacking a postcode.

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). The ECCG report available below highlights that there are nearly 70,000 EORI records in Ireland without a postcode in place.

In response, the Commission is now urging all Trade Associations such as IIFA to inform their members 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 note that EORI records can only be updated in the Member State of Establishment. This means that from next February, if your movement is halted at the border due to a missing postcode, your shipment will be detained until the missing information is updated by the National Authority of the Member State where your company is registered.

An updated version of the Commission's Economic Operators Registration and Identification Guidance Document (EORI Guidance) has was published on 5th December 2023:

EORI Guidance Document

A separate document on National Implementation of EORI is available via the below:

EORI National Implementation

Ireland are listed on Pages 31 and 32, with the details of the Irish Authority listed below:

  • eCustoms Helpdesk
    Government Offices
    Co. Tipperary
  • Phone: 00 353 1 738 3677
  • Email:

For more detailed information please refer to the two Commission presentations linked below.

Inconsistencies in EOS/EORI (27th November 2023)

Incomplete EORI Records

EORI related issues (5th October 2023)

  • Completeness of EORI records
  • Invalidation of EORI records

EORI Related Issues

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