Warehouse Licence - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to store imported goods generally or store goods of a particular class in a warehouse or similar storage facility. There are several types of customs warehouse:

  • general (for storage of goods on behalf of someone else)
  • private (for storage of the owner's goods)
  • providores
  • duty free shops.

Goods imported into Australia may be entered for warehousing if the owners wish to defer the payment of duty.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

In the assessment of your application, the following will be taken into account:

  • the nature and extent of your business activities in relation to both imports and locally produced goods
  • your previous experience as an importer and / or manufacturer
  • if currently importing, whether goods are entered for home consumption direct or are warehoused first
  • if goods are warehoused, in which warehouse are the goods stored
  • your previous warehousing experience in control of a warehouse and your knowledge of regulatory requirements relating to the operation of a licensed warehouse and the control of under bond goods.

You will need to meet the requirements set out in State and Commonwealth legislation.

A decision as to whether or not to grant the licence will be made within 60 days after receiving the application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Licenses are valid from the date of issue until 30 June.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Client Services

Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Customs Regulation 2015 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Client Services

Operating address:
6 Chan Street
Australian Capital Territory 2617
Mailing address:
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616


13 18 81


02 6264 1111


02 6225 6970

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