Customs Depot Licence - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to hold imported goods subject to customs control and / or unpack these goods from receptacles, such as containers. This licence is also required for the holding and / or packing into receptacles of goods that are intended for export and are subject to customs control. Please note that goods can only be held for a limited time.

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

You must satisfy the requirements of current legislation including the:

  • personal character of the applicants and employees
  • location, security and accessibility of the proposed site of the depot
  • reporting, record-keeping and management of the operation.

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


Licences are valid from the date of issue until 30 June each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $3000.00 Application Fee
Apply Application All $300.00 Variation Application Fee
Apply Licence All -

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

Apply Renewal All $4000.00 An annual $4000 fee is payable for every depot licence.

Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Customs Regulation 2015 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Home Affairs

Client Services

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

Client Services

Department of Home Affairs

Operating address: 6 Chan Street
Australian Capital Territory 2617
Mailing address: PO BOX 25
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616
Phone: 02 6264 1111
Phone: 13 18 81
Fax: 02 6225 6970

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