Warehouse Licence - Australian Government


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. Types of customs warehouse include:

  • 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 Details for this service in table format.

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

Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 AG

Regulation(s) name

Customs Regulation 2015 AG

Administering agency

Department of Home Affairs

Client Services

Contact details

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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