Apply for permission to operate a bonded warehouse Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you want to operate a bonded warehouse, you must submit an application.

In a customs warehouse, you can store non-Union goods in the territory of the European Union for as long as you wish. You do not have to

  • pay import duties and
  • not have to observe any trade policy measures, unless these measures prohibit the entry or exit of goods into or from the customs territory of the Union. For example, you do not have to present an import permit.

Bonded warehouses thus offer you the opportunity to

  • temporarily store imported goods without paying customs duty prior to subsequent export,
  • pay import duties at a later point in time, or
  • transfer stored goods to other customs procedures.

There are several types of bonded warehouses:

  • public customs warehouses (CW1 or CW2)
  • private customs warehouse (CWP)

If you have successfully applied for a permit to operate warehouses for the customs storage of goods, you are the permit holder. Then you can use the warehouse for an unlimited period of time. But if there are changes in your business that could affect your permit, you must report them. This includes, for example, insolvency proceedings.

  • if applicable, at the request of the main customs office: warehouse sketches or descriptions showing the location of the bonded warehouse areas.
  • Parts I to III and V of the "Customs Authorization Questionnaire
    • not required as authorized economic operator

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Antrag auf Bewilligung für den Betrieb von Lagerstätten zur Zolllagerung von Waren (Formular 0290)
  • Fragebogen zollrechtliche Bewilligungen Teil I bis III und Teil V (ZIP-Datei)
  • Antrag auf Bewilligung einer Gesamtsicherheit gemäß Art. 89 (5) i.V.m. Art. 95 Unionszollkodex einschließlich einer möglichen Verringerung oder Befreiung
  • Formular 05700 zum Antrag auf Einrichtung eines EU-Nutzerkontos (EU-Login)
  • Zusatzblatt nationale Angaben (ZIP-Datei)
  • EU-Trader-Portal der Europäischen Kommission


As an applicant you must

  • be resident in the European Union,
  • be able to guarantee that the procedure will be carried out properly. The following criteria are used for the assessment:
    • compliance with customs and tax regulations
    • satisfactory system of keeping business and transport records, and
    • practical and professional competence
  • provide a total security in the amount of any customs debts that may arise. An application (Form 0597) is required for this purpose.

You may not use the bonded warehouse as sales premises. That is, the sales premises must be physically separate from the bonded warehouse.

The customs authority must

  • be able to verify the identity of the goods: It must be able to verify that the goods are those placed under the customs warehousing procedure.
  • be able to check the goods without disproportionate effort.

Related Links

  • Artikel 211 Absatz 1 Buchstabe b) Unionszollkodex (UZK)

Related Links

  • Informationen zum Zolllagerverfahren auf der Internetseite der Zollverwaltung

To use a storage facility as a customs warehouse, you must submit a written application:

  • Use the form "Application for Authorization to Operate Storage Facilities for Customs Warehousing of Goods" (Form 0290). The Federal Ministry of Finance provides the form on its website.
  • Attach the completed "Customs Authorization Questionnaires" Parts I to III and V to the form.
    • If you are an authorized economic operator, you do not need the questionnaires.
  • Send the documents to your responsible main customs office.
  • The main customs office will inform you for the acceptance of your application.
  • The main customs office will check your documents.
  • You will receive an approval or a rejection.

In case of approval across member states:

  • Submit the application via the EU Trader portal.
    • If you do not yet have a user account (EU login) for the EU Trader Portal, you must apply for one using form 05700. You can find the form on the website of the customs administration.
    • Send the application to the General Customs Directorate, Directorate II, Master Data Management Team - Dresden office.
  • However, do not upload Parts I to III and V of the "Questionnaire Customs Authorization" and the additional information requested in the application form in the EU-Trader Portal.
  • Please use the "Supplementary Sheet National Data" for the additional data. Send the completed supplementary sheet and the parts of the questionnaire by mail to the responsible main customs office. In your shipment, refer to the application number generated by the EU Trader portal.

The competent main customs office is the one in whose district you keep the general ledger for customs purposes or in which it is accessible. The general ledger for customs purposes includes the records and documents on the basis of which the customs authority can make a decision.

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