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Establishing and Operating a Customs Warehouse


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In order to establish and operate a customs warehouse in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain an authorisation by the Director of the Department of Customs and Excise of the Ministry of Finance.

According to the Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Union Customs Code, under the customs warehousing procedure non-Union goods may be stored in premises or any other location authorised for that procedure by the customs authorities and under customs supervision ('customs warehouses').

Customs Warehouses are classified into the following categories:

  • public customs warehouses which may be available for use by any person for the customs warehousing of goods;
  • private customs warehouses which may be available for the storage of goods by the holder of an authorisation for customs warehousing.

The holder of the authorisation and the holder of the procedure shall be responsible for the following:

  • ensuring that goods under the customs warehousing procedure are not removed from customs supervision;
  • fulfilling the obligations arising from the storage of goods covered by the customs warehousing procedure; and
  • comply with the particular conditions specified in the authorisation.

Hide details for Eligibility CriteriaEligibility Criteria

For granting an authorisation to use a customs procedure other than transit /authorisation to operate a customs warehouse, the Director of the Department of Customs and Excise must be satisfied that the following conditions are fulfilled:
  • the applicant is established in the customs territory of the Union;
  • existence of an economic need for the establishment of a customs warehouse;
  • existence of security measures and the suitability of the premises in order to safeguard the public interest as well as the interest of the E.U.;
  • proper arrangement of the premises as to facilitate stock-takings and the overall control of the customs warehouse;
  • the provision of the necessary guarantees to ensure the proper operation of the customs warehouse on behalf of the applicant;
  • the ability of exercising customs control of the arrangement;
  • the administrative costs are not disproportionate to the economic need;
  • the applicant provides the amount of guarantee specified by the Director;
  • the person has been registered to the V.A.T. Register (see "Related Links");
  • the person has been registered to the Customs Register (see EORI Registration in the "Related Links");
  • in case of a legal entity, the company has been registered to the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (see "Business Setup Procedures" in the "Related Links");
  • the town planning permit and building permit have been obtained (see "Business Setup Procedures" in the "Related Links").

Show details for Application ProcedureApplication Procedure

Hide details for Obligations and SupervisionObligations and Supervision

Authorised natural or legal persons for the establishment and operation of customs warehouses are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Union Customs Code, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 supplementing Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013, the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2447 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/341 supplementing Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013 as regards transitional rules for certain provisions of the Union Customs Code where the relevant electronic systems are not yet operational and amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446, the Customs Code Law No. 94(I)/2004 and the Public Instrument no. 77/2011, as periodically amended, the terms and conditions of the authorisation, and specifically, among others, to:
  • ensure that the goods, kept within a customs warehouse, undergo through customs supervision;
  • fulfil the obligations arising from the storage of goods covered by the customs warehousing procedure;
  • comply with the particular conditions specified in the authorisation.

Notably, at any time authorised officers of the Department of Customs and Excise may enter and visit any place subject to customs supervision, such as customs warehouses, temporary storage facilities, and any other facilities, for inspection and control of the goods placed therein and for exercising controls of the records, books, documents or particulars, even in electronic form, of any natural or legal person.

Authorised officers, in order to verify or secure compliance with the customs or the other legislation, may demand any related information and exercise controls on all goods related to the entry or importation, exit or exportation, or movement or deposit thereof in places of business activities, as well as on any records, books, documents or particulars, even in electronic form, of any natural or legal person.

Hide details for Other AssociationsOther Associations

Cyprus General Bonded and Warehouse Logistics Association
P.O.Box 71067, 3840 Limassol
Telephone: +357 25344448,
Fax: +357 25344447,
Email: custombrokersassociation@cytanet.com.cy


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Related Links

Department of Customs and Excise
Customs Decisions System (CDS)
Economic Operators Registration & Identification System (EORI) - CY National procedure for EORI Registration
Helpdesk for Economic Operators Registration & Identification System (EORI)
VAT Registration
The Customs Code Law No. 94(I)/2004
Public Instrument no. 77/2011
TAXUD Trader Portal
European Union Customs Legislation- Reg. (EU) no. 952/2013 as from 1/5/2016
Warehousing excise goods
Business Setup Procedures
Application for issuance of Certificates of Companies by the Registrar of Companies

Related Documents

Download the Acrobat fileGuide for Customs Warehousing Application - End Users Documentation Trader Portal .pdf
Download the Acrobat fileC. 1000 - Customs Registry and EORI registration.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileTEL. 1003 - Application for obtaining access to the CDMS (GR).pdf



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