The Permanent Secretary may in terms of Section 6(1) (c) of the Act appoint places as warehousing places where customs and excise warehouses may be established.
Section19 (1) of the Act permits the Commissioner by rule to license any Customs warehouse for the storage of dutiable goods (for either imported or locally produced goods or for the manufacture of dutiable goods from imported and locally produced materials). Commissioner may further in accordance of Section 19(2) of the Act, authorize that warehouses be licensed either as storage warehouses for the storage of dutiable goods or manufacturing warehouses for the manufacture of dutiable goods on the same premises, provided they are separated from each other in a manner which meets with his approval. This chapter will cover the following warehouses:
The notes to storage and manufacturing warehouses will mainly concentrate on documentation which is required to place goods in the warehouse and also documentation required to remove goods from such warehouses.
The warehouses below are mainly concerned with imported goods with the exception of SOS which shall be covered under Duty At Source (DAS) procedures.
Upon receipt of an application forms, the Regional Controller will ensure that a preliminary inspection is conducted. Since the degree of physical security of the proposed warehouse premises will be considered in determining the amount of bond required, the Controller will report his finding to the Program Manager.
If, in their joint opinion, additional security enhancements would reduce the amount of the bond to be required, the Controller shall notify the licensee. If the licensee undertakes to implement such recommendations, the Controller will conduct a follow-up inspection to ensure that they have been completed in a satisfactory manner and so notify the Program Manager.
If the bonded Warehouse has been approved by the Commissioner the applicant should be informed in writing that the bond is registered in the Customs office concerned attaching a copy of the bonded regulations and also include the receipt under which license fee (Schedule 8) has been paid.
The wording of the receipt is very important and should be carefully worded, e.g. “Licensing of a Customs and Excise Warehouse for storage purposes in terms of item 810.20.05 to Schedule No. 8 of the Customs and Excise Act no. 20 of 1998”.
Note that after approval all relevant documents should be forwarded to the Regional office and original kept at Head Office.
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