The Customs warehousing procedure enables importersand exporters to keep their goods temporarily (for 2 months) in customs warehouses without the payment of duties and taxes and without the application of economic restrictions and prohibitions.
Goods can be imported for storage in a warehouse and re-exported in the same state. But traders can use this procedure to improve the packaging and marketable qualities of the goods and to prepare them for shipment. Such operations include: repacking, sorting and grading, breaking bulk, grouping of packages.
This customs procedure gives importers and exportersa number of advantages. For example, they can import goods in bulk, at discounted prices and place the goods in the customs warehouse. Then the trader can re-negotiate sales abroad on more favorable terms and re-export the similar quantities of goods at higher prices, making foreign exchange gains. Bonded warehousing facilities usually offer a higher degree of security than conventional warehousing.
In some cases exporters are permitted to use warehousing facilities to combine domestic goods with identical imported goods to satisfy a single export order.
The warehousing procedure can be used to assist home manufacturers in producing goods for export. There are traders who specialize in wholesale trade and act as agentsfor manufacturers. They consolidate small import orders from different companies and import consignments in bulk. After that they offer their goods to home producers at lower prices than the prices for small importations.
Besides, warehousing procedure helps exporters to obtain refunds of import duties and taxes before the actual exportation of the goods, thereby facilitating their cash flow.
Customs warehousesmay be eitherpublic or private. ”Public warehouse”isavailablefor use by any trader and“Private warehouse” is reserved by a warehouse-keeperwho must beauthorized by the Customs.
The warehousing procedure enables the authorities: to assist manufacturers in producing goods for export and thus develop a country’s external trade as well as to earn foreign currency for the services rendered at the warehouses and provide employment opportunities.