Bonded Warehousing Services
Suspend your duty and VAT in an EU bonded warehouse

Bonded Warehousing Services in Europe


Suspend your duty and VAT in an EU bonded warehouse

Maintain your stock levels across Europe, fill your road transport deliveries and don’t pay your duty and VAT until you need to. KDR’s bonded warehousing services in Europe are here to help you preserve your funds and protect your margins whilst keeping your stock close-by to where you need it.

You can also benefit from our customs clearance, T1 community document, warehousing and European road freight services, meaning that KDR European are the only partner you need to run a successful supply chain through Europe. Whether you manage a small and personal operation or require multi-national warehousing and distribution, you can rely on us.

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The benefits of using bonded warehousing

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Healthier cash flow

You can reduce your initial outlay for stock by suspending your duty and VAT payments until you need the goods, often being able to cover this using the payment from your client.

Minimalising the up-front cost for your goods allows you to order more, position stock in better locations and buy when prices are better whilst freezing the tax outlay


Keep more stock on-hand

Putting off the payment of taxes, no matter which country you are importing to, allows you to keep your goods where you need them without worrying about duty and VAT.

You can also move your stock in and out of the EU by leveraging our T1 services, meaning that your goods will remain under bond even if you choose to withdraw them from the EU.


Warehouse quality assurance

Have peace of mind that the warehouse is operating at a high standard. EU bonded warehouses need to pass strict auditing so you can be assured they follow best practices.

From customs compliance to accurate inventory management and documentation, you can rely on KDR’s EU bonded warehousing network to look after your business.

Warehousing Process

The bonded warehousing process

Different countries and commodities have variances in their bonded warehousing processes but most adhere to the following outline:

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Initial setup

Before your goods can be placed in a bonded warehouse, the facility must get authority to store them from their supervising office. If you have never stored bonded goods before, you may also need to get authorisation to start.

This process will need to be repeated for every commodity code for the goods that you are planning to store. Beware that your EU bonded warehouse’s authorisation only covers goods that you have specifically applied for and not everything, even within the same HS chapters.


EU bonded warehouse inward process

Once your authorisations are in order, you can import goods into an EU bonded warehouse.


Documentation sent to the warehouse

You send the commercial invoice, packing list and movement documents (such as a CMR or Bill of Lading) to the warehouse to notify them of the shipment’s arrival.


Shipment unloaded

The warehouse unloads your shipment and checks the goods to ensure that they match the packing list. They are then stored in a designated area for bonded goods.


Confirmation by warehouse

The warehouse confirms to their supervising office that the shipment has been received. This is also when discrepancies are advised to avoid future issues with bonded stock levels.


EU bonded warehouse outward process

When you want to collect from an EU bonded warehouse, you need to follow this process.


Load notification and customs clearance

You send a copy of the customs clearance for the goods that you are looking to collect, along with copies of the documents that the goods relate to.


Shipment loaded

The warehouse locates the goods and loads them onto your vehicle, allocating them on the inventory management system as the pieces are placed onto the bed.


Confirmation by warehouse

The warehouse confirms to their supervising office that the goods have left the premises, dispatches them from the inventory management system and sends you the collection note.

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KDR have bonded warehousing partners across Europe

You can benefit from EU bonded warehousing in multiple places through the same partner when you use KDR. Our network of bonded warehouses, road transport and customs service providers are here to look after your supply chain, wherever you need us to.


Bonded warehousing in France

You can store your goods in several bonded warehouses in France through KDR. We have bonded warehouses located in the following cities:

  • Paris (areas 91 and 93)
  • Lyon (area 69)
  • Lille (area 59)
  • Marseille (area 13)
  • Dieppe (area 76)
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Bonded warehousing in Germany

EU bonded warehousing is available throughout Germany on our network. We have bonded warehouses located in the following cities:

  • Duran (area 52)
  • Dusseldorf (area 40)
  • Saalfeld (area 07)
  • Augsburg (area 86)
  • Berlin (area 12)
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Bonded warehousing in Madrid, Spain

Located in area 28, our bonded warehouse in Madrid provides you with central access to all of Spain and Portugal, including the ports of Lisbon, Bilbao and Gibraltar.

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Bonded warehousing in Zeebrugge, Belgium

Near the port of Antwerp and along the coast from Calais, goods in a bonded warehouse in Zeebrugge can be received and forwarded using several major trade lanes.

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Bonded warehousing in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Situated in the largest port in Europe, our EU bonded warehouse in Rotterdam is here to provide you with strategic warehouse storage before delivery to inside or outside the EU.

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Bonded warehousing in Piacenza, Italy

Located in central northern Italy, this location allows you the flexibility to forward your goods further south in Italy, west to France, north to Austria and Germany or to southeast Europe.

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Bonded warehousing in Łódź, Poland

Providing easy access to Berlin, the Baltics and the rest of eastern Europe, our bonded warehouse in Łódź is in a location that’s ready to respond to the market as you need to.

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Why use KDR European?

  • 10+ years of providing EU bonded warehousing
  • Europe-wide network
  • Express deliveries available
  • Warehousing/consolidation capacity
  • Specialist equipment available
  • Import and export service
  • Customs, GVMS, and T1 capabilities
  • A single point of contact for all of Europe

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    Bonded warehousing services FAQs

    A bonded warehouse is a site that has been granted customs approval to hold goods that are not yet in free circulation. This means that the goods have been imported without paying the duty and VAT. The area that the stock is held in must also be customs-reserved territory.

    To be a bonded warehouse, the premises must apply for customs authorities to come and survey the site, before segregating a part for bonded goods only.

    Goods coming into the bonded warehouse need to be customs cleared using a special procedure that declares they are entering into that specific warehouse. Your shipment cannot go anywhere else beforehand, except when using a pallet network and T1 form.

    For help with EU bonded warehousing, contact KDR European for a quote.

    A bonded warehouse transfer is when goods are transported from one customs territory to another without being entered into free circulation.

    The procedure for the receiving warehouse is like the normal inward process, whereby they receive all of the documentation and a copy of the clearance into their bond. For the dispatching warehouse, the process is the same, except a different CPC is used to clear the goods from their bond to a bonded movement, instead of into free circulation.

    KDR European provide bonded warehousing and bond-to-bond transfers for businesses across the UK and EU. If we can help you, get in touch for a quote today.

    Using a bonded warehouse gives you the advantage of having more stock on hand for the same cash flow implications due to the suspension of duty and VAT payments.

    For example, if the duty on your regular import is 5% and VAT is 20%, you are paying 125% of the commercial invoice value (assuming it’s DAP warehouse) when you import goods into normal warehousing. By suspending the taxes, you can order 25% more stock for the same immediate outlay or at least protect your cash flow from that 25% until you begin to get payment for the stock.

    If you want to explore bonded warehouse option in the EU, contact KDR European for a quote.

    Payment of duty and VAT must be processed before goods leave a bonded warehouse into free circulation. The only time that goods can leave a bonded warehouse without being cleared, is when the goods are being taken to another customs territory or for destruction.

    The standard procedure for most bonded warehouses is that a load will not be picked until the clearance (confirming payment of duty and VAT) has been received. Beware that you will likely not be able to ask a warehouse to load in anticipation of paying when the vehicle arrives or departs.

    If you could benefit from bonded warehousing, contact KDR European for a quote.

    Bonded warehouses have special permission from customs to hold goods that have not yet entered free circulation. This means that the duty and VAT has not been paid so the goods are not allowed to be delivered to the end destination.

    Inside a bonded warehouse, an area will be separated from the rest of the storage space that is only for bonded goods. If goods are under bond, then they will be stored in this area. Once the goods are cleared from bond, they are removed to another location.

    A regular warehouse does not have a customs area, and cannot hold bonded goods.

    If you’d like help with bonded warehousing in Europe and the UK, contact KDR European for more information.