Designated Export Place (DEP) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY


A Designated Export Place (DEP) is a location recognised by HMRC for the consolidation of export consignments and presentation to customs inland for clearance. This enables customs clearance of products prior to their removal to the port or airport for export. At the port or airport, normal procedures will continue to apply, including the presentation of goods and departure.

Which goods are excluded from a DEP

  • exported from a customs warehouse

  • already declared under the Entry into Declarant Record (EIDR)

  • declarations made under Customs Supervised Export Approval

What declarations you can make

  • full pre-shipment export declaration

  • export declarations for low value goods

  • export declarations for Non-statistical goods

  • the 2-part simplified declaration procedure

What customs controls happen at a DEP

Customs controls may apply to your goods, which may include paperwork inspections and fiscal or anti-smuggling checks. HMRC will conduct these checks while the products are stored on-site at the designated location. However, in accordance with the approval’s full provisions, HMRC reserves the right to conduct border checks if necessary.

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