Apply for authorisation to operate a Designated Export Place (C&E42)

Use form C&E42 to apply for authorisation to operate a Designated Export Place (DEP), used to clear goods inland before they're removed to an air or sea port.


Apply online (sign in using Government Gateway)

Apply using the postal form

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You can either:

  • use the online service
  • fill in the form on-screen, print and post it to HM Revenue and Customs

To apply online you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you apply.

If you use the online service, you’ll get a reference number that you can use to track the progress of your form.

Email HMRC to ask for this form in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Information you’ll need

You’ll need the following details to hand to help you complete the online form:

  • your Economic Operator Registration and Identification Scheme reference number - this begins with GB and is followed by 12 numbers, like GB123456789000
  • details of the inventory system you intend to use in conjunction with DEP locations
  • details of the chosen system type for use and any badges held

Before you start using the postal form

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You’ll need to fill in the form fully before you can print it. You can’t save a partly completed form so gather all your information together before you start to fill it in.

Notice 275: Customs export procedures
Guidance on UK export procedures using the National Export System.

Notice 232: customs warehousing
Guidance on storage arrangements known as customs warehousing.

Published 4 April 2014
Last updated 25 August 2016 + show all updates
  1. An online forms service is now available.
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