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HMRC internal manual

Holding and Movements Assurance Guidance

Specific approval conditions: conditions specifying how long gooods may be kept at a trade facility warehouse

Generally speaking, third party goods should not be allowed to be kept indefinitely at a trade facility warehouse. This is to prevent it becoming a de facto general storage and distribution warehouse. When considering trade facility approvals you should decide, with the business, on a reasonable length of time for the goods to remain at the warehouse.  Any time limit imposed should be reasonable and sufficient to allow necessary operations and removal to take place.  For example, spirit may need to be stored in a maturation warehouse for several years, whereas, finished spirit being bottled or re-labelled may only need to be at the premises for a short time.