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Holding and Movements Owners and Transporters Guidance

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Duty points: Who is liable to pay if a duty point is created under WOWGR?

The person liable for the duty, when a duty point is created because the relevant goodsdeposited in a warehouse are not owned by a registered owner or covered by a dutyrepresentative, is the warehouse keeper (WOWGR Regulation 20 refers). Here, the warehousekeeper can be relieved of his liability under Regulation 20 if he abandons the goods toHMRC.

A number of persons are jointly and severally liable for the duty, when a duty pointoccurs under WOWGR Regulation 21; these include the:

  • authorised warehouse keeper;
  • owner of the goods immediately before the excise duty point;
  • owner of the goods immediately after the duty point; and
  • duty representative of the owner of the goods immediately before the excise duty point.