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HMRC internal manual

Holding and Movements Warehousing Guidance

System for Exchange of Excise Data (SEED): What is SEED?

The SEED (System for Exchange of Excise Data) application is the UK response to therequirements that were laid down in Council Directive 92/12/EEC Article 15a, requiring theprovision of a method for each member state to be able to confirm the validity of Excisewarehouse approvals in each other member state. Each member state is bound by specificfile definitions and the manner in which the data is to be exchanged, which allows freedomto develop individual systems, while still maintaining the facility to transfer dataelectronically between member states.

The UK database currently holds details on the approvals of all Excise Warehouses (thisincludes those also approved as Customs Warehouses, although it does not hold in isolationspecific details on Customs Warehouses – that information is available from Customsand International Directorate), Authorised Warehousekeepers, Registered Excise Dealers andShippers (REDS) and other Tax Warehouses.