External Temporary Storage Facility


If you are a freight agent, freight forwarder, customs agent, warehouse keeper or transport company involved in:

  • bringing non-Union goods directly, or indirectly, into the UK

  • unloading non-Union goods in the UK

  • transporting non-Union goods after arrival

  • storing non-Union goods before they are assigned to a customs approved treatment or use


You may be able to take advantage of the External Temporary Storage Facility (ETSF), also known as approved depositories.


An ETSF serves the same function as any other temporary storage facility and is subject to the same rules and regulations. However, an ETSF can only be used for the storage of personal and/or household effects whilst other types of approved temporary storage facilities are generally used to store commercial non EU goods but can also be used to store personal goods and household effects.


Hammad can assist in applying for or challenging the refusal to grant ETSF status.