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Registration of Designated Zones for Excise Tax
Page last updated:: Thursday, February 17, 2022
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  • Service Category

    From Government to Business, From Government to Government, From Government to People

  • Service Channels

  • Obligation to Sign-up

    Applicable – Through the account previously created to register as a warehouse keeper.

  • Categories of Customers

    All warehouse keepers registered with the FTA.

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Registration of Designated Zones for Excise Tax
  • Service Description
    Through this service, the FTA registers additional designated zones for Excise Tax purposes.
  • Channels and working hours
    E-services platform:
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Service Fees Details
    AED 2,000 for each designated zone.
  • Estimated Time to Submit Application
    45 Minutes.
  • Estimated Time to Complete Application by the FTA
    20 business days from the date the completed application was received.
  • Required Documents and Forms
    • Official Site Plan of the warehouse, managed by the warehouse keeper, that is issued by the Free Zone Authority (stamped and signed by the Free Zone Authority). The provided plan shall include the plot number.
    • Detailed warehouse plan, signed and stamped by the engineering consultant and the authorized signatory, showing the areas where the goods are stored and the types of goods stored (both excise goods and non-excise goods).
    • Excise goods flow and movement plan.
    • Letter on the warehouse keeper’s printed letterhead with detailed description of the inventory system used in designated zone, along with screenshots of the system (signed and stamped by the authorized signatory).
    • Declaration clarifying the details of procedures followed when moving/shifting excise goods, including the entry/exit of excise goods into/from the designated zone.
    • Images proving that CCTV cameras are installed and working properly in the designated zone.
    • Letter clarifying procedures and measures adopted in the warehouse to allow the entry of authorized employees/visitors to the designated zone, and confirming that a governed mechanism is set in place to achieve that, in addition to images showing the tools used for this purpose.
    • Images of the goods and how they are distinguished in the designated zone/warehouse.
    • Evidence that the transactions relating to the stock are being logged in the system regularly and that stock reports are issued and approved by the warehouse keeper.
    • Monthly financial reports for 12 months on the value of excise goods in the designated zone and the Excise Tax amount as per the advertised price.
    • Monthly average of the price of the excise goods held at the end of each month in the designated zone and the Excise Tax amount on the advertised price.
    • Estimate of the amount of Excise Tax which will be suspended in relation to the excise goods entered into the proposed designated zone.
    • Bank guarantee.
    • Passport/Emirates ID of the authorized signatory.
    • Proof of authorization for the authorized signatory

  • Procedures and Steps
    1. Access the e-Services account dashboard.
    2. Click on “Add another designated zone EX103”.
    3. Complete registration process.
  • FAQs
    1. How can the designated zone registration fee be paid?

    Once the FTA has verified the designated zone registration application, the “Pay Now” button on will show on the e-Services account dashboard.

    2. When will I receive the Designated Zone Registration Number?

    After successfully paying the registration fee, the applicant will receive an email including the Designated Zone Registration Number and the updated Warehouse Keeper Registration Certificate. The Designated Zone Registration Number will also be available on the e-Services account dashboard.
  • Relevant Publications
  • Terms & Conditions
    1. Prior to applying to register an additional designated zone, a separate registration application must be submitted to register as a warehouse keeper, which must include at least one designated zone. That service can be accessed by clicking here.
    2. The application to register an additional designated zone may only be made by the warehouse keeper intending to supervise the designated zone.
    3. The entry/exit of excise goods into/from the designated zone should be done under the supervision of Customs (if applicable) or under the responsibility of the warehouse keeper.
    4. The procedures for the entry/exit of excise goods into/from the designated zone should be monitored and reviewed to be amended when required.

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