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What is Warehouse Registration in India?

According to the WDRA, 2007 and the Warehousing (Development & Regulation) Registration of Warehouse Rules, 2017, any person commencing or carrying on the warehousing business and also intending to issue Negotiable Warehouse Receipts (NWRs) has to mandatorily get the warehouse registered with the Warehousing Development & Regulatory Authority (WDRA) and also to comply with applicable warehouse legal requirements.

 

What if the procedure for registration of the warehouse is not duly complied?

If the procedure for registration of warehouse is not duly complied in accordance to the applicable provisions of Warehousing (Development & Regulation) Act, 2007or not fulfilling the warehouse legal requirements then there are penal provisions in the form of hefty monetary fines or imprisonment or both.

Documents Required Online Warehouse Registration inIndia
  • Application in the prescribed form along with the photograph of an individual/authorized representative
  • Applicant's identity proof as mentioned in the Fifth Schedule of the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Registration of Warehouses Rules, 2017
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Document mentioning the net-worth as mentioned under Rule 18 (5) of the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Registration of Warehouses Rules, 2017
  • Insurance policies copy as mentioned under Rule 17 of the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Registration of Warehouses Rules, 2017
  • Layout Plan of the warehouse(s)
  • Basic Data Sheet (warehouse (cold storage))
  • Proof of technical standards according to which warehouse (cold storage) is constructed
  • Equipment list for assaying goods available at the warehouse
  • Equipment list for weighing goods available at the warehouse
  • Fire Safety arrangements at the warehouse
  • In case of owned warehouse: Copy of the Records of Rights or registered conveyance deed in respect land on which warehouse is located according to the Sixth Schedule of the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Registration of Warehouses Rules, 2017
  • Document showing effective control over the Warehouse, (as per the First Schedule of the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Registration of Warehouses Rules.
  • The above-mentioned documents are required to be attached with the application of online warehouse registration in India

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Frequently Asked Questions

A person who wants to carry on the business of warehousing may submit only one application for registration in respect of all the warehouses.

In case the applicant/ warehouseman is a Farmer Producer Organisation or a Cooperative, the fee shall be Rs. 5,000 per warehouse.

The application of online warehouse registration in India can be submitted online via https://wdra.gov.in/web/wdra/home

The insurance coverage requirement for getting warehouse License in India with respect to the goods deposited in the warehouse(s), must be against at least:
(a) fire,
(b) flood,
(c) burglary,
(d) SFSP policy
(e) misappropriation and
(f) riots and strikes.

Fire safety equipment's arrangement for Warehouse Registration in India includes number & type of fire extinguishers, fire buckets, water arrangements, fire safety alarms and any other measures etc available in warehouse infrastructure.

The eligibility requirement of an applicant for granting warehouse license in India are as follows:
• Identity of applicant
• Fit and proper person
• Insurance coverage
• Minimum net worth as mentioned in the 7th schedule on the basis of the sum total of the capacity of the warehouses concerned.
• Security deposit during the period of registration of the warehouse.
• Complete infrastructure requirements for a warehouse
• Comply standard operating procedure