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4931Warehousing and Storage
This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in operating general merchandise, refrigerated and other warehousing and storage facilities. These establishments provide facilities to store goods for customers. They do not take title to the goods they handle. These establishments take responsibility for storing the goods and keeping them secure. They may also provide a range of services, often referred to as logistics services, related to the distribution of a customer's goods. Logistics services can include labelling, breaking bulk, inventory control and management, light assembly, order entry and fulfillment, packaging, pick and pack, price marking and ticketing and transportation arrangement. However, establishments in this industry group always provide storage services in addition to any logistics services. Furthermore, the storage of goods must be more than incidental to the performance of a service such as price marking.

Both public and contract warehousing are included in this industry group. Public warehousing generally provides short-term storage, typically for less than thirty days. Contract warehousing generally involves a longer-term contract, often including the provision of logistical services and dedicated facilities.

Bonded warehousing and storage services, and warehouses located in free trade zones, are included in the industries of this industry group. However, storage services primarily associated with the provision of credit are not.

Exclusion(s): Establishments primarily engaged in:

*handling and distribution of goods, when the establishment takes title (41, Wholesale Trade); *operating grain elevators, other than primarily storage (41112, Oilseed and Grain Wholesaler-Distributors); *trucking of used goods (48421, Used Household and Office Goods Moving); *pipeline distribution systems, whether or not incidental storage is provided (48621, Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas, or 48691, Pipeline Transportation of Refined Petroleum Products); *self-storage of goods, commonly known as mini-warehouses (53113, Self-Storage Mini-Warehouses); *packaging and labelling services, whether or not incidental storage is provided (56191, Packaging and Labelling Services); and *storing garments and furs for individuals (81232, Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services (except Coin-Operated)).

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