Stricter customs requirements for maritime import cargo from outside the EU

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 October 2021

What changes?

Do you import goods from outside of the European Union? And do you import through a Dutch port? The subsequent declarations of good from outside of the EU will change. On 1 October 2021 Dutch Customs will implement the Container Release Message (Container Vrijgave Bericht, CVB) step by step. The CVB applies to containers, trailers, general cargo and bulk cargo.

As a result of the CVB procedure, it will no longer be possible to submit an import declaration before the goods have been unloaded.

You can already prepare for the CVB. The website Prepare for the CVB has all the information to help you with this.

For whom?

  • customs agents
  • importers
  • container terminals
  • shipping companies
  • ferry operators
  • freight brokers
  • carriers
  • software suppliers

When?

This change in customs requirements for maritime import cargo from outside the EU is expected to enter into force on 1 October 2021.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO