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Import and export of strategic goods and services

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

The import, export and transit of strategic goodsExternal link (military goods and dual-use goods, i.e. goods for both civilian and military usage) and strategic servicesExternal link are subject to many rules. In many cases, you require a licence from the Central Import and Export Office (Centrale Dienst voor In- en Uitvoer, CDIU) or you must submit a notification. The Strategic Services Act (Wet strategische diensten) contains rules concerning the digital transmission of software or technology, the provision of technical assistance or intermediate trade.

Sanctions apply to certain countries. You may, for example, not export any military goods to countries in conflict areas.

Controls on dual-use goods

You are not allowed to provide technical assistance for a program that may contribute to the development of weapons of mass destruction. However, you can request an exemption from this prohibition. If your company transfers software or technology in a non-constitutional way or provides intermediary services for such a program, you may need a permit. If you are aware of illegal activities, you must report this to CDIU. If you are an intermediary, you must report each sensitive transaction.

Controls on military goods

If you want to export or transit military goods from or through the Netherlands, you will either need to notify CDIU or apply to them for a permit.

Submit applications or notifications online via Message Box

You can use Message Box to submit applications for licences and notifications to CDIU digitally. You download the form you need, complete it and send it to CDIU via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency