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Import of animals and animal products

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If you import living animals or animal products into the European Union, they must enter the EU through an approved Border Inspection PostExternal link (BIP). You will have to report the cargo before arrival. For this purpose, you use a Common Veterinary Entry Document (GBD). You can also register the cargo online. In that case, you must have a permit from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Warenautoriteit, NVWA), have suitable software and a connection to the government’s electronic DigipoortExternal link (Dutch).

Import Veterinary Online

At Import Veterinary OnlineExternal link (Dutch) from NVWA, you can check if importing into the European Union is possible. You can also obtain information about supplementary requirements of your veterinary products or live animals.

Importing animals from the United Kingdom after Brexit

If you import animals from the United KingdomExternal link, you will need to take extra measures when the United Kingdom leaves the European UnionExternal link (in Dutch). This is because then the UK will be considered a third country. Also check the Brexit Portal Import pagesExternal link (in Dutch), the Get ready for BrexitExternal link website and What does Brexit mean for my customs matters?External link. Make sure you take steps to prepare in time.

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