Import of animals and animal products

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you import living animals or animal products into the European Union, they must enter the EU through an approved Border Inspection Post (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 Digipoort (in Dutch).

Import Veterinary Online

At Import Veterinary Online (in 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

On 31 January 2020 the UK has left the European Union, which marks the start of the transition period until 31 December 2020. During this transition period, the UK is no longer a member of the EU, but will still be subject to EU regulations. If you import animals from the United Kingdom, you will need to take extra measures after this transition period (in Dutch). This is because then the UK will be considered a third country. Also check the Brexit Portal Import pages (in Dutch), the Get ready for Brexit website and What does Brexit mean for my customs matters?. Make sure you take steps to prepare in time.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO