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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 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. This means the UK is considered a third country. If you import animals from the United Kingdom, you will need to take extra measures as of 1 January 2021 (in Dutch). Check also the Brexit Portal Import pages (in Dutch), the Get ready for Brexit website, Brexit news from the Dutch government and What does Brexit mean for my customs matters? Make sure you take steps to prepare in time.