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You will need a veterinary or phytosanitary export certificate to export agricultural goods from the Netherlands to non EU countries.
What is an export certificate?
The export certificate is a document issued by the Dutch government stating that the shipment in question complies with the requirements of the destination country. The product in question determines which inspection service issues the export certificate. There are two kinds of export certificates:
- a veterinary export certificate for live animals and animal products;
- a phytosanitary export certificate for plant products.
Applying for an export certificate
You can use the automated e-Cert system (formerly Client Export) to apply for an export certificate for the following products:
- Animal feed
- Fruit and vegetables
- Seed potatoes
- Cut flowers and pot plants
- Meat and meat products
- Agricultural seeds
- Dairy products
In order to be able to use e-CertNL, you will need to use eHerkenning (the Dutch electronic authentication and authorisation system) or contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. You can authorise another company to use the e-CertNL system to submit applications on your behalf.
Exporting to the UK after Brexit
The UK is now a third country after leaving the EU. If you export or import products to or from the UK you need:
- a phytosanitary export certificate to export plants (in Dutch).
- export certificates and undergo inspections to export animals and animal products (in Dutch).
The UK has further conditions for importing animals, animal products and high-risk feed into their borders.