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Import and export: safety, health, environment and economy

This information is provided by Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Dutch Customs inspects whether importers and exporters observe legislation in the field of safety, health, economy and the environmentExternal link (VGEM). With regard to the inspections, Customs work together with various supervisory organisations, such as the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA) and the Health Care Inspectorate (Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg, IGZ). The import and export of certain goods to or from the Netherlands is prohibited or only permitted subject to certain terms and conditions. This applies, for example, to:

Import permit and export permit

For these products, you often require an import permit or export permit or you must submit a notification. The procedure and the type of permit vary per product.


SanctionsExternal link apply to certain countries. This means that you are (temporarily) not allowed to import certain goods or services from or export them to these countries (or do so without a reason).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency