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Transporting animal manure

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you transport animal manure? In the Netherlands, transporting animal manure is generally only allowed if your company has been registered as an intermediary with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (in Dutch). You also have to register your manure storage, equipment, and vehicles. And you must keep records.

Rules for intermediaries (hauliers)

As a haulier of manure you are responsible for the whole process of transporting manure (in Dutch): the transport, loading, weighing, sampling and unloading. You must comply with the requirements:

  • you register with the Netherlands Enterprise agency as an intermediary (in Dutch)
  • you transport the manure with vehicles equipped with AGR/GPS devices
  • you weigh the load
  • you sample the load
  • you have the sample analysed
  • you fill out an animal manure consignment note (Vervoersbewijs dierlijke meststoffen, VDM)

Using AGR/GPS devices

Manure transport vehicles must be equipped with satellite tracking devices (GPS) and Automatic Data Registration Equipment (AGR). AGR/GPS devices must be inextricably affixed (in Dutch) to the transport vehicle's chassis.


You weigh the manure (in Dutch) as soon as possible. You can do this in different ways, you can for instance use a weighbridge. The weighing installation must follow the requirements stated in the measuring instruments and market operators Decree (Besluit meetinstrumenten en marktdeelnemers) for non-automatic weighing instruments. You should have the weight dockets with you during transport.

If you export manure, you weigh the consignment before it crosses the border. If you import manure you can weigh it abroad. If you do not weigh it abroad, you must weigh the consignment as soon as you enter the Netherlands. When importing or exporting manure (in Dutch) you must make sure to also comply with the rules of the country you import from or export to.

Sampling and analysing

If you transport manure you must sample the consignment. There are several rules for sampling manure (in Dutch), depending on type: slurry (drijfmest), solid manure (vaste mest) and solid fraction (dikke fractie). If you transport slurry the transport vehicle must be fitted with sampling and packaging equipment. Solid fraction must always be sampled by an accredited institution (in Dutch). You are not allowed to do this yourself.

Consignment note

Every time you transport manure, you need to fill out an animal manure consignment note (Vervoersbewijs dierlijke meststoffen, VDM, in Dutch). You send the consignment note (VDM) to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO, in Dutch). A paper copy must always be present in the lorry during the transportation of manure. In some instances you can use 1 VDM for more manure transports.

Transport with exemption

Weighing, sampling, and analysing is almost always mandatory. In some instances this not compulsory and you may transport the manure with an exemption (in Dutch). You do always need to fill out a VDM. For more information, please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

Transport by pipeline or conveyer

Will you be transporting manure using a pipeline (in Dutch) or conveyer (in Dutch) to an intermediary company? The pipeline or conveyer must be part of your company. The pipeline or conveyer must also be registered with RVO (in Dutch).

Keeping records

As an intermediary (haulier) you must keep proper accounts (in Dutch) showing that you transport the manure according to the rules. You must keep records of the origin and destination. You should keep the documents for at least 5 years. You must record any changes within 30 days. You should submit details relating to the past calendar year to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (in Dutch) by 1 February of each year.

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