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In the Netherlands, transporting animal manure is only allowed if your company has been registered with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Any changes to your details should be submitted there as well. As a haulier of manure you are responsible for the transport, loading, weighing, sampling and unloading. All the details collected in relation to a consignment of manure (origin, use, quantity, nitrogen and phosphate content) must be submitted to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Agency must also be informed of any changes.
Weighing and sampling
If you transport manure you must sample the consignment for nitrogen, phosphates and soium. Usually the haulier takes the sample, but in some cases an independent, accredited institution (in Dutch) must take the sample.
When do you sample?
- If you transport manure out of the Netherlands, you must sample the consignment during loading
- If you transport manure into the Netherlands, you must sample the consignment during unloading
- If you transport manure within the Netherlands, you sample while laoding or unloading.
In some cases, weighing and sampling is not compulsory (in Dutch) and you can apply for an exemption. Animal manure may be transported by pipeline to an intermediary company. For more information, please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
An animal manure consignment note (Vervoersbewijs dierlijke meststoffen, VDM, in Dutch) must always be present in the lorry during the transportation of manure. You can order these consignment notes from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. 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 must keep proper accounts showing that you have sold the manure in a responsible manner. You must also be able to prove the origin and purpose of the manure whenever you are asked to do so. You must submit details relating to the past calendar year to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency by 1 February of each year.