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Transport of manure

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In the Netherlands, transporting animal manure is only allowed if your company has been registered with the Netherlands Enterprise AgencyExternal link. 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 institutionExternal link (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 compulsoryExternal link (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.

Consignment note

An animal manure consignment noteExternal link (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 affixedExternal link (in Dutch) to the transport vehicle's chassis.

Keeping records

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.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO