Importing live animals and animal products from outside the EU
The following information applies to the import of:
- live animals and live products (semen, embryos, and hatching eggs)
- products of animal origin (meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and animal by-products)
- animal feed
- hay and straw. Read more about hay and straw (in Dutch)
Importers in the Netherlands must consider:
1. Certification: the exporter must have the cargo certified
Every import shipment must be accompanied by health certificates. The exporter applies for the health certificates.
2. Pre-notification: the import shipment must be pre-notified
Import from must be pre-notified with a designated border control post. This can done by the exporter, the importer or a customs agent. For more information, please contact the trade association FENEX (in Dutch).
3. Import inspection: the NVWA carries out an import inspection
If you import animals or animal products, they must enter the EU through an approved Border Control Post (BCP). NVWA will check the animals (products) and necessary documents upon arrival. They do this in cooperation with Dutch Customs. They also check if the goods are suitable for the purpose for which they are imported. For example, is the product suitable for consumption? Samples can also be taken here. The physical check may only take place at a BCP.
Exporting plants and plant products
Do you want to export plant products outside of the EU? You have to deal with phytosanitary export certificates and government checks. Also, different rules apply for products, product labelling or product packaging when exporting to a non-EU country.
Exporting foodstuffs and agricultural products
When exporting agricultural products, vegetables, fruit, meat, and live animals outside of the EU, you need to have an export certificate, among other things. If you do not have experience with trading outside the EU, start preparing well ahead. To find out what import requirements are put in place by the receiving, check the Access2Markets database. Find out more about export documentation on KVK.