When exporting goods, you have three transport options. You can hire an expedition company, you can use the services of a transport company, or you can transport the goods yourself. Transporting abroad involves transport documents, supply conditions, packaging requirements, and insurance.
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You contract an expedition companyIf you let an expedition company (Fenex, in Dutch) arrange the transport, they will arrange everything for you: transport documents, insurance and customs procedures.
You hire a transporting companyYou choose a mode of transport, and find a transporting company (Holland Transport, in Dutch) that can execute the transport for you. The transporting company will see to procuring the correct transport documents. They possess the relevant licences for road hauliers. You will remain responsible for the customs procedure and any transport insurance you want to take out.
You transport the goods yourselfYou will have to arrange everything yourself.
- You must have the correct transport documents. It depends on the mode of transport (by road, air, rail, or water) what they are.
- You must have the correct licence(s) for road hauliers.
- You may have to invest in a means of transport.
- If you are exporting goods outside the EU, you will have to deal with Customs procedures yourself.
Check the packaging requirementsThe transporting or expedition company may have special packaging requirements, depending on the mode of transport. Discuss this beforehand. Also check the packaging requirements for your product in the destination country. If you are exporting inside the EU, you must comply with EU legislation as well as the 2014 Packaging Management Decree.
ICC Incoterms® - international delivery conditions
For international transport, make use of the ICC Incoterms®. These are international standards for goods transport, to cover for instance:
- Who arranges the transport from where to where
- Who is responsible for transport insurance, licences, documents and cutoms procedures
- At what point the transport liability transfers from seller to buyer.
Insure your goodsCheck who is responsible for the goods before, during and after transport. Cover your risks, for instance by taking out transport insurance.
Be aware that once the Brexit transition period ends, you may need to use different documents to import or export goods, as the UK will become a third country. If you import or export agricultural goods, plants or use wooden packaging, you may need extra certificates and undergo inspections.
Also, check the Dutch Tax and Administration pages on customs matters.
Corona crisis: freight and goods transports
The ban on travel to EU countries does not apply to the transport of necessary goods, such as food, medical equipment and medicines. Freight and goods transporters can travel to and from countries with travel restrictions by air, rail and water. See the EC press release.
Green lanes at border crossings
The European Commission has appealed to EU countries to declare all important internal border crossings in the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) green lanes. These green lanes or green corridors must remain open for all freight traffic, no matter what their cargo. Crossing a border should not take longer than 15 minutes, including health and cargo checks.
Statistics: export development
Value of goods exported to other countries.