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Export: transporting goods

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Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK | Statistics Netherlands organisation, CBS

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.

You contract an expedition company

If you let an expedition company (Fenex, in Dutch)External link arrange the transport, they will arrange everything for you: transport documents, insurance and customs procedures.

You hire a transporting company

You choose a mode of transport, and find a transporting company (Holland Transport, in Dutch)External link 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 yourself

You 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 requirements

The 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 legislationExternal link as well as the 2014 Packaging Management Decree.

ICC Incoterms® 2010 - international delivery conditions

For international transport, make use of the ICC Incoterms® 2010External link. 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 goods

Check 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 United Kingdom leaves the EU, 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.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) offers Dutch information on this subjectExternal link. You may also want to consult the British government information on Gov.ukExternal link.

Also, check the Dutch Tax and Administration pages on customs mattersExternal link.

Statistics: export development

Value of goods exported to other countries.

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Please contact the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK
Statistics Netherlands organisation, CBS