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Netherlands

Outside the EU

Updated 07/2009

Legal requirements

Importing goods

The Dutch customs authorities check that importers and exporters comply with legislation on safety, health, economy and the environment (VGEM).

Imports and exports of certain goods between the Netherlands and non-EU countries are forbidden or permitted only under special conditions. Examples include:

  • medicines;
  • live animals and animal products;
  • plants, flowers, vegetables and fruit;
  • animal feed;
  • radioactive substances and nuclear material;
  • environmentally hazardous substances;
  • waste.

Exporting goods

Most commonly, exports to many countries outside the EU require a certificate of origin, which formally states the country of origin of a particular product.

The EUR1 document is used in the case of countries with which the EU has concluded a trade agreement. This document grants lower import duties or even waives these entirely. A Certificate of Origin or EUR1 document may be requested from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

Government support for exports

Some Dutch entrepreneurs exporting goods abroad are eligible for export credit insurance              (EKV). This enables them to reinsure their transactions with the Dutch government. Other risk coverage facilities are also available away from EKV cover.

Administrative procedures

Exporting goods

You must declare to the            customs authorities goods which you import from or export to a country outside the EU. The customs authorities will use your declaration as the basis for calculating any import or export levies.

           Dutch customs authorities   also check whether exports from outside the EU are legally compliant in terms of safety, health, economy and environment (VGEM).

Certain exported goods require an export licence.

Importing goods

Similarly, certain imported goods require an import licence.

Importing and exporting services

Resources

For information about the Netherlands from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), please visit:

Information from the Dutch government can be found on the Antwoordvoorbedrijven.nl website, which lists all the various relevant dos and don'ts, e.g. licences and requirements, laws and regulations, taxes and subsidies.

Programmes

There are various subsidies            and            arrangements for businesses operating internationally.

Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

Choose your country and town and enter your enquiry below.

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