Mandatory additional Cleansing & Disinfection (C&D) transport vehicles in The Netherlands: country list published on international website

In some EU countries an additional cleansing and disinfection (2nd C&D) of transport vehicles for poultry or hatching eggs is mandatory. This is necessary to prevent the spread of the contagious (highly pathogenic) variant of bird flu (or HPAI). The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has published a list of those countries on it’s international (EN) website.

Reinigen van vrachtwagen met hogedrukreiniger
Image: ©NVWA

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In addition to this list, a 2nd C&D requirement applies to all countries outside the EU, so called third countries.

Transport vehicles for poultry [1] or hatching eggs that return or enter from those EU-risk countries or third countries to the Netherlands require additional cleansing and disinfection (C&D) immediately after entering the Netherlands. The additional C&D has to be carried out at an approved centre for cleansing and disinfection for poultry transport vehicles, a slaughterhouse or hatchery. 

Loaded transport vehicles are first unloaded, after which a 1st C&D takes place on site. After this, the vehicles are immediately transported to an approved C&D centre, slaughterhouse or hatchery, to undergo a 2nd C&D.

After the mandatory 2nd C&D, the supervisor at the approved C&D centre, slaughterhouse or hatchery completes the evidence of cleansing and disinfection. The transporter has to send this completed and signed evidence, within 24 hours of entering the Netherlands, to the reporting point of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit NVWA
Interventiebureau Dier
Antwoordnummer 2052
8000 VB Zwolle

Telephone number: +31 (88) 223 45 30
E-mail: R&

[1] Poultry: chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus), birds belonging to the order of ducks (Anseriformes), the family of ostriches (Struthionidae), emus (Dromaiidae) and nandus (Rheidae) and for consumption kept pigeons (Colombia livia).