African swine fever (ASF) in Germany: mandatory additional Cleansing & Disinfection transport vehicles in the Netherlands

Due to the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Germany, transport vehicles for ungulates (pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and deer) that return or enter from Germany to the Netherlands require additional cleansing and disinfection (C&D) immediately after entering the Netherlands.

This C&D requirement also applies to vehicles entering or coming from the following EU high-risk countries for ASF:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Poland
  • Romania
Vrachtwagen op de weg met veetransport
Image: ©NVWA

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

The additional C&D has to be carried out at an approved centre for cleansing and disinfection for means of livestock transport, a slaughterhouse or assembly centre. 

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 assembly centre, to undergo a 2nd C&D.

After the mandatory 2nd C&D, the supervisor at the approved C&D centre, slaughterhouse or assembly centre 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&