Information on prior notification of consignments in the Netherlands for foreign operators

Consignments animals and goods, that are subject to official controls at border control posts and that are entering the Union via a border control post in the Netherlands, must be notified to the NVWA by the operator responsible for a consignment at least one working day before the expected arrival of the consignment. This mandatory prior notification is laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1013.

To do so, the operator responsible for the consignment should submit an electronic Common Health Entry Document (CHED) to the NVWA. You find the CHED for animal products (CHED-P), for animals (CHED-A) and for feed and food of non-animal origin (CHED-D) in the Annexes of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715. These CHEDs must be electronically submitted to the NVWA via the national system of the NVWA.

Operators from other member states should subcontract a specialized forwarding/customs agent in the Netherlands in order to give prior notification to the NVWA. The list of members (ledenlijst) of the FENEX (the Dutch organization for forwarding and logistics) provides many Dutch forwarding/custom agents.