Trade Compliance in the Netherlands

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls For Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
Main International Economic Cooperation
Member of the European Union Custom Union and numbers of multilateral and bilateral agreements.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
Air Waybill or Bill of Lading; Commercial Invoice; Certificate of Origin- Import Approval; Dangerous Goods Certification; VI1; Phytosanitry; Preferential Agreement Documentation; Licenses; Printed Matter; Goods Consigned for Exhibition/Tradeshow/Congress; Country of Origin Marking; Marking of Goods;
Free Zones
There are a number of customs warehouses (category A through E, but no category A or F or "free zones") and free warehouses at designated places and international airports where goods in transit may be temporarily stored under customs supervision : Douanekantoor Schiphol Cargo Centre, Amsterdam.

All the free zones in the European Union can be found here.

For Further Information
European Taxation and Customs
Dutch Custom Procedure
Dutch Customs
The Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency
Non Tariff Barriers
The Netherlands, member of the European Union applies its rules. While the EU has a rather liberal foreign trade policy, there is a certain number of restrictions, especially on farm products, following the implementation of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy): the application of compensations on import and export of farm products, aimed at favouring the development of agriculture within the EU, implies a certain number of control and regulation systems for the goods entering the EU territory.
Moreover, for sanitary reasons, regarding Genetically Modified Organisms, their presence should be systematically specified on packaging. Beef cattle bred on hormones is also forbidden to import.
The BSE crisis ("mad cow disease") urged the European Authorities to strengthen the phytosanitary measures to make sure of the quality of meats entering and circulating in the EU territory. The principle of precaution is now widespread: in case of doubt, the import is prohibited until proof is made of the non-harmfullness of products.
Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
The Netherlands has only been a part of one dispute involving the United States. The US claimed that the Netherlands was giving illegal support to domestic exporting companies in the form of tax deduction in case DS128. The complaint is still in the fase of consulation.

As a member of the European Union it has had a lot of disputes, more about these disputes can be found here.

Assessment of Commercial Policy
The Netherland's commercial policy, as seen by the WTO
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
Find more on about Trade Policy in the Netherlands.

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