Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

An Expert's View about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in the Netherlands

Posted on: 22 Jan 2012

This report lists the required export certificates for exports to the Netherlands, which are not EU harmonized. Export Certificate Matrix is included.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 11/29/2011 GAIN Report Number: NL1029 Netherlands Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Mary Ellen Smith Prepared By: Bob Flach Report Highlights: This report lists the required export certificates for exports to the Netherlands, which are not EU harmonized. Export Certificate Matrix is included. Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) : Title of Attestation Required on Purpose Requesting Comments Product Certificate Certificate Ministry Chondroitine- CVED - - VWA A CVED for this sulphate product is not required in most other EU Member States. Cochinille CVED - - VWA A CVED for this product is not required in most other EU Member States. Colostrum Health The declaration needs to correspond Health VWA The FDA and AMS Certificate with the EC health certificate Certificate are, however, not able required for the import of heat to certify such a treated milk for human consumption certificate for with the exception of: colostrum. -11.1a sub VI regarding the cell count and the number of somatic Contact FAS The cells Hague for latest status. -11.1c regarding the requirements for the heat treatment. CVED = Common Veterinary Entry Document VWA = The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) The Netherlands, as a member of the EU, conforms to all EU regulations and directives. We therefore recommend that this report is read in conjunction with the EU FAIRS Export Certificate Report (GAIN Report Number E60015), and the EU FAIRS Country Report (E57011) both produced by the US Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium (USEU). For updated reports please contact the USEU or the FAS website: http://www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu/ or http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Pages/Default.aspx Unfortunately for exporters, the EU’s rules on certification for imports are complicated and are not always harmonized across Member States. This report lists the required export certificates for exports to the Netherlands, which are not yet harmonized. Dutch Customs provides information on imports from which the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) selects the lots for further inspection. The VWA is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. The Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) P.O. Box 43006 3540 AA Utrecht, The Netherlands Phone: ++31 (0)88 223 33 33 Fax: ++31 (0)88 223 33 34 E-mail: info@vwa.nl www.vwa.nl As from January 1, 2012, the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority will officially merge with the General Inspection Service (AID) and the Plant Protection Service (PD) to the New Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (nVWA). Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s) For conducting the identity check of the shipment, the Dutch VWA requires the seal number of the container to be on the health certificate. A seal number on the Bill of Lading is not sufficient as these can be easily re-issued by private companies. If no seal number is present on the health certificate, a physical check is necessary to verify the identity of the shipment. Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements General principles of certification are laid down in Council Directive 2002/99/EC: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2003:018:0011:0020:EN:PDF One of the principles is that: "The certificate must be issued before the consignment to which it relates leaves the control of the competent authority of the country of dispatch”. This means that the Health Certificate must be issued and signed before the shipment which it relates to leaves the United States. Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements Additional declarations, such as amendments, are an undividable part of the original Health Certificate; therefore the VWA has the following requirements: -Original /official USDA paper with color logo/letterhead. -Embossed or preferably stamped (preferably other color than text) with a logo or name of the veterinarian. -A wet signature (preferably other color than text) of the veterinarian. -One declaration per Health Certificate. Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate Certificate for Colostrum Author Defined: Related Reports from FAS offices in the EU: Visit the USEU website: the website http://www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu/provides a broad range of useful information on EU import rules and food laws and allows easy access to USEU reports, trade information and other practical information. Report Number Title Date Released NL1001 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards 02/09/2011 Country Report – The Netherlands E60015 EU FAIRS Certificate Report 03/23/2011 E57011 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards 12/22/2010 Country Report – European Union These reports can be accessed through the FAS website: http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Pages/Default.aspx DISCLAIMER: This report has been prepared by the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in The Hague, the Netherlands for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, the information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their Dutch customer (importer), who is normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped. Final import approval of any product is subject to the importing country’s rules and regulations as interpreted by border officials at the time of product entry.
Posted: 22 January 2012

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