Netherlands - Country Commercial Guide
Import Requirements and Documentation

Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.

Last published date: 2020-10-10

A small number of goods of U.S. origin require import licenses to enter the Netherlands. These are mostly controlled items such as arms and munitions. Licenses are generally granted for goods of U.S. origin. Additional information and application forms are available from the Dutch government website Business.gov.nl.

U.S. companies that wish to export agricultural and food products to the Netherlands must ensure that they meet Dutch import regulations and standards. Although the vast majority are harmonized within the European Union, there are still regulations and standards that are up to Member States. The Annual Netherlands Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report is an addendum to the GAIN report number E42019-0048 EU Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report. It lists the Dutch import regulations and standards that are not harmonized within the EU or where the Netherlands varies from the EU standards and can be found on the Foreign Agricultural Service website.

For detailed information on import documentation requirements, Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI), and environmental regulations, please refer to the European Union Country Commercial Guide.