1 week: Ensure that you have an EORI number.
An EORI number is a registration and identification number. This number is required by Customs for economic operators which import or export goods into or out of the EU.
2 weeks to 1 year: Ensure that you can submit your customs declarations using the systems of Customs.
Register with a customs broker or obtain the necessary software.
Several weeks: If you submit customs declarations yourself, apply for Registratie elektronisch berichtenverkeer (Electronic Messaging Registration).
Different conditions apply to each customs declaration system, so a separate registration will be required for each system.
Subject to inspection? For animal products and waste materials, for example, you must obtain the right certification from your relevant national authorities.
Additional customs regulations or permits?Check whether they apply to you.Note: all customs documents must also be electronically submitted in advance using the port system of Portbase.
Please contact the Dutch National Helpdesk at +31 88 156 66 55.