The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) registers importers of plant products in a central database. All import inspections take place at the point of entry to the EU. In the Netherlands, this means the airports and the sea ports. An exception is made for recognised inspection locations within the country's borders. An import inspection can therefore be relocated to these locations. The NVWA assesses recognised import locations.
European trade directives apply within each sector in horticulture. The terms of these directives must be taken into account. Directive 1999/105/EG (forestry), 2008/90/EG (fruits) and 98/56/EG (ornamentals) are the basis for arboriculture.
The policy regulations and inspection regulations for the Netherlands are embedded in the Seeds and Planting Materials Act. This legislation is contained in the Inspection Regulations Naktuinbouw Your propagating material must be accompanied by a delivery note/suppliers document according to European legislation. The information stated on these documents must comply with the provisions. Propagating material rejected by our inspections must not be traded.
Importers can register with the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). Make sure you have your Chamber of Commerce registration number, or your citizen service number (BSN), handy. After you have been registered by the NVWA, Naktuinbouw can access your details. If you have decided to have the import inspection performed on your own site, you must apply for approval. An approved and recognised import location can be linked to a registered importer. The importer then becomes an inspection location holder.
The Naktuinbouw board establishes our inspection fees each year. The fees are subsequently approved by the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The costs are charged based on the cost-maker cost-bearer principle. The fees for inspection can be found here Rates/fees.