Triple Helix

Triple Helix stands for the cooperation between Government, the Business Community and Science. Under the flag of Top Sector Logistics (Dutch government policy for bolstering the logistic strength of the Netherlands), we work closely together to enhance customs enforcement and the facilitation of daily operations, on developing training, and in scientific and applied research. Good examples thereof are the university studies ‘Dafoe’, a Dutch public private research project aiming at improvement of data for risk assessment sin e-commerce shipping and an ongoing academic study ‘New models for e-commerce VAT-collection’.

Furthermore Customs cooperate in Horizon 2020 research project. A good example of this is research into the use of technology for handling e-commerce. The PROFILE project is looking for analytical tools that can improve risk selection in mail and courier flows. In addition, Dutch Customs are working with the industry on the development of Automated Sniffer Technology, which identifies precursors and narcotics without opening any packages. This new inspection technology is the subject of the C-BORD European research projects*.

We also work closely with the business community to create secure and incorruptible supply chains. In such chains, Dutch Customs are familiar with all the links, and know which source has supplied the information about the consignment and/or whether its transportation has been secure. Once a secure and incorruptible supply chain has been established, Dutch Customs can reuse the commercial information for enforcement purposes. This leads to a reduction in the hassle for businesses and better risk information for Dutch Customs. In order to make good and secure access to this external information possible, Dutch Customs are building CRIS, the Customs Real Time Information System. This is an interface which, alongside the existing declaration systems, provides additional data on consignments of goods, obtained from internal and external sources. This could include:

  • data from parties in the logistics supply chain
  • container status reports (Contraffic)
  • internal customer information from sources such as KIS and BVR
  • historical compliance figures

Combining all relevant information creates a 360-degree view, making risk analysis more efficient, more uniform and stronger than before.

*Container Inspection at Border Control Points focuses on non-intrusive inspection: for details, visit:

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