This is how exit works

If goods are leaving the European Union's customs territory, we refer to it as 'exit'.

You must do the following for the exit of goods:

  • Bring the goods to the customs exit office
  • Declare the goods.
  • Make sure the goods exit the European Union.

Bring the goods to the customs exit office

Are the goods exiting the European Union via the Netherlands? If so, bring the goods to the customs office responsible for the seaport or airport from which the goods are exiting the European Union. This is the customs exit office.

No Export Accompanying Document is required to transport goods from the customs export office to the customs exit office in the Netherlands.

Presenting goods

You must inform the customs exit office that the goods have arrived, and are available for inspection. Anyone in possession of the goods and is able present them for inspection can give notice of their arrival. Such as the driver or someone that receives the goods at the terminal.

What if you submit the export or re-export declaration to a customs office that also serves as a customs exit office and there is no domestic transport? In this case the customs declaration system AGS automatically reports their arrival.

The goods are leaving the European Union

Use the clearance declaration to notify Customs that you want to leave with the goods. This is possible by ship or plane. You submit the clearance declaration for the outward vehicle and the goods.

Once you have complied with all the formalities, you are granted authorisation to depart. Afterwards you report that the goods have left the European Union. This is the second part of the clearance declaration.

The customs exit office and the customs export office confirm to the exporter that the goods have exited.

Fictive exit

What if you submit an export or re-export declaration, and this is followed by a declaration for customs transport or a Single Transport Document? This means the goods have fictively exited. Supervision of the exit occurs by inspection of the customs transport.

More information?

You can read more about exit in the Customs Manual:

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