Strategic goods (authorisations for import, export and transit)
Strategic goods are goods which you are not allowed to export, import or transit to certain countries or only under certain conditions. This is for reasons of security and international agreements. It concerns goods which can be used:
- for military purposes
- for both civil and military purposes
- for the production of weapons of mass destruction and/or means of delivery for such weapons
If you do want to export, import or transit strategic goods, you must apply for an authorisation for this or you must submit a notification to the CDIU.
If you want to know whether certain goods are strategic goods, you can:
- submit a test application for an authorisation
- submit a request for classification of these goods
You can use the following forms for notifications or applications in connection with strategic goods. Also read how to submit the forms.
Do you conduct transactions with military goods in another Member State of the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein?
- Are you a supplier? Read more about this under:
Supplier of military goods
- Are you a buyer? Read more about this under:
Buyer of military goods
A supplier needs a transfer licence for the supply of military goods. This could be:
- an individual transfer licence
- a global transfer licence
- a general transfer licence
With a general transfer licence, a supplier is allowed to supply military goods to certified («recognised») buyers of military goods.
The transfer licence is issued by the authorities of the Member State or country of establishment of the supplier.
Does your company buy military goods from a supplier in another Member State of the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein? In that case, your company can, on request, be certified («recognised») as a buyer of military goods. With this certification, your supplier may send the goods to you using its general transfer licence.
The certification is issued by the authorities of the Member State or country of establishment of the buyer.
Certification is issued if the company meets the certification criteria. Companies established in the Netherlands use the following forms to apply for the certification:
- Application for Certification for buyers of military goods
( Aanvraag Certificering afnemer militaire goederen - only available in Dutch)
- Statement from the responsible member of the board for the Application for Certification for buyers of military goods
( Verklaring verantwoordelijk directielid bij de Aanvraag Certificering afnemer militaire goederen - only available in Dutch)
These forms are also accompanied by a 'Summary of self-assessment for the Application for Certification for buyers of military goods'.
Before submitting an Application, you should request an initial meeting with Customs (Tax and Customs Administration/Customs Eindhoven region, DEI Unit - Customer Management, Telephone +31 40 292 45 44.
The 'Summary of self-assessment for the Application for Certification for buyers of military goods' will be issued to you after the meeting.
More information about the transfer of military goods and the certification of companies can be found on the website https://www.government.nl/topics/export-controls-of-strategic-goods.