Strategic goods

Strategic goods are goods of which export, import and transit to certain countries is prohibited or only allowed under certain conditions. This is for reasons of security and international agreements. This concerns specific goods that:

  • can be used for military purposes
  • can be used for both civil and military purposes
  • can be used for manufacturing weapons of mass destruction and/or for manufacturing carriers for such weapons

The export, import and transit of strategic goods is strictly governed by rules. The basic principle is that import, export or transit requires a licence or must be reported.

The Dutch Tax & Customs Administration/Customs North/Central Import and Export Service (CDIU):

  • provides information on the licence application procedure or on submitting a report
  • deals with your application
  • issues the licences
  • draws up reports on licences issued

For further information, please contact:
Customs Administration of the Netherlands/Groningen/team Centrale Dienst voor In- en Uitvoer
Kempkensberg 12
9722 TB Groningen

Mailing address
PO box 3070
6401 DN Heerlen

Or call the Customs Information Line: 0800 - 0143 (free of charge). Calling from abroad? Please dial: +31 45 574 30 31.

Fax: +31 88 151 31 82

Further information on what are known as export control regimes and on export control policy can be found on the Internet site of the Ministry of Economic Affairs: Export controls and Strategic Goods. The Handbook on Strategic Goods can also be found there. This book contains the following information:

  • which specific goods are subject to the export control regimes, and
  • what the rules and procedures are for applying for export licences

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