Environmentally hazardous substances

The Dutch Chemical Substances Act ('Wet milieugevaarlijke stoffen') lays down rules to protect humans and the environment against hazardous substances and preparations. Examples include:

  • substances that deplete the ozone layer
  • cadmium-containing products
  • certain mineral oils
  • fireworks

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and the Ministry of Finance have signed agreements about the task that Customs fulfils in connection with these goods. The responsibilities range from inspecting licences for substances that deplete the ozone layer to reporting consignments of fireworks entering the Netherlands to taking samples to inspect the cadmium content of goods.

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