Container Release Message - see how your import declaration is changing

From 4 October 2021 onwards, Customs is working with level 1 of what is referred to as the Container Release Message (Container Vrijgave Bericht or CVB). Your import declaration is not accepted until after the arrival of the goods in a Dutch port. In addition, your import declaration must correspond to an earlier declaration for temporary storage. The foregoing does not only apply to goods in containers but it applies to all of the cargo coming by sea.

What does level 1 of the Container Release Message (CVB) mean for me?

After 4 October 2021, we do not accept your import declaration until:

  • after the arrival of the goods
    This means after the arrival of the ship in a Dutch port.
  • your import declaration corresponds to the declaration as submitted earlier for temporary storage

Once your goods have arrived, the following is done:

  1. We check whether you are not filing the declaration too early.
  2. We check the data on the declaration against the data for temporary storage, which is done by checking the number of packages, or the weight and the B/L number against the data on the Declaration for Temporary Storage (Aangifte voor Tijdelijke Opslag or ATO). Are the data different?
    • You will get an error message.
    • Your declaration is not accepted.
    • You must file the declaration again and in which you rectify the error.
  3. We accept your declaration.
  4. We make a risk selection and we may do a customs check.
  5. We release the goods.
  6. You can collect the goods from the terminal.

How to avoid delays by filing a pre-declaration

Do you have an AEO status? In that event, you will be notified prior to the arrival of the goods that we will check your consignment.

If you file a pre-declaration prior to the ship arriving in a Dutch port, the collection procedure is accelerated.

This is how the pre-declaration works:

  1. You file a pre-declaration in the AGS declaration system. We assign a Master Reference Number or MRN.
  2. We check the data in your pre-declaration. which is done by checking the number of packages, or the weight and the B/L number against the data on the Declaration for Temporary Storage (Aangifte voor Tijdelijke Opslag or ATO). Are the data different?
    • You will get an error message.
    • Your declaration is not accepted.
    • You must subsequently file a new pre-declaration in which you rectify the error.
  3. Your pre-declaration is accepted.
  4. Your goods arrive.
  5. You file a presentation message together with your declaration in AGS.
  6. The declaration is accepted.
  7. We make a risk selection and we may do a customs check.
  8. We release the goods.
  9. You can collect the goods from the terminal.

The Container Release Message (CVB) in four stages

We are introducing CVB in stages. Level 1 starts on 3 October 2021, followed by the next stages:

  • Level 2: we also check your CVB against the transit declarations.
  • Level 3: we conduct more accurate gross weight checks.
  • Level 4: we inform declarants about our findings by sending a Goods Status Information Message.

Is the next level starting? You will be informed on this page.

Do you wish to know more?

We have published the website 'Being prepared for the Container Release Message (CVB)', together with Portbase and the umbrella organisations. The website contains all the information on the Container Release Message (CVB) and you will see the FAQ’s. You can download our presentation about the Container Release Message (CVB).

Or listen to the podcast from Beurtvaartadres.