In the Central part of Western Europe, globally-organized supply chains have been thriving for the last eight years in a high-end environment: since 2005, more than one hundred companies have established themselves at the Borchwerf II Business Area in the Netherlands. As an important gateway to EMEA region, Borchwerf II is surrounded by the maritime and intermodal terminals of the Rotterdam and Antwerp main ports. The footprint of the 275-hectare business area is spacious: approximately half of the area has been sold to companies in construction-ready sites. The other half is used for roads, landscaping, and water.

At this moment, 11 hectares of construction-ready sites are immediately available. For sales, we cooperate closely with a number of international brokers and developers. The Netherlands has a 400-year-old worldwide history of trading, and we take pride in our system of tax regulations and efficient customs service, and also in our healthy labor market. There is an active business area management system and the main European cities are located nearby. If you would like more information, please let us know.

Prospering relationship between Netherlands and United States Custom Authorities


The exchange of information and cooperation between the Customs Authorities in the Netherlands and the Customs and Border Protection of the United States goes back for generations. The economic relationship between Europe and the United States evolved in 2012 in the signing of the E.U. – U.S.  Mutual Recognition Decision for C-TPAT and AEO regulations. Each of the involved customs authorities is treating members of the other customs authority’s programs in a manner comparable to the way it treats members of its own program. This provides less redundancy and duplications. With the introduction of the agreement, the involved companies only have to conform to one set of security requirements and unnecessary validations are avoided with companies no longer being validated twice. The number of validation visits is almost decreased by halve! Fewer controls suffice, because the trade partnership program participant is recognized by both programs, while transparency leads to the evolvement of more similar platforms and the exchange of information between all of the involved partners expedite and facilitate the movement of legitimate international commerce. Finally, the international seal of approval increases a company’s marketability and overall brand equity all over the world, leading to further business opportunities. In the process of executing the Free Trade Agreement into practice which now takes place, the international flows of goods will be further facilitated, for instance by the abolishing of tariffs and the approach of non-tariff impediments, protection of investments and sanitary and fytosanitary measurements.

One stop shop; involving a single inspection moment

In general, important collaborative programs in the Netherlands like the Sea Port Cargo Management and Smartgate Schiphol, make it possible for multiple government services to tune their inspections in the main ports or at the extended gateways in the hinterland,
in order to ensure that these can be carried out efficiently and effectively with the least possible disruption to logistics. This model is called the Coordinated Border Management, involving a single window for data-entry to and from border inspection authorities and a one stop shop, being a single inspection moment for all governmental services. In addition, The Customs Administration of the Netherlands participates actively in research jointly with industry and universities into the development of smart and secure trade lanes, with mainly customs supervising in the exporting country.

Interventions at logical moments and points in the supply chain

Because of its ability to independently see along the length of the international supply chains, the Customs Administration in the Netherlands can use its knowledge to advise on - and monitor - security and compliance and make interventions for supervision at more logical moments and points in the chain. The specific approach for the development of joint trade-government supervision and the innovative approach for inspections at smart moments and places in the logistical chain, even led to a unique study in The Netherlands for a master in customs & supply chain compliance. The high level of service provision, the layered approach of risk management, the established trust towards the economic operators,
the intensive collaboration with other inspection and investigation services, the structural dialogue with the collective business community and the mutual research carried out by government, the business community and the scientific sector, together form the role of Customs as manager of the enforcement relating to the cross-border movement of goods. Would you like more information? Please let us know!

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