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Organic Farming

Cultivating crops

If you want to grow organic crops in the Netherlands, you must first convert your land. The conversion period excludes the risk of finding residues of previously used pesticides in the organic crops. In order to harvest organic crops, you have to cultivate the land according to organic regulations during the conversion period. Land is only organic if it is certified according to applicable regulations. Conversion and certification of land is only possible if the land is under Skal certification. You can find all the information in the Dutch information sheet about Cultivating Crops, which you can print out.

Livestock

In the Netherlands, an animal is organic if it is certified according to applicable organic regulations. These regulations include requirements regarding accommodation, grazing, slaughter age, animal feed and healthcare. You can find all the information in the Dutch information sheet Organic Livestock, which you can print out.

Skal certifies all organic production in the Netherlands. If you wish to start farming organic livestock, please apply to us.

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Manufacturing

Every company that manufactures or produces organic food products and animal feed must be certified for this purpose.

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Import

Every company that imports organic food products, raw materials, and animal feed is certified for this purpose. This applies to the actual importer as well as the company that physically receives the products (the first consignee). An importer can, of course, also be the first consignee.

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Storage

Every company that stores organic raw materials, semi-finished goods, or end products must be certified for this purpose.

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Trade

Every company that trades in organic products is certified for this purpose. You may only trade in products from certified organic companies.

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Aquaculture

Various forms of aquaculture can be certified as organic.

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Online stores

Every company that sells certain organic products on the internet must be registered.

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Organic Farming

If you want to grow organic crops in the Netherlands, you must first convert your land. Land is only organic if it is certified according to applicable regulations. Conversion and certification of land is only possible if the land is under Skal certification. In the Netherlands, an animal is organic if it is certified according to organic regulations.

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Organic Food

Anyone who prepares, stores and places organic products on the market (including wholesalers, importers and traders) must be licensed by a recognised certification body and hold a valid organic certificate.

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Import

Skal certifies all organic production in the Netherlands including import. You may sell products certified as organic in the EU without an extra import certification. However, you must be certified by us for trade in organic products.

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Export

You can apply for a transaction certificate if you wish to trade with countries outside the EU. Simply log on to our website Mijn.Skal.nl and fill out the questionnaire. The product must fulfil the following:

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