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

To import organic products from outside the EU, you must make sure that:
• We have certified you for these products.
• Every consignment has a ‘certificate of inspection’ (COI) from the certifier in the exporting country.
• The relevant custom authority stamps the COI.
• You keep these COI's for at least two years.

Two types of business are required to have certification:
•    The actual importer
•    The first consignee (not the importer)
It is possible that as an importer, you are also the first addressee.

If you are the first consignee and not the importer, you must send the original import certificate to the importer and keep a copy for yourself.

You must only import product in accordance with regulation 1235/2012 and 834/2007. This will include either bringing in:

• ‘in-scope product’ from approved third countries
• produce with import authorization
• produce certified by approved certifiers.

On our website, you can find a list of third countries and a list of recognised certification organisations outside the EU. Any conditions per country or product group are also included in these lists.

You should inform Customs that you are receiving an organic shipment. You do this by filling in the document code in box 44 of the declaration for release for free circulation (in Sagitta). If you use a clearing agent, you are responsible for instructing the clearing agent. During Customs clearance, you must present the certificate for import and any import duties. Customs sign off the original certificate
(box 17) and stamp it, after which it is legally valid. Without a valid signed and stamped certificate, the shipment loses its organic status and you may not trade these products as organic.