What documents do I need for items exported via ocean freighter? /

If your goods were exported by a shipping company oversees, you need to provide 2 official customs documents. You may submit these documents digitally:


  1. 'EX-A'
    The EX-A document is an official document following specific guidelines, drawn up by your shipping company for customs, which describes the type and value of your goods. This allow's customs to determine wether the goods are suitable for export and if they need to be checked. 
  2. 'Confirmation of Exit' (aanzuivering) 
    After the goods have actually left the EU, your shipping company will automatically receive a Confirmation of Exit (aanzuivering) from customs. The Confirmation of Exit contains information like the date of exit and customs office details. 

There are strict requirements regarding the information that should be present on your export documents.  You can read more about the requirements here.

PLEASE NOTE: ask your shipping company to provide these documents before you ship your goods. These documents can no longer be provided by your shipping company after your goods have already been shipped.