Border Control Posts

North Sea Port is an external border of the European Union (EU). After clearance into North Sea Port, goods can travel freely through the EU member states. Checks on these goods are performed by Customs and the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV) or the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). Many of the checks on products of animal origin are carried out at one of the Border Control Posts in North Sea Port.

Enter Europe smoothly, safely and efficiently

Veterinary products arriving at North Sea Port from all over the world can be transported onwards into Western Europe in a smooth, safe and efficient manner. North Sea Port facilitates an optimal service for the import of these products from outside the European Union. To this end, there are several Border Control Posts which operate in our port area, as well as two inspection centres (as satellites of the Border Control Posts). 

As an end user, the various Border Control posts are close to you in the port area on both the Dutch and Belgian sides of the border. Moreover, various services and controls are housed together under one roof at the Border Control Post in Ghent. In this way, we guarantee the efficient and smooth handling of goods, making North Sea Port a one-stop hub. 

In addition, as a multimodal deep-sea port, North Sea Port provides the ideal operating base for onward inland transport – for example via container transhipment – thanks to our extensive network of hinterland connections.

Locations and permits

On the Dutch side, the inspections for veterinary products take place at Kloosterboer in Vlissingen. The Inspection Centres (IC) at Katoen Natie and SEA-Tank Terminal in Ghent are designated for checks on the Belgian side. In the course of 2021, North Sea Port will open a new Border Control Post for veterinary products. 

See below for a detailed list of all the locations. 

Vlissingen

On the Dutch side, the inspections for veterinary products take place at Kloosterboer in Vlissingen, under the auspices of the NVWA. This facility deals with packaged goods for human consumption and frozen packaged goods for non-human consumption. 

Location Kloosterboer (Vlissingen)
Accreditation HC(2) and NHC(FR)(2)
Products Packaged goods for human consumption and frozen packaged goods for non-human consumption.

Ghent

In the course of 2021, North Sea Port will open a new Border Control Post for veterinary products, in collaboration with the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV) and customs. They will be able to check goods, examine samples in the laboratory and deal with administrative matters all under one roof.

For inland navigation, North Sea Port in Ghent can be nominated as the first port, even if the cargo arrives in the port of Antwerp first. All checks (customs/FAVV) on goods that enter in Antwerp from a third country can be moved to Ghent after the goods have been transferred to Ghent by short sea shipping or inland navigation. 

Location North Sea Port (Ghent)
Accreditation NCH-T(2), HC-T (2)
Products Packaged goods for human consumption and frozen packaged goods for non-human consumption.

Ghent inspection centres

SEA-Tank Terminal

At SEA-Tank Terminal there is an Inspection Centre (IC) for inspections of liquid oils, fats and fish oils in bulk.

Location SEA-Tank Terminal (Ghent)
Accreditation NHC/HC-NT(4)
Products Liquid oils, fats and fish oils in bulk.

Katoen Natie

Katoen Natie has an IC where checks are carried out on imported packaged pet food.

Location Katoen Natie (Ghent)
Accreditation NHC-NT(2)(1)
Products Packaged pet food

Contact authorities

For more information, please contact the competent authorities.