For many years the Dutch Customs has worked closely with the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) – the authority responsible for product and food safety, plant and animal health and animal welfare. Based on the Dutch Government’s ‘one-government’ principle the two organisations are integrating and streamlining their processes. With this in mind, a project was launched in 2018 that should lead to more effective inspections and significant structural efficiency benefits for both agencies as well as providing time gains for international trade and logistics. Good news too for the consumer who will be finding ever fresher and safer meat and fish on his plate.
“In recent years we, as the national supervisory authorities, have taken major steps towards integrated border management”, Liesbeth Kooijman of the NVWA says. “The Joint Inspection Centre (JIC) was established at the national airport and in 2018 the State Inspection Terminal (RIT) opened in the port of Rotterdam. These are hyper-modern locations where Customs, ILT (Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate) and ourselves can increasingly coordinate/align our inspections and therefore increasingly operate as a single government body.
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