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(On-screen text: In the global agricultural market time and information are critical.)


(With the consignment on its way, certification data is shared between the exporting and importing authority. On arrival in the importing country certification data is available immediately: better risk management.)

(Data from the exporter’s order system is used to create a certificate, allowing last-minute changes: fewer errors.)

(When inspections occur, results are available automatically and can be printed if required: high quality certificates. Multilateral organisations like UN/Cefact, IPCC, OIE and CODEX set international standards: internationally accepted.)

(The certificate can be easily adapted to last-minute changes to consignments: better logistics.)

(All data is widely available for authorised partners: re-use of information.)

(First-hand information for importing authorities: less fraud.)

(Holland’s coat of arms against a blue background. Below it the on-screen text: Electronic certification improves: inspections, risk management, logistics, communications. For more information please visit

Both exporting and importing companies have an interest in the rapid and predictable transit of their shipments at the border. The globalization of production and the growing number of “just in time” deliveries make this interest even larger. There is also a growing interest for government actions at the border. Security is one reason for this growing interest. Also, managing the associated health risks of international trade is another major concern with implications for both human health and animal and plant health.

Combining these interests, the government is forced innovate in their risk assessments and inspections. One of those innovations is the use of digital business documents. When the government already has digital information for a shipment before it arrives, a large part of the risk analysis and administrative inspections can be executed before the shipment arrives. Consequently, inspections can be focused on physical risks.

The veterinary and phytosanitary export certificates are important documents for border inspections. When they are available in a digital format, and when they are exchanged directly between the Authority in the country of origin and the Authority in the country of destination, fraud can be prevented and the inspections improved.

In the Netherlands, automated systems are currently available for Import, and they are able to receive electronic certificates from third countries. Automated system for Export has recently been implemented. This system is able to produce electronic certificates (XML in the UN-CEFACT-standard) for the Authority in the country of destination.