Can I still take food products into and out of the United Kingdom after Brexit?
31 December: The information on this page has been updated on the basis of the agreement on the new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The Dutch government is currently analysing the agreement in more detail. This means that the information on this website may change in the period ahead.
Yes, you can still do this, but from 2021 the rules are stricter. There are now many limitations in place that did not previously apply. You may only bring 2 kilos of honey into the Netherlands from the UK, for instance.
Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad
You are strongly advised not to travel to the Netherlands unless it is strictly necessary. You can find out more on the page about Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad.
Bringing food products into the UK from the Netherlands
Whenever you bring food products into the UK, they will be subject to UK border controls. The UK will be phasing in these new controls over the next few months, so they may be subject to change. You can find out more on the UK government website.
Bringing food products into the Netherlands from the UK
Whenever you bring food products into the Netherlands, they will be subject to Dutch border controls. From 2021 different customs rules will apply. For example, you cannot bring meat, fish or dairy products with you from the UK to the Netherlands, although there are some exceptions. You can find more information on the website of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) (in Dutch). Plants and plant-based products are also subject to stricter rules.
What is meant by ‘bringing in food products’?
The information on this page is for individuals wishing to bring plant or animal products that are intended for human consumption, such as cheese or sausages purchased from a supermarket in the UK, into the Netherlands. Different rules apply to the import and export of such goods by businesses. You can find more information on the NVWA website.