Export certificate

Ctgb can, upon request of an exporter, issue an ‘export certificate’ to companies for the benefit of the export to their clients in other countries. An export certificate is a certificate in which Ctgb confirms that the given plant protection product or biocide is authorised or registered for the given field(s) of use pursuant to the Plant Protection Products and Biocides Act and that the particular plant protection product or biocide may be traded freely in the Netherlands for those fields of use.


Firms exporting plant protection products to non EU-/EEA countries are often asked by importing states or foreign customers to supply a certificate prepared by the authorising authority in the country of origin that confirms that the product has been approved or registered for the specified application(s). The European internal market is based on the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital. The export certificate serves to stimulate free trade.

In principle, no export certificate will be granted (pursuant to the Treaty of Rome – free trade) for products intended to be traded to a different Member State of the European Union or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) participating in the European Economic Area (EEA). Therefore, no export certificates will be issued for:

  • EU: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden, Rumania and Bulgaria.
  • EEA: Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.

The certificate can be provided in English, French or Spanish.


The costs of an export certificate have been laid down in the Tariffs Decree.

Instruction for submission

The export certificate can be requested from the Ctgb.

It suffices to submit the completed  form to Ctgb by mail or e-mail.