A. General Information
e-SPS: The Netherlands
B. Lessons Learned
Many agri-food products require sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) government certificates to clear customs. SPS certificates serve as an official communication from the competent authority of the exporting country to the competent authority of the importing country that the cargo meets minimum sanitary requirements. Electronic certificates are also much more accurate than paper certificates. Electronic certificates lower the number of interceptions and reduce time in ports.
Countries are increasingly shifting to electronic customs and port clearance systems to enable better risk management. As a result, relevant regulatory bodies – including IPPC, OIE and CODEX – have recognized electronic certification as an alternative to paper certificates.
The Netherlands have launched programs for practical implementation of electronic SPS certificates. Based on bilateral agreements, currently the Netherlands has e-certification with the following countries.
-South Korea (operating)
-Hong Kong (under construction)
-Columbia (under construction
-Philippines (under construction)
-Thailand (under construction)
-Turkey (under construction)
To face the challenges deriving from the use of paper certificates (paper certificates can be costly, are logistically complicated and difficult to protect against fraud).
Exchange of electronic Phytosanitary Certificates
Electronic support system for import and export certification;
-Application of certificates
- Decision support to the certifying inspector
-Automated generation of certificates
Signing and Verification Module
On line Verification module
Funding & Technical Infrastructure
More efficient certification process
Contributes to Risk based enforcement
Contributes to Food Security
Standardization of Exchange protocol
Make better use of electronic certification data
Border control assistance systems (virtual inspector)