The Netherlands may be a small country, but it is an excellent location for U.S. food imports due to its central E.U. connector: the Port of Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the entire world, right behind the U.S. Being such a large exporter, there are still various rules and regulations. Dutch exporters must abide by these food safety frameworks before their products can be accepted by customs and placed on the shelves in U.S. marketplaces, stores, or vendors.
In order for a Dutch manufacturer to export food to the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stipulated that their team must include a PCQI: Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. Anyone receiving PCQI training in the Netherlands must have a comprehensive understanding of their food export goals.
Dutch exporters typically export flowers and plants, meat, vegetables, milk and dairy, drinks, fruit, cocoa, and animal feed. However, there are several standardized rules and regulations that E.U. countries must comply with. For example, lamb, mutton, equine, and poultry meat products are ineligible for export.