Rotterdam becomes the first Dutch port to introduce livestock checkpoints

On January 8, 2021, Port of Rotterdam inaugurated a first-of-its-kind livestock checkpoint. Located at the Stena Line terminal of Rotterdam, the Animal Centre Hoek van Holland (ACH) is a joint venture between ECS Livestock and Stena Line.

The checkpoint in Rotterdam is the first of its kind in any Dutch port, with live animals undergoing veterinary inspection.

Ever since Brexit came into place, an inspection of live animals has been made mandatory by the European Union. Since Rotterdam attracts the bulk of live animal exports from the UK among all the Dutch ports, this move will likely strengthen the port's position.

ACH has been granted permission by the European Commission for the inspection of day-old chicks and hatching eggs. A supplementary permit for inspecting horses is determined to be granted later in this month.

Stena Line is a major ferry operator, carrying livestock from the British ports of Harwich and Killingholme to other key North Sea ports.

The inspections at ACH’s facilities on the Stena Line site will be carried out by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). Already, stable space for seven horses is readily available on site. As soon as the commission gives the green light for horse inspection, ACH will begin it, too.

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