Anyone who wishes to establish a transport company, will have to be aware of the fact that this cannot be done overnight. Before starting a transport company, one will first have to face a generous amount of paperwork. For instance: every company that is engaged in the professional carriage of goods by road, i.e. every company that transports goods (by road) against payment and by third party order, needs a ‘Eurovergunning’ (Euro permit) in case the carriage takes place with vehicles with a loading capacity of more than 500 kg. Obtaining a Euro permit requires some effort. Which steps need to be taken? Read it here!
In order to obtain a Euro permit, the permit must be applied for at the NIWO (the Dutch National and International Road Transport Organization). As indicated in the introduction, the permit is required for national and international transport with vehicles with a loading capacity of more than 500 kg. A transport company with a license must have at least one vehicle, for which a license certificate must be issued. With a license certificate on board, the vehicle may transport goods within the EU (with a few exceptions). Outside of the EU other permits are necessary (for instance a CEMT permit or an additional ride authorization). The Euro permit is valid for a period of 5 years. After this period, the permit can be renewed. Depending on the type of transport (for instance transport of hazardous materials), it is possible that other permits are also necessary.
There are four main requirements which need to be met before a permit can be issued:
A Euro permit can be refused or withdrawn when this is advised by the Bureau Bibob. This can for instance be the case when there is a possibility that the permit will be used for criminal activities.
The permit can be applied for through the digital office of the NIWO. A permit costs € 235,-. The license certificate costs € 28.35. Furthermore, a yearly levy of €23,70 is charged per license certificate.
In order to establish a transportation company in the Netherlands, a ‘Eurovergunning’ needs to be obtained. This permit can be issued when four requirements are met: there must be an actual establishment, the company must be creditworthy, the transport manager has to be in the possession of a diploma ‘Ondernemer beroepsgoederenvervoer over de weg’ and the company should be trustworthy. Apart from not meeting these requirements, a permit can be refused when there is a risk that the permit will be misused. The costs for an application are € 235,-. A license certificate costs € 28.35.
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