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Chile and the Netherlands begin paperless operations for phytosanitary certificates

The Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) has announced that Chile and the Netherlands have started using paperless phytosanitary certificates in the commercial exchange of products of plant origin.

The national director of the SAG, Horacio Borquez, said they had been working with representatives of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) for the past 8 years to make progress in matters related to eCert, in which the Netherlands is one of the world leaders. "In 2012 we began to work on the exchange of phytosanitary and zoosanitary certificates through the CMS Platform, thanks to the fluid cooperative relationship that we maintain with them, which helped us to comply with the demands of different markets, such as China and the Eurasian Economic Union.”

This year, Chile achieved paperless certification for plant products with the Netherlands, the European Union, the United States, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru. This means the country has a privileged position in the world regarding the development of electronic health certification.

During the 2019-2020 season, Chile's main export products to the Netherlands were avocados, grapes, and apples, among others, and the main port of entry to Europe was the Rotterdam terminal.



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