Export prohibition of protective equipment

Export prohibition of protective equipment

Restrictions on the export of protective equipment

Update: The European Commission has decided that an export license is still required for the following protective equipment:

  • Protective spectacles and visors
  • Mouth-nose-protection equipment
  • Protective garments

This Regulation entered into force on 26 April 2020 and will apply for a periode of 30 days. More information about this regulation can be found here.

The European Union has banned the export of personal protective equipment without an export license since March 15.

Because of the coronavirus an (emergency) regulation has come into force since March 15 relating to an export ban on personal protective equipment. This means that protective equipment cannot be exported to countries outside the EU at this moment without a required export license, because these products are currently badly needed within the EU. In addition, no export license is required for transport to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, the so-called EFTA countries. This exemption is also valid for Andorra, the Faroe Islands, San Marino and Vatican City as well as for the associated countries and territories which have special relations with Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The legal text (in your own language) can be found via the link below:


Annex 1 of the above-mentioned EU regulation contains the goods that, as already indicated, may not be exported to countries outside the EU without an export license.

It is possible to apply for an export license online via this link.


If you already know that the goods you are exporting are protective equipment items, then you should contact the CDIU in Groningen. Telephone number 0800-0143 or from abroad +31 45 574 30 31.

The license applications can be sent to douane.dgr.cdiu.pbm@belastingdienst.nl


You should contact the FOD Economie for this.

The FOD Economie provides the possibility of attestation for companies with goods that are outside of the scope of this export regulation. With this attestation the company proves the Customs that the attested goods of the company are not affected by the export regulation.

How do you apply for this attestation?

  • Contact the FOD Economie by e-mail: pmb-epi-export402@economie.fgov.be
  • Provide the EORI number
  • Indicate which items (and which commodity code) require an attestation.

Have you received an attestation? Please send this, together with the order, to SGS Maco. We can state the attestation in the export declaration, which ensures that your logistics process will not be disrupted and that you can export the items immediately.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us nl.maco.customer@sgs.com