Below you will find a survey of important matters and/or developments that have taken place since the associations formation.

Period 1951 – 1960

Formation Dutch Association of Ship Suppliers.

1954 – 1960
Chairman Mr S. Frenk.

NVvS is co-founder of the International Ship Suppliers Association in Copenhagen.

1960 – 1967
Chairman Mr Lem.

Period 1961 – 1970

Five-day working week is introduced; the free bonded warehouse is opened to NVvS members only on Saturdays between 8 and 12 am.

Introduction associations logo.

1967 – 1977
Chairman Mr S. Frenk.

Bigger ships with fewer crewmembers make their entry.
Containerisation increases hand over hand.

Issuing of terrain permits by Scheepvaart Vereniging Zuid.

Introduction customs documents T-1 and T-2.  

Period 1971 – 1980

Stagnation activities in Dutch harbours.

Rotterdam has a trans-shipment of 500,000 containers.
The recession in shipping becomes serious.

Document committee investigates light draft of the EEC ordinance concerning supplying sea-going vessels, aircraft and international trains.
NVvS is co-founder of O.C.E.A.N., the association of ship suppliers in EU states.

1977 – 1982
Chairman Mr H.W. Schox.

Period 1981 – 1990

A new recession in shipping commences.

1982 – 1987
Chairman Mr C. Pieterse.

1987 – 1994
Chairman Mr P.C. de Haas.  

Period 1991 – 2000

Unification European market, NVvS members are swamped with directions from Brussels.

1992 – 1993
NVvS struggles to maintain VAT 0 rate for ship supplying and excise tax-free status for the Rhine trade.

1994 – 2000
Chairman Mr W.F. van Noortwijk.

Discontinuance distinction members and extraordinary members.

Ever-stricter rules from Brussels. Customs sets up a guarantee.

Electronic declaration of customs documents export Sagitta is put into operation. Fewer incoming ships in Rotterdam harbour.

Committee De Haas makes recommendations to the executive committee NVvS with a report after a union of the Dutch supplying industry.

Chairman Mr P.C. de Haas.

Mr W.F. van Noortwijk becomes the first Dutch Chairman of the International Ship Suppliers Association (I.S.S.A.).

After a period of 45 years, the secretariat of the NVvS is passed on to De Haas Marine Services B.V. in Oud-Beijerland by the Centraal Orgaan (Central Organ) in The Hague.

For the first time, a double position of chairman and secretary is created by Mr P.C. de Haas.

A canvassing campaign to recruit new members is executed successfully.

The Rhine trade suppliers have again managed to receive a respite from the Ministry of Finance to supply Rhine-going ships free of excise and consumer tax until 1 January 2003.

In July, the veterinary guideline 97/78/EG is put into action.  

Period 2001 – 2005

New requirements for continuous security are set by customs.

21/3/2001: first outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in the Netherlands. This FMD crisis partially or completely paralyses some of the companies that are members of the NVvS. A crisis team is formed to assist the members as well as possible. This situation takes up a few months.

Applications submitted for approval by companies within the framework of 13.1 and 13.2 (ship supplying), and the introduction of the veterinary certificate for the benefit of ship supplying experience considerable delays.

Terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 in the US have a significant impact on the ship supplying industry. The cruise trade in particular experiences severe setbacks.

19/9/2001: The Netherlands is officially declared free of FMD.

Preparation NVvS website is completed.

Rotterdam harbour dues are threatening to become less competitive, which could convince ship owners to by-pass the Rotterdam harbour.

Start pilot project Centralisation Provisioning between customs and the business world.

NVvS starts participation in Committee Customs Check (Deltalinqs) in the person of the chairman of the working group of customs affairs.

NVvS starts participation in brainstorming group CLIENT (Controles Landbouwgoederen Import Export Nieuwe Toekomst) in the person of the chairman of the working group of veterinary affairs / vice-chairman NVvS.

Excise tax-free delivery to international inland shipping is under discussion. A crisis team is formed to try and maintain this part of ship supplying.

I.S.S.A. Convention is held in Bergen, Norway.

At the New Year reception, the first NVvS website is presented and officially put into action.

6 May 2002 – The political murder on Pim Fortuyn has an enormous impact on business and citizens. The aspiration he had announced on behalf of the government regarding a decrease of rules is only partly brought about by his party, the LPF.

Increase rules and inspections by the government lead to a disruption of the level playing field between the Netherlands and the countries around us.

New national elections are called.

Project Centralisation Provisioning definitively going ahead.

For the fight against fraud, Brussels works on the modernisation of the customs system. The New Computerized Transit System (N.C.T.S.) will lead to electronically entering and processing customs documents.

RVV starts the procedure concerning the approvals of 13.2 (RL 97/78/EG), in cooperation with the working group veterinary affairs. The veterinary certificate for ship supplying is brought into use.

Dark clouds gather above the international inland shipping business. The Ministry of Finance states that the abolition of the excise tax-free deliveries will be a fact early 2003. This is a downright deathblow for a number of members that are fully dependent on this business. Attempts of the crisis team to once again get a respite comes to nothing, despite deployment of radio, TV and the press.

I.S.S.A. Convention is held in Dubai U.A.E. this year.

A shock of bewilderment jolts through the ship supplying industry when one of the oldest members of the NVvS, namely Köpcke Holland B.V. is declared bankrupt after 132 years of existence, in November 2002. As from 31 December 2002, 110 companies and institutions are registered as NVvS members.

The struggle against terrorism is further honed. The NVvs members are also confronted with this.

The IMO demands implementation of the ISPS code. The deadline is 1 July 2004.

The low dollar exchange cheats the ship suppliers out of their sales.

Because Brussels rules are interpreted differently on a national level, a level playing field between the European main ports does not exist.

Cutbacks of the Dutch government have a direct influence on the operational work of ship suppliers.

Because of the closure of multiple customs offices, the ship suppliers are adversely influenced in their work.

The Working Group Customs Affairs attempts to have the national customs authorities continue the service to the Dutch ship suppliers in consultation with them.

Through O.C.E.A.N., we fight for harmonisation of the many systems that are in place within the EU.

Preparations for the implementation of the New Computerized Transit System (NCTS) are in full swing. The deadline has been set for 1 April 2004.

The ISSA Convention Trade Exhibition 2003 was held in Portoroz, Slovenia.

The Ministry of Finance definitively abolishes the excise tax and VAT-free deliveries to the international inland shipping business as from 1 January 2003. On 31 December 2003, the 2003 NVvS has 105 members.

The NVvS celebrates its golden jubilee with a 3-day gala in Grand Hotel “Huis ter Duin” in Noordwijk aan Zee. Mayor Ivo Opstelten of Rotterdam conducted the official opening of the festivities: a jubilee reception at the Carlton Oasis Hotel in Spijkernisse with Harbourmaster of Rotterdam, Jaap Lems, as a special guest speaker, and the publication of a jubilee book named “Grote grutters wat een tijd”, written by author and retired ship supplier George F. Suur, with additional drawings by Jan Sanders.

Safety, standards and values, mutual trust and respect are continually returning conversation topics.

As regards safety, the International Ship & Port facility Security code (I.S.P.S.) went into operation on 1 July 2004.

In cooperation with Havenbedrijf Rotterdam NV, the NVvS Working Group I.S.P.S. has drawn up a “Branch Security Declaration” for its members, which they can use to quickly and simply get access to harbour terminals and ships.

The low American dollar exchange rate in relation to the Euro has detrimental consequences for many members; it is difficult for them to keep up a competitive price level in relation to countries associated to the dollar.

New criteria for accepting new members are determined in the Regulations.

The government states that 25% less administrative pressure should be applied to the business world. Unfortunately, experience shows that the opposite is true. NVvS members are swamped with new and altered rules and legislation, for the most part in veterinary and customs areas.

The New Computerized Transit System coming into operation at customs runs into start-up problems and an increase of unverified documents.

The matter of coming to a generic number of goods codes at ship supplying is deliberated on.

The so-called “alternative proof” is accepted at Customs and Commodity Boards in most cases; in some, a solution has yet to be found.

Local customs offices are cancelled and placed under district offices.

In a veterinary area, NVvS members are still confronted with increases in tariffs, applied for inspections by the Veterinary Goods Authority (Dutch: Veterinaire Waren Autoriteit (VWA)) and/or the public service for the inspection of Cattle and Meat (Dutch: Vee en Vlees (RVV)). Consultation with the Ministries regarding the application of the tariffs is continued.

A pilot for the Veterniary Border Inspection (Dutch: Veterinaire Grens Controle (VGC)) is started up in May of this year.

The projects CLIENT and TRACES are also continued.

Objectives that are worked on even this year are, among other things: timely consultation regarding the implementation and execution of rules and legislation. Differences in implementation and interpretation of rules and legislation.
Costs of inspections/tariffs.
Trans-shipment arrangements.
Transitory arrangement.
Alteration covenant RVV-Customs.
Information system inspecting bodies and dock business.

As from 1 May 2004, the European Union is expanded by 10 member states to a total of 25.

After the retirement of NVvS committee member Herman Hoekstra, his seat on the O.C.E.A.N. Board has been taken over by NVvS vice-chairman Dick Peterse.

Mr Michel van Hulle (Belgium) will be the new O.C.E.A.N. chairman.

The NVvS continues its membership with the Agrarian Import Platform (AIP) and Deltalinqs.

The annual I.S.S.A. Convention Trade Exhibition was held in Athens, Greece this year. As from 31 December 2004, 113 companies and institutions are registered with the NVvS.

The NVvS holds a seat in the Port Security Committee.

This is an advisory body with regard to security matters in the Rotterdam harbour, which discusses issues with the purpose of spotting problems and coming up with solutions so that policies can be adjusted where necessary. This committee is an initiative of Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. A few important government institutions, branch associations and the dock business also hold seats.

The NVvS chairman is to hold office on the executive committee of Deltalinqs Harbour.

Deltalinqs Harbour (Dutch: Deltalinqs Haven) is a division of Deltalinqs, employers organisation for port and industry.

Approximately 30,000 ships visited the Rotterdam harbour in 2005.

The total goods trans-shipment amounts to 369 million tons, an increase of nearly 5%.

The NVvS tries to eliminate distortion of competition by consulting widely with parties involved. It appears that shipping companies increasingly have ship provisioning take place in other, nearby harbours, because deliveries to Dutch ports have to take place by use of barges too often, which generates extra costs that are not charged in other ports.

As from 31 December 2005, 113 companies and institutions are registered as NVvS members.

During the General Meeting of 24 March 2005, R.C. Peppinck (Philip Morris) resigned his post and D.J. Cupido (Klevenberg Shipping Center B.V.) took office as a committee member.

After this meeting, a presentation was given by Nederlands Loodswezen B.V. (Dutch Pilotage B.V.).

In the area of customs, an increasingly great deal of effort to introduce the information superhighway instead of paper documents is demonstrated. The New Computerized Transit System (NCTS) and Sagitta import and export have been implemented and the Excise Movement Control System (EMCS) and the pre-arrival/departure reports are further developed. The mandatory use of NCTS has come into effect on 1 July 2005. The graduation of interest of automatic bail and the new provisioning method were also introduced. The Ministry of Finance, the local customs office and the NVvS all consider it important to consult widely and transparently on behalf of the ship supplying industry. On a European level, this is done through NVvS participation in the committee of ship suppliers in EU countries: O.C.E.A.N.

In a veterinary area, many rules and much legislation were again adjusted and/or worked out in 2005. The Food Inspection Department (Dutch: Keuringsdienst van Waren (KVW)) and the public service for the inspection of Cattle and Meat (Dutch: Vee en Vlees (RVV)) have been joined together to become the Food and Goods Authority (Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit (VWA)). The VWA’s calculations of the costs of their services rendered are still a subject for debate. By employing the VWA’s services more smartly, these services can probably be utilised more cheaply.

Chairman Director Hans Smits of Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. made a working visit to one of our ship-supplying members in 2005. A delegation of the NVvS executive committee caught him up on the many aspects that ought to make ship supplying a success and to maintain that success. The International Ship Suppliers Association (ISSA) celebrated its golden jubilee in the city of its foundation: Copenhagen, Denmark.

Period 2006 – present

This year, too, a New Year reception and dinner dance gala was organised for the NVvS members, at the same locations as the year before. In addition, a special network meeting was organised at the Scheepvaart- en Transportcollege (Shipping and Transport College) in Rotterdam. Here, the NVVS’s new style was presented. A new NVVS logo (the former one was NVvS) en therefore also a new flag, stationary, etc.
This time, Mr Martin Selles of Damien Shipyard Group was the guest speaker.

NVVS members get the opportunity to hold a company presentation during one of the networking sessions. This time, Unitor Ships Service had its turn with a company tour and a presentation.

The NVVS working group I.S.P.S. is negotiating with the port terminals and Deltalinqs concerning a policy to be carried out that dictated where safety regulations at the various terminals could be better observed.

NVVS chairman Pieter C. de Haas sr. has resigned his post as honorary co-manager of the commercial I.S.S.A. department: Marine Related Services Ltd on Malta. 31,077 Sea-going vessels have entered the Rotterdam port in 2006, and 381,745 tons of cargo was transhipped.

NVVS chairman Pieter C de Haas sr. resigned his post during the General Meeting. He was succeeded by Mr D.J. (Dirk) Cupido. De Haas will remain in office as NVVS secretary, but will not be part of the NVVS executive committee.

A new record of lading transhipment was reached in the Rotterdam port: 406,200 tons in total and the number of sea-going vessels that had entered has increased as well.

The traditional New Year reception and dinner dance gala were again held at the same locations as the past years. These events proved to be very beneficial for networking, at which partaking of culinary tours de force lent a helping hand.

At various locations, the NVVS organised information sessions for its members to come to certification as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).

The Rotterdam alderman for Economics, Port and Environment, Mr Mark Harbers, met the NVVS executive committee at the premises of one of the NVVS ship-supplying members. It turned out to be a successful meeting, and he indicated that the support on issues that are part of his tasks would always be open to discussion and improvement.
As from 2006, Havenmaatschappij Rotterdam N.V. has control of a Rotterdam Maritime Platform that passed a variety of matters that concern the Rotterdam port in general under separate review. The NVVS has a seat on this platform.

The nearly traditional special network meeting of 2007 was organised at the heavy construction company Huisman Itrec in Schiedam. The participants received a guided tour around the company and then they got on board of the Spido MS “James Cook” for a round trip in the Rotterdam waters and surroundings. Over 130 people took part in this event. Fred Kofman from Huisman Itrec was the guest speaker this time.

Due to the ever increasing build-up of traffic in the Randstad, Deltalinqs decided to establish an  Accessibility Committee. In this committee, purposive proposals will be discussed, which can later be offered to the authorities. The NVVS holds a seat on this committee.

2008 has been a good year for our industry, due to a world-wide recession it ended in a economical crises.
During the General Meeting of March 27, 2008 J.L. Vos and J.H.W. Fuchs resigned their posts and J.G. Blom, T. Prins and P. Kerkhof took office as committee members.

It’s possible for companies to register as certified Authorized Economic Operator when they pass the demands of customs. A new NVVS working group came into existence: The NVVS working group A.E.O. The EMCS, the electronic AGD will be linked to the AEO certified companies. The electronic way of import declaration will be linked to ECS (export control System) for export declaration. In the beginning of 2008, a fusion between the VWA (Foods and Goods Authority, Dutch: Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit) and the A.I.D (Common Inspection Service, Dutch: Algemene Inspectiedienst) en the PD (Plant Disease Service, Dutch: plantenziektekundige Dienst) was announced. They expect that the fusion will be accomplished at the end of 2011.
2008 is the year of a series of animal diseases like the bird flu, bluetongue and swine plaque. The 20st of May the first case of Mad Cow Disease ( the 85th  since 1997) and again another thread of the feared FMD ( Food-Mouth disease) 2008 is also the year in which Irish pork and meat products were removed from the shelves due to the high dioxin levels.
During this year a lot of meetings about the adjustments to be made on the Veterinary regulations 97/78 EG took place.

The economic crises has consequences for the Ship Suppliers! The heaviest economical crises since the thirties last century! Do we have enough “fat on bones” to survive? Next year, will have to prove if everything will be stable enough to start growing fat.
During 2009 all custom affairs for Ship supply  are carried out by one custom office, the one situated on the “Maasvlakte”. For all airfreight affairs the location Schiphol is pointed out as general custom office.
OCEAN is a full interlocutor now in Brussel (European Union) for our industry. Specially for changing custom rules this year, Ocean is very successful. When new legislation will be discussed In Brussels, ship chandlers are taken into account!

The first meeting will take place in 2008.