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What is Schiphol SmartGate Cargo?

Schiphol SmartGate Cargo is one of the first international public-private collaborations in the field of air cargo. It involves intensive and innovative forms of co-operation between the private sector and government agencies responsible for enforcing border crossing legislation.

Schiphol SmartGate Cargo involves the integrated monitoring of goods leaving the European Union from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, allowing rapid and efficient clearance.

Schiphol SmartGate Cargo represents an innovative, safe and efficient air cargo process, free of disturbances. It is featured by:

  •  Location: cargo areas at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Customs Control Centre: central supply of (pre-)information and central control
  • Cargo Checkpoint: registration and selection of cargo movements
  • Red versus green cargo flows
  • One-stop-shop: central control moment for all red cargo flows
  • Maximum safety: continuous supervision of cargo flows


A number of developments have already taken place. For example, the Customs Control Centre, a central helpdesk for customs services customers, has recently been realised. The Cargo Checkpoint pilot project was launched on 21 September, in which various monitoring and inspection procedures are integrated in a single monitoring procedure.

Schiphol SmartGate Cargo also includes the ‘Information Broker’, a system developed by Cargonaut that allows both the aviation sector and government bodies to determine whether a shipment will require inspection at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in advance on the basis of electronic predeparture and pre-arrival information.

The coming months will see tendering procedures for new equipment, the evaluation of pilot projects and the further development of concepts.


What is Schiphol SmartGate Cargo?

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol


Air Cargo Netherlands


Dutch Customs Administration