Inland harbour dues
Paying Inland Harbour Dues - how it works
Where you submit your statement depends on the location where you are sailing and staying.
IJ, the North Sea Canal, the Zaan and Voorzaan rivers, Zijkanaal G and all its waterways/harbour basins that lead down to the boundary as indicated on the map of harbour waters.
Submit your statement to Port of Amsterdam
When do you submit a statement for Inland Harbour Dues?
Commercial inland navigation vessels are required to submit statements for inland harbour dues when they enter the Zaanstad and Amsterdam port waters. Commercial inland navigation vessels are understood as:
- cargo vessels
- commercial passenger vessels such as river cruise vessels
- other inland navigation vessels such as floating cranes and work vessels
You do not need to submit a statement for (or pay) inland harbour dues when your vessel has dispensation from inland harbour dues. You must submit a statement in all other situations. You must also submit a statement for an exemption.
You can submit your statement before arrival and until the end of the 28th day after your arrival in the Zaanstad-Amsterdam port waters. You change or cancel a statement until the end of the 28th day after the date of arrival you specified in your statement.
How to submit a statement
You can submit a statement for Inland Harbour Dues by logging on to bhg.portofamsterdam.com. You can register here if you do not currently have an account.
Submit your statement in time to avoid paying a surcharge.
It is also possible to file the statement automatically for push barges equipped with a tracker.
New: Automatic Statement for push barges equipped with a tracker
With effect from 1 June 2020, customers with push barges equipped with a tracker can file their statements automatically. Customers conclude a data contract with Port of Amsterdam for this purpose. The staying times for push barges equipped with a tracker are settled according to an hourly tariff.
New: User management in Inland Harbour Dues application
Previously, users could only see the statements for Inland Harbour Dues that they have entered themselves. In April 2020, we've introduced a new user management feature in the Inland Harbour Dues application:
There are two user roles: full access and limited access. As a user, you have access to all of your organisation's statements, or only those you have prepared yourself. Only your organisation's administrator can manage the rights of your organisation's users.
The following services will be available to you once you have paid your Inland Harbour Dues:
- Unlimited access to the port waters for the period specified
- Safely dock at the public waiting areas and berths in the port area
- Designated vehicle landing points in the port area
- Free parking in the port area
- Drinking water; the first 6 cubic metres are included in the inland harbour dues
- Free WiFi in the vicinity of the WiFi spots
- Services provided by the Harbour Master, who ensures that vessels are handled efficiently, safely and in an environmentally friendly manner
We check whether a statement has been submitted
Port of Amsterdam checks whether the operators of inland vessels detected in the port area have submitted their statements.
Be sure to submit your statement in time so as to avoid paying a surcharge.
If you miss the deadline for submission, fail to submit your statement, or provide inaccurate information in your statement causing you to be undercharged, Port of Amsterdam will impose a surcharge in addition to the tariff payable. This surcharge is equivalent to 25% of the tariff, subject to a minimum amount of € 100.
|Category||Measured by||1 week
(1 Jan. - 31 Dec.)
|A||Cargo ships||Tonne||€ 0,09658||€ 0,19317||€ 0,38633||€ 3,43377|
|B||Passenger ships||Sq. m.||€ 0,10121||€ 0,20242||€ 0,40484||€ 3,82389|
|C||Other inland navigation vessels; floating objects||Sq. m.||€ 0,10121||€ 0,20242||€ 0,40484||€ 3,82389|
Tariffs excl. VAT
Hourly rate for Automatic Statements for push barges
|Category||Measured by||Per hour
|A||Cargo push barge||Tonne||€ 0,000633|
Tariff excl. VAT
Tariff per 24 hour period, excl. VAT. Minimum amount (gross): € 50.
The tariffs for Inland Harbour Dues for Professional Navigation include the right to consume 6 cubic metres of drinking water per 24-hour period.
Discounts and surcharges
2% discount if you activate the direct debit option
If you set up a direct debit, you will receive a discount, avoid late payment and save time. If you have submitted your direct debit mandate by scanning the signed form and sending it to us, the payments will be automatically debited 28 days after the date of the invoice.
No statement submitted 28 days after arrival:
Minimum surcharge: € 100
You will automatically receive a statement and be required to pay a surcharge equivalent to 25% of the applicable tariff, subject to a minimum of € 100.
Frequently asked questions about inland harbour dues
Inland harbour dues
Have you taken out an annual subscription and have you sold your vessel during the year? If so, you come into consideration for a refund of the remaining period of your subscription.
You can submit an application via the Inland harbour dues team. When you submit your application, you must enclose documents that confirm the sale.
No, a statement for inland harbour dues for commercial navigation covers the Zaanstad port waters, Amsterdam port waters and Amsterdam inland waterways for the period specified in the statement.
However, the opposite is not the case. A statement for inland waterways dues for commercial navigation submitted to the City of Amsterdam covers only the Amsterdam inland waterways for the period specified in the statement.
The person designated as your organisation's administrator can manage the rights of the users.
After logging in, you can change the rights of your users in the ‘Account management’ section on the 'User management' page.
You are liable to pay inland harbour dues when you enter the Zaanstad-Amsterdam port waters. You pay once for the entire area.
The inland harbour dues grant you access to the port waters, where you can moor at one of the public berths in the area. You can also bunker 6 m3 of drinking water at the Haparandadam water dispensing station without additional charge. You can also dispose of your household waste, free of charge, at the Haparandadam household waste collection point. You use your SAB card (zero tariff) to gain free access to the drinking water and/or household waste collection facilities.
A fee is charged for mooring reservations. You will also be charged for any use of ship-to-shore power
Digital statements for inland harbour dues for commercial navigation in the Zaanstad-Amsterdam port waters to one 'counter' at Port of Amsterdam. You can make an unlimited number of visits to the Amsterdam and Zaanstad joint port area during the specified period of your stay.
Commercial navigation vessels and canal cruise vessels that remain on the Amsterdam inland waterways submit their statements to the City of Amsterdam.
Will you be visiting both the city and the Zaanstad and/or Amsterdam port waters? If so, submitting your statement to Port of Amsterdam will avoid you needing to pay twice. A statement for the port waters also covers the city waters, but a statement for the city waters does not cover the port waters.
On the User management page, you can do the following:
- Give other users access to prepare statements for your organisation by accepting an email request. Of course, you can also turn down a request.
- Designate users as full-access or limited-access users. Full-access users can view all of your organisation's statements. Limited-access users can only see the statements they have entered themselves.
- Grant full-access users administrator rights or revoke previously granted administrator rights.
- Allow full-access users to receive join requests by email.
- Disconnect users from your organisation. This means they no longer have access to the statements.
Yes, you can. You can adjust or cancel your statement until the end of the 28th day after your arrival.
You can log in to bhg.portofamsterdam.com and view a list of the statements you have submitted. You also see whether you can adjust or cancel any statement in the list.
Statements falling within the 28-day period can be adjusted or cancelled by clicking on the ‘View’ button.
You can choose from:
- 1 week
- 2 weeks
- 4 weeks
- 1 calendar year (with an automatic renewal option)
- by container/in TEUs
You can then pay inland harbour dues by container. The tariff is calculated on the basis of the transshipped TEUs. The number of TEUs you specify in your statement must correspond with the associated manifest, the loading and unloading list, which must be enclosed separately with the statement. When you opt for a container tariff, your stay is limited to a maximum of 24 hours.
You can change or cancel your statement until the end of the 28th day after arrival.
No, the levy and collection is based on private law pursuant to the General Terms and Conditions, Inland Harbour Dues. The Amsterdam inland harbour dues are a tax-exempt. This also comes into account for inland harbour dues in the Amsterdam and Zaanstad joint port areas.
Vessels with a Green Award certificate – extra clean and safe vessels – receive a discount on inland harbour dues for the Zaanstad and Amsterdam port waters. The amount of this discount depends on the category of the vessel's certificate. The discount is not dependent on the vessel's stay.
Information about the requirements to be met by your vessel to qualify for certification is available on the Green Award website.
Vessels can moor at the following locations for the purposes of the statutory sailing times and resting periods: the Surinamekade, IJplein and Slik north of the Surinamekade and the moorings along the Coentunnel Noord and Zuid inlets.
Do you need help with creating an account or submitting your first statement? If so, you are welcome to visit Port of Amsterdam during office hours.
Please make an appointment by calling us at +31 20 523 46 23. Our address is: Havengebouw, De Ruijterkade 7, 1013 AA Amsterdam.
You can combine a number of standard periods to cover the period of your stay. Please note that you need to submit separate statements for each of these standard periods.
Will you be staying for a couple of days? The shortest period you can submit in your statement is 1 week (7 consecutive 24-hour days).
Do you submit a statement on the basis of the container tariff? Then your stay period is limited to a maximum of 24 hours.
You can enter the Zaanstad and Amsterdam port waters as often as you wish during the period you specified in your statement.
The Amsterdam-Zaanstad port waters consist of the IJ, the North Sea Canal, the Zaan river, Zijkanaal G and all waters/port basins flowing into these waters lying within the boundaries shown in the map of the inland harbour dues area.
The inland waters consist of the other Amsterdam waters including the canals, waterways, River Amstel, Buiten IJ and the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. Commercial inland navigation or recreational vessels that stay in the Amsterdam inland waters area submit a statement to the City of Amsterdam.
No, you can also submit a statement for a specific period, for example for one week. When you draw up your statement you can check to find out which will be the most economical option for you. A statement for a one-week stay will usually be less expensive for a transshipment of larger numbers of containers.
No, an annual subscription covers a calendar year: from 1 January to 31 December.
Exemptions and dispensations
No, vessels with dispensation are known to the Municipality of Zaanstad and Port of Amsterdam.
The following vessels are granted dispensation from inland harbour dues:
- Vessels used for public duties carried out by the relevant municipality, national government or Province.
- Rescue boats operated by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution).
- Vessels in continuous transit through Amsterdam using one of the main waterways (IJ, Amsterdam Rhine Canal and North Sea Channel) and/or a passage through Zijkanaal G and the De Zaan river without utilising any Services).
- Vessels loading drinking water and/or fuel at recognised water loading and bunker stations.
- Vessels taking a car on board or off board at a designated vehicle transfer point.
- Vessels moored at recognised yards, ship repair companies or private marinas.
- Vessels required to pay port dues.
- Historic vessels – entered in the National Register of Sailing Monuments – with a Municipality Zaanstad lease that are moored at a mooring designated by the Municipality of Zaanstad.
You submit a digital application for exemption via the statement for inland harbour dues that you submit to bhg.portofamsterdam.com.
In the 'New statement: Step 1 of 2 – Enter your details’ screen, next to 'Exemption applicable', you click on 'Yes'. You can then click on the exemption applicable to your vessel.
The following vessel situations come into consideration for the exemption of inland harbour dues:
- Vessels moored at the designated moorings in connection with the statutory sailing times and resting periods. These are the moorings along the Surinamekade, IJplein and Slik north of the Surinamekade, and the moorings along the Coentunnel Noord and Zuid inlets.
- Rhine or inland navigation training vessels, navy vessels or merchant shipping vessels.
- Push tugs with push barges or side-by-side formations that subsequently continue to their destination outside Amsterdam (with a maximum of two hours and solely at the mouth of the Westhaven (ADM-haven)).
- Vessels that, in the opinion of Port of Amsterdam and the Municipality of Zaanstad, fulfil a primarily social function.
You can lodge a written notice of objection with Port of Amsterdam within three months of the invoice date. You can lodge a notice of objection by completing by contacting our Inland Harbour Dues Team. You must enclose all documents which demonstrate that the invoice or surcharge is unjustified.
If we decide that you have been overcharged or undercharged or that a surcharge was unjustifiably levied, you will be issued an invoice for the deficit or a credit note for the excess.
This is how we handle your data
You have created an account for submitting statements for Inland Harbour Dues. Port of Amsterdam uses your data exclusively to process these statements. We will not request any data from you other than that required for this purpose. You have the option to make changes to your account and/or have it deleted.
If your account has been inactive for three years, you have satisfied all your obligations for the payment of Inland Harbour Dues, and Port of Amsterdam has also fulfilled all its statutory obligations (e.g. toward the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration), we will delete your data. We are required to do so under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You can always create a new account next time you call on our Port.
As an interested party, you have the following rights: the right to access your data, the right to object to the data processing, the right to correct your personal or other data and the right to have all or a portion of your personal or other data deleted.
If you would like to exercise any of the above rights, including the deletion or modification of your data, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have your account deleted, we will also delete the data we have in our system for processing your payment of the Inland Harbour Dues, unless we require this data to complete the processing of your Inland Harbour Dues statements or in order to fulfil other statutory requirements.