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If you are using the Amsterdam port waters, you are required to submit a statement for Inland Harbour Dues, similar to procedures in any other port. This serves as your proof of entry into the port area.
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Paying Inland Harbour Dues - how it works
Where you submit your statement depends on the location where you are sailing and staying
|Harbour waters: IJ, the North Sea Canal 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.||Inland waters: other Amsterdam waterways, such as the canals, the passageways, the Amstel, the Buiten IJ and the Amsterdam Rhine canal. Submit your statement to Waternet.|
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
- Use of public moorings and berths in the port area
- Designated vehicle landing points in the port area
- 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.)
|Cargo Ships||Tonne||€ 0,09854||€ 0,18000||€ 0,33510||€ 0,99616||€ 3,28190|
|Passengers Ships||sq. m.||€ 0,10326||€ 0,18854||€ 0,35107||€ 1,04358||€ 3,65477|
|Other Inland navigation vessels; floating objects||sq. m.||€ 0,10326||€ 0,18854||€ 0,35107||€ 1,04358||€ 3,65477|
Tariffs excl. VAT
|Cargo Ships||Per TEU||
Tariff per 24-hour period. Minimum amount (gross): € 50
Tariffs exclusive of Dutch VAT
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
Up to 15% discount for vessels with a Green Award Certificate:
5% discount if you submit your statement in advance:
Statement submitted before your arrival
(e.g. 7-day, 14-day or 28-day access): 5% discount
Statement submitted 14 days after arrival:
Statement submitted between 14 and 28 days of arrival:
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.
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.
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Email us this direct debit form to receive a discount
No, you can alternatively choose to submit a statement listing the length of your stay, e.g. a slip for weeklong stays. You can work out the most economical option when submitting your statement. Slips for weeklong stays generally work out less expensively if you tranship larger numbers of containers and/or if you call on the Port regularly. Submitting statements per TEU is more cost-effective when transhipping small quantities of containers and/or if you call on the Port only occasionally.
Port of Amsterdam aims to encourage vessel operators to submit their statements in time and applies the following deadlines for submission, including the attendant rules:
- Statements for 7-day, 14-day or 28-day stays submitted prior to arrival will be eligible for an early booking discount.
- Port of Amsterdam charges the regular tariffs for statements submitted between the time of arrival and up to 14 days following arrival.
- You also have the option to submit a statement up to 28 days following your arrival; please note that this is subject to a surcharge.
- In the case of vessels identified by Port of Amsterdam which have failed to submit a statement after 28 days, Port of Amsterdam will prepare a statement and add a surcharge.
A full list of discounts and surcharges is included in the Tariffs Table above.
You are only required to pay Inland Harbour Dues for using the port waters. We do, however, charge a booking fee for the reservation of berths. You may also be charged for certain facilities you are using, such as shore power consumption.
Yes, this is possible. You can make changes to or cancel your statement within 28 days of your arrival. If you log onto bhg.portofamsterdam.com, you can view all the statements you have submitted at a glance. For each statement, you will find information on whether the statement can still be modified or cancelled. If a statement still falls within the 28-day period, you can amend it by clicking the Bekijk/View button. You will then be directed to the detail screen for the statement, where you have the option to modify or cancel the statement.
You can choose to stay in the port waters for one week, two weeks, four weeks, thirteen weeks, or a full calendar year (i.e. from 1 January to 31 December). It is relatively less expensive to remain in the Port for longer periods of time.
From 1 August 2017, you can also choose – if you transport containers and tranship them at a terminal in the Port of Amsterdam – to submit a statement based on the container tariff. In this case, you will pay per TEU transhipped. The number of TEUs you declare must match the number of TEUs specified on the accompanying list of items to be loaded and unloaded. You must enclose this list with your statement. If you are using the container tariff, a maximum stay of 24 hours applies, in addition to a minimum gross amount.
Yes. The shortest length of stay you can choose is one week (i.e. a consecutive period of 7 times 24 hours). If you choose to pay the container tariff, a maximum stay of 24 hours applies.
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All commercial inland vessels are required to submit statements for Inland Harbour Dues when using Amsterdam’s port waters. However, if you are in transit without actually stopping in the port or if your vessel is exempt from Inland Harbour Dues, you are not required to pay these dues for your commercial vessel and are exempt from submitting a statement.
In all other cases, commercial inland vessels are required to submit a statement when passing through the port waters. Even if you are exempt, you must submit your statement within 28 days of passing through these waters.
You can submit your statement for Inland Harbour Dues quickly and electronically on http://bhg.portofamsterdam.com. You must start on the login page. If you do not yet have an account, you can easily create one by clicking on ‘Register’. Once you have entered and registered your details, an automatic email will be sent to the email address you provided. You must open this email and click on the link to confirm the registration. If you click ‘Click here to log in’ you will be redirected to the login page, where you can log on to submit your statement by entering the email address and password provided. For each separate vessel you must enter the arrival date, arrival time, the duration of your stay and the vessel’s ENI number or name. Once you have completed this process and submitted the statement (i.e. after you have clicked ‘Submit’), you will be automatically redirected to the page where you can submit a new statement for the next vessel.
Yes, this is possible. Log in to http://bhg.portofamsterdam.com and click on ‘My Account’ at the top of the black bar. You can click here on ‘Add new customer’ and you must enter the name and address details of the party liable to pay dues. Once you have entered the new details, you must click ‘Home’. You will now see the option ‘I am submitting a statement on behalf of...’ and can indicate for each statement the name of the party on whose behalf you are submitting the statement.
If you require assistance in creating an account or submitting your first statement, you can drop into our offices during office hours. Please note that you must first schedule an appointment by calling +31 (0)20 523 46 23. Our location is Havengebouw, De Ruijterkade 7, 1013 AA, Amsterdam.
Port waters include the IJ, the North Sea Canal and all waters/port basins flowing into these waters until the boundary shown on the map of the port waters. ‘Inland waters’ refers to the other Amsterdam waters, including the canals, the waterways, the Amstel river, the Buiten-IJ and the Amsterdam Rhine Canal. If you operate a commercial or recreational vessel in inland waters alone, you must submit your statement to Waternet.
No – submissions for Inland Harbour Dues for Commercial Vessels to Port of Amsterdam are valid for the period specified for both Amsterdam port waters and Amsterdam inland waters. However, the reverse is not true: statements for Inland Harbour Dues submitted to Waternet are only valid for inland waters for the period specified.
If you operate a commercial vessel in the Port of Amsterdam, you must submit the statement for Inland Harbour Dues to Port of Amsterdam (Havenbedrijf Amsterdam). Commercial vessels and tour boats which remain exclusively in Amsterdam’s inland waters must submit their statement to Waternet. If you are sailing through Amsterdam via Kostverlorenvaart or the Amstel river but do not intend to moor in Amsterdam port waters, you can also submit your statement to Waternet at the following link: https://www.waternet.nl/about-us/service-and-contact/.
You can combine the various standard periods of stay to achieve the desired period of stay. Please note: this requires that you submit a separate statement for each standard period of stay.
No – an annual subscription covers one calendar year, i.e. from 1 January to 31 December. For example, if you purchase an annual subscription in April, you will pay for a period of 12 months while the subscription is still valid for another 9 months (including April).
Yes – you can use the port waters as often as you like, provided you remain within the period specified.
The following activities involving vessels are eligible for dispensation from Inland Harbour Dues:
- vessels mooring in the designated locations in the Port in compliance with the required statutory sailing times and resting periods. These locations include Surinamekade, IJplein, the mud flat north of Surinamekade, and berths in the inlets of the North and South Coen Tunnel;
- training ships used for Rhine navigation or inland navigation, Navy purposes or merchant shipping;
- pushed vessels with pushed barges or side-by-side formations which are subsequently transported to their destination outside Amsterdam (maximum of two hours and exclusively at the mouth of the Westhaven port, also known as the ADM port);
- vessels which Port of Amsterdam believes primarily fulfil a public function.
The following vessels will receive dispensation from paying Inland Harbour Dues:
- vessels used for public duties carried out by the City, national government or Provincial Authority;
- rescue boats operated by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution);
- vessels in continuous transit, which do lot unload, load, moor at quays, on shore or piers or which use piers, quays or other facilities installed or managed by Port of Amsterdam;
- vessels which load drinking water at water loading and bunker stations;
- vessels which move a car onto, or remove it from, a vessel near a designated vehicle landing point;
- vessels located in berths near shipyards, ship repair companies (Damen Shipping, Sieking and Schrik, Oranjewerf and Ottenhof) or private marinas recognised by Port of Amsterdam.
- vessels required to pay port dues.
Yes – you must submit a statement even if you are visiting the port using a vessel for activities which are eligible for dispensation from Inland Harbour Dues for Commercial Vessels. You must do so up to 28 days after you have entered the port waters. If you fail to submit a statement or miss the deadline for submission, or if you fail to provide the correct information and end up being undercharged, Port of Amsterdam will impose a surcharge in addition to the tariff payable.
In the screen ‘New statement: Step 1 of 2’, enter your details and click ‘Yes’ under ‘Dispensation applies’. You can click the dispensation which applies to your vessel’s activities.
No, this is not necessary, as vessels eligible for dispensation are registered with Port of Amsterdam.
The following locations have been designated for the purpose of sailing times and resting periods: Surinamekade, IJplein, the mud flat north of Surinamekade, and berths located in the inlets in the North and South Coen Tunnel.
If you have purchased an annual subscription and sell your vessel before the subscription has expired, you are eligible for a refund for the remaining period. You can submit a request to Port of Amsterdam using the Inland Harbour Dues Contact Form, enclosing proof of sale of the vessel.
Port of Amsterdam aims to promote direct debit payments, and grants discounts to customers who choose to pay this way. You can download the Direct Debit Application Form here##. Print out the form, enter the details, sign the form and send it to Port of Amsterdam, BFZ/BHG department, Postbus 19406, NL-1000 GK, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. You will receive an email notification once your application has been processed. Processing time is approximately one week. You will receive a discount on the invoice amount from the time the direct debit is activated.
Vessels with a Green Award certificate (for ships maintaining the highest standards of environmental friendliness and safety) receive a discount on Inland Harbour Dues from Port of Amsterdam. The amount of this discount depends on the type of certificate granted for the vessel. The discount applies to any duration of stay entered. Stichting Green Award provides more information on how your vessel can become eligible for a certificate. See: www.greenaward.org.
You can file a written objection with Port of Amsterdam within three months of the invoice date. You can do this by completing the complaint form at the following link: ##link www.portofamsterdam.nl/ned/bhg/bezwaar. You must enclose all the documents showing evidence that the invoice or surcharge is unwarranted. If Port of Amsterdam concludes that you have been overcharged or undercharged or paid a surcharge erroneously, the appropriate amount will be charged or refunded to you by means of an invoice or credit invoice, respectively.
If you miss the deadline for submission, fail to submit a statement, of if the information you provide is inaccurate and you end up being undercharged, Port of Amsterdam will impose a surcharge of at least € 100 in addition to the tariff payable. If you have provided inaccurate information in your statement and this has caused you to be overcharged or undercharged, you can immediately change your statement by logging on to your account and correcting the details. If the statement has already been processed, you must contact us as soon as possible, but in any event within three months of the invoice date, using the Inland Harbour Dues Contact Form.
You can ask your question using the Inland Harbour Dues Contact Form or by calling +31 (0)20 523 4623. The members of our team are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and look forward to assisting you.
How do I submit a statement for Inland Harbour Dues?
You can submit a statement for Inland Harbour Dues by logging on to bhg.portofamsterdam.nl. You can register here if you do not currently have an account.
Submit your statement in time to avoid paying a surcharge.