One condition for derogation is that phosphate excretion of Dutch livestock manure must not exceed 150.7 million kg as of 1 January 2022. The maximum level for nitrogen excretion is set at 489.4 million kg. The European Commission Implementing Decision of 30 September 2022 on granting a derogation set the ceilings of maximum manure production as equivalent to production by the Dutch national herd in the year 2020.
As of 2023, the derogation is being phased out, and from 2026 there will be no more derogation for the Netherlands. In 2025, the production ceilings will be reduced to 440 million kg of nitrogen and 135 million kg of phosphate. To remain below future ceilings, nitrogen production as calculated for 2022 must fall by 6 percent and phosphate production by 11 percent.