|Area:||16,039 sq. mi|
|Top 5 Largest Cities:||1. Amsterdam 2. Rotterdam 3. The Hague 4. Utrecht 5. Eindhoven|
|Motto:||“Ik zal hanhaven.” / “I will uphold.”|
Planning a move to the Netherlands? Nationwide Van Lines has all of your overseas household goods moved covered. Allow our professional staff assist you with your venturous move. We are here to make every effort towards a very easy international move.
To assist clearing your household goods (HHGS), Customs requires a number of documents. As member of the European Union (EU), passing through Customs is extremely easy.
Import Declaration – A document stating the household goods being shipped.
Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.
Bewijs van aanmelding – A document stating your reason to live in the Netherlands.
Application Form – Form for items that are exempted from duties and taxes.
Vestiging Uit Het Buitenland – Proof of registration of commune where you plan to reside.
Aangifte – Douane 39 Form – Necessary document for Diplomats.
There are documents needed by Customs to help identify you, your HHGS and your clearance process. Below are some of the necessary documents of Customs.
Once your household goods have arrived in the Netherlands along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.
Your Duties and taxes will be due prior to the release of your HHGS. Duties usually range from 5 to 20% and Value-added Tax (VAT) set at 21%. There are a number of goods that are deemed duty-free. Your permanent residence must be the Netherlands or any other country whom is a member of the European Union (EU). Your previous permanent residence must have been outside of the EU and you must have resided there for a year or more. Your goods must have been for a normal household and have the same intent for use in the Netherlands. You must have owned and used these items for 6 months or more, imported to the Netherlands no longer than 1 year after registered in the Netherlands and not intended to be sold, given away or rented for no less than 1 year after registration.
As part of the EU, there are duty-free opportunities with restrictions. Please venture below to learn what is duty-free and its exceptions.
If moving from a European Union country, all HHGS will be duty-free with the restrictions below to deem as personal use, not for commercial use or sale:
If moving from a non-European Union country, the following HHGS can be imported by persons 17 years or older duty-free.
The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the Dutch language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.
Not every item is accepted into the Netherlands for reasons of the community, economy and the environment. Take a look below at all the items that are prohibited in the Netherlands.
Some items are permitted for import, yet have restrictions. Please take a look at some of the items with restrictions below.
The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.
For more information regarding moving to the Netherlands, please visit the websites below.
The Netherlands Customs
6401 DN HEERLEN
Telephone number: 0800 – 0143
Telephone number from abroad: + 31 45 574 30 31
All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.