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Moving to Netherlands


Capital: Amsterdam
Population: 16,856,620 (2014)
Area: 16,039 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Amsterdam 2. Rotterdam 3. The Hague 4. Utrecht 5. Eindhoven
Lanuage: Dutch
Climate: Maritime
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.

Required Documents for Import

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.

Import Requirements and Documentation

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.

  • A copy of your Passport
  • A Letter of Employment
  • 3 copies of your Inventory List
  • Your work permit
  • Your lease for your old and new residence
  • Purchase Contract for your old and new residence

Additional detailed document requirements

  • You must be present in the Netherlands to assist with clearing Customs.
  • Every fumigated containers entering the port of Antwerp or Rotterdam with an excessive amount of concentrated gas will be removed from the transport chain. It will take numerous months for release and is very costly.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

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.

Duty and Taxes

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.

Duty-free Items

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:

  • 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, 400 cigarillos or 1 kilograms of tobacco
  • 90 liters of wine (if sparkling wine), no more than 60 liters)
  • 10 liters of spirits (over 22%)
  • 20 liters of alcoholic beverages (no more than 22%)
  • 110 liters of beer

If moving from a non-European Union country, the following HHGS can be imported by persons 17 years or older duty-free.

  • 16 liters of beer
  • 1 liter of spirits (over 22%)
  • 2 liters of alcohol (less than 22%)
  • 4 liters of wine
  • 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos or 250 grams of tobacco
  • Other types of goods, such as souvenirs, with a complete value up to $492.04 USD, $340.64 USD if traveling by boat or a private plane. Gibraltar and The Channel Islands are considered outside of the EU

Labeling and Marking Requirements

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.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

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.

  • Weapons
  • Toy –like or replica weapons
  • Ammunition
  • Unlicensed cultural artifacts
  • Narcotics
  • Counterfeit items
  • Gas pistols
  • Endangered animals and its products
  • Alarm pistols
  • Endangered plants and its products
  • Knives
  • CB radios
  • Strike weapons
  • Pepper spray
  • Thrust or stabbing weapons

Restricted Items

Some items are permitted for import, yet have restrictions. Please take a look at some of the items with restrictions below.

  • Antiques requires an export permit from the originating country.
  • Meats, plants and dairy must be from within the EU.
  • Meat, dairy and fish can only be imported if 1 kilogram or less.

Receiving your Household Goods

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

Postbus 3070
The Netherlands

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.