Worldwide Moving – the Netherlands

Drugs, Firearms, ammunition flammable products, pornography and (parts of) protected animals (both subject to license). Alcohol may be imported but is subject to full duties and taxes.
Please also note that only limited quantities of (canned) food and / or beverages can be imported into The Netherlands; any quantities above the average will immediately result in an inspection by customs, next to that import duties / taxes and customs inspection charges will have to be paid. We strongly suggest not to ship any food or beverages.

Household goods

Household goods and personal effects can be imported free of duty and VAT provided that:
The owner transfers his / her main residence from another country to The Netherlands.
The owner has resided outside The Netherlands for at least one year.
The goods have to be for personal use and cannot be sold within 1 year after customs clearance.
Documents required for customs clearance of household goods and personal effects:
3 copies of legible inventory list
Copy of passport
Copy proof of registration of commune shipper intends to live in (in Dutch it is called “vestiging uit het buitenland”). Document can be obtained at local Town Hall
Employers declaration stating place and duration of employment in The Netherlands
Copy lease or deed of future residence
It is common that The Netherlands agent will be applying for the Exemption of Duties and Taxes on behalf of the client. The required documents are to be handed over to the Agent who will accordingly submit the request to the appropriate local customs office.

Important remark: Your client should be made aware that obtaining a free import permit is a time consuming matter. Unfortunately, your client will have to allow at least 2 – 6 weeks, from date of handing over above mentioned document to customs, to have the free import permit issued.

In order to import cars / motorcycles free of any duties / taxes into The Netherlands it should be part of a household shipment and should have been owned and used for at least six months prior to actual shipping out. The owner should also have stayed outside The Netherlands for at least one year.
Dutch customs also requires the full and complete chassis number of car / motorcycle to be hammered on framework of car / motorcycle. A small metal plate just beneath the win screen (like US cars are having) will not be authorized. In case no chassis number has been hammered in at all, we can have it done at additional charges.

Documents required for customs clearance of motor vehicle:
Copy of purchase invoice
Original certificate of title
Copy proof of insurance

With the above mentioned documents, plus the document for the household shipment, client will have to request for an Exemption from Duties and Taxes from the Head of the Customs and Excise in the district where he / she intends to take up residence. Client will be informed with the address of the local customs office where he / she has to hand over the required documents. our Agent should be in possession of the free import permit at least 1 week prior to arrival of the shipment in Rotterdam port / Amsterdam airport to avoid demurrage / detention / storage charges. Diplomatic shipments

Duty-free importation allowed upon presentation of a D39 form issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or relevant Embassy / Consulate.
Inheritance goods / Wedding gifts / Return goods
They may be imported free of duties and taxes with an ‘Exemption of Duties and Taxes’. Copy of Will and Notarial Act with inventory list required.

Domestic pets
They may be imported if a health certificate is added to the list of documents and vaccination for ‘Rabies’.

Making a false or misleading statement to the Authorities is an offence and may involve heavy penalties. Drug trafficking is against the law and severe penalties apply.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Sea & Air International cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest Australian customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

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