• Re-importation of used household goods within one year requires special documents for duty-free import
  • If Customer is not staying in the Netherlands for a minimum of 12 months, bond will have to be posted for duties and taxes
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free provided:
    • The Customer has lived outside the Netherlands for at least 12 months (six months if previous residence was within the European Community)
    • The goods are not sold or lent for at least 12 months (six months if being imported within the European Community) after importation
    • The goods are in accordance with the social status of the Customer
    • Customer is transferring his principal residence to the Netherlands
    • The goods have been used for at least 12 months (six months if being imported within the European Community) prior to import


    • Passport (copy of pages 1-10)
    • Work Contract (copy)
    • Certificate of Residence
    • Application for Exemption from import duties
    • For Customer coming from NON-EUROPEAN COMMUNITY countries:
      • Form is provided by Destination Agent
      • Original form of registration in Customer’s new hometown
      • Statement from employer
    • Inventory (five copies) detailed and signed by the Customer must be legible and show:
      • Contents of all cartons (PBO “packed by owner” and MISC. “miscellaneous”, not acceptable)
      • APPLIANCE make, model and serial number
      • AUTO (or other motor vehicle) make, model, etc.
    • Residence Agreement (Rental or Purchase Contract)
    • Request for Import Permit — ALL anticipated SHIPMENTS (including AUTO) MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL PETITION. IMPORT PERMIT is granted ONLY ONCE.



  • Drugs and narcotics
  • All species of cactuses and orchids
  • CB radios
  • Meat products
  • Products made from endangered or threatened exotic animals
  • Explosives


  • New items (letter than six months old)
  • Alcohol and tobacco products (provide detailed description)
  • All weapons and ammunition are subject to special license and registration documents issued by the Police
  • If weapons are included with the household goods shipment, customer must be present for Customs clearance
  • Medicine (doctor prescription required, otherwise prohibited)
  • Electrical appliances
  • Foodstuff
  • Antiques and Works of Art
  • Precious metal objects (authorization from the “Kantoor Waarborg”)


  • Customer’s presence at Customs clearance is required
  • Quarantine may be necessary
  • Health Certificate and Certificate of Rabies Vaccination required


  • Customer’s presence at Customs Office is required to sign papers of exemption for Customs clearance
  • Documents required:
    • Original Registration Card
    • Purchase Invoice
    • Dutch Registration
    • Copy of Work Contract
    • Original Form of Registration in Customer’s new hometown
    • International Liability Insurance Card (Green Card)
    • Title
    • Copy of Customer’s Passport (pages 1-10)
    • Copy of Lease or deed of residence
  • Duty-free if owned and used by Customer for six months or more and included in original request for Import Permit
  • Auto is not to be sold for at least one year after Customs clearance in the Netherlands
  • Keys must be available

NOTE: Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.
Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, we cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.
Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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