Customs duties

29th July 2003, Comments 0 comments

You are subject to customs duties only if you are moving from a non-EU member state to an EU member state.

Exemption
Withdrawn exemptions
Household effects
Personal goods
Importing your pets
Importing a parrot or psittacine bird
Importing a car

Exemption

Even if you come from outside the EU, you may be exempted from customs duties if the following conditions are met:

  • Your residence in a non-EU member state must have been your residence for at least 12 months before transferring to The Netherlands
  • You must have applied for an exemption permit in The Netherlands before moving. This must be done through the tax office in the area in which you intend to live. The Dutch embassy in your home country should be able to give the address, or you can call the helpline on +31(0)45 574 3031 for more information.
  • The personal effects being transported must have been used and in your possession for at least six months before importation
  • Along with your exemption request, you must include a list of household effects and other goods that you would like to take along with you
  • You must use the goods for the same purpose you would have used the goods for in your usual place of residence
  • The goods must be transported within twelve months of your relocation to The Netherlands
Withdrawn exemptions

Your exemption can be revoked if you hire, lend or sell any household effects. This condition is in effect for 12 months from the date the custom authorities accept the customs declaration.

Household effects

Almost all EU member states provide exemption if the goods imported are household items. The effects must be transported from your former address to your new address in The Netherlands.

Personal goods

All personal goods are exempted from taxation.

Importing your pets

There are no quarantine requirements in Holland if your pet is healthy and its vaccinations are up to date. In order to import your cat and/or dog, you will need a Certificate of Rabies Vaccination issued by a veterinarian. The Certificate must include the following:

  • Owner's name
  • Description of the animal
  • Date of vaccination
  • Type of vaccination used and its expiry date
  • Name of manufacturer of the vaccines
  • Batch numbers
If you do not have this certificate for your pet, it will be returned to its home country. After you have arrived in Holland with your pet, be sure to register it at your local town hall. Be aware that in The Netherlands you must pay tax on your dog yearly.

Importing a parrot or psittacine bird

Individuals entering the Netherlands may import a maximum of two parrots or psittacine birds (birds of the parrot family.) The bird(s) must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a veterinarian. The document cannot be older than two months when the bird crosses the Dutch border.

Importing a car

Cars and motorcycles imported from non-EU countries are subject to import duty. You must declare your imported vehicle when you arrive and pay the duty at that time. The sum due will vary depending on the age, size and book price of the vehicle.

Regardless of the vehicle's origin, you may have to pay sales tax if the vehicle does not meet the minimum requirements to be considered used: 6,000km driven and at least six months since the date of registration. 

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