Dutch customs fail to check internet imports

15th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Only 10 percent of articles ordered from the United States by internet is checked by Dutch customs, says a research carried out by De Telegraaf.

15 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Research carried out by Dutch daily De Telegraaf suggests that only 10 percent of articles ordered from the United States by internet is actually checked by Dutch customs.

Journalists bought 30 articles in the United States, including clothes, sunglasses, mobile phones and other electronic equipment.

The average value of the internet orders was around USD 250 dollars - above the threshold at which VAT and import tax must be paid on imported goods. Only three of the articles were checked and surcharged. 

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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