Windmill Forwarding is specialized in international relocation. Also if you’re looking to move back to the Netherlands. We’ll gladly assist you with all the paperwork and customs clearance formalities here in the Netherland. Find out how we can help you with your move. Windmill Forwarding will get you there safely and smoothly.
Moving from one country of the European Union.
Are you moving to the Netherlands from another EU country? There is no need for you to make a declaration at the Customs. Within the European Union (EU) there is a free movement of goods.
Nevertheless there are rules for:
Excisable goods (like tobacco and alcohol)
You owe no duty to excisable goods if you bring them from an EU Member State and you are using it for private use only.
Check out this link: Exemption from excise duty
Cars and motorcycles
You have to ask for BPM exemption (Taxation of passenger cars and motorcycles) at the Belastingdienst:
BPM exemption form (in dutch)
Special products and pets:
dogs and cats
endangered exotic animal and plant species
arms, ammunition and fake weapons
Transferring to the Netherlands from a non-EU country?
Are you moving to the Netherlands from a non-EU country? And do you want to import your household effects to the Netherlands without paying import duties? In that case you will need to declare the import of your household effects to Customs. You should indicate that you wish to import your household effects without paying import duties.
You cannot file this declaration independently. The application must be made by Windmill Forwarding as your moving company using Customs declaration system. We will declare the household items with a special code (relief code) so that you can import your household effects with an exemption for import duties.
You will only be granted the exemption if you meet a number of conditions. The exemption conditions are given at the bottom of this page.
Applying for an exemption
We will apply to Customs for the exemption in its import declaration. For the exemption you will need to submit the following to us:
- A signed inventory listing all of the personal goods that you want to take to the Netherlands.
- The certificate of registration in the personal records database of the municipality in the Netherlands.
This must certify that and the date on which you have established in the Netherlands or another country of the European Union. You can also send comparable documentary evidence demonstrating that this is the case. Examples:
- your employment contract
- your employer’s statement
- your work permit
- your rental contract or mortgage certificate for the home you are moving to
- Do you intend to import a car or motorcycle or other vehicle? If so, send a copy of:
- the registration certificate
- the purchase or ownership certificate
Do you not yet have all of the requested documents (e.g.: a registration certificate for the municipality where you will be living)? In that case under certain conditions we can still apply for an exemption for your household effects. You will need to send the requested documents to us as soon as possible. Contact us for this purpose.
Certain goods among your removal goods are subject to special rules.
Are you also importing vehicles? If so, you will need to file a separate declaration to import the vehicle by us. Is the vehicle a car or motorcycle? And have you been granted an exemption from import duties for that vehicle? In that case you can take your copy of the import declaration (bearing an exemption code) to a BPM declaration point. There you can ask exemption for BPM (tax on cars and motorcycles). The exemption conditions are given below.
Conditions for exemption
To be granted an exemption from import duties you must meet the following conditions:
- You are moving from a country outside of the European Union to the Netherlands and will be living in the Netherlands or another country of the European Union.
- You are thus transferring your normal place of residence to the European Union.
- You have lived outside of the European Union for at least twelve consecutive months.
- You have owned and used the goods for at least six months.
- You have used the goods and will be using them again.
- You import the goods within twelve months of taking up residence in the Netherlands or another country of the European Union.
- You will not be loaning, pledging, leasing out or transferring the goods within twelve months of the date on which they were imported.
The exemption does not apply to the following goods: products containing alcohol, tobacco and tobacco products, commercial vehicles, non-portable materials for professional use.
Are you also importing a vehicle? If so, you will need to file a separate declaration to import the vehicle by us. Is the vehicle a car or motorcycle? And have you been granted an exemption from import duties for that vehicle? In that case you can take your copy of the import declaration (bearing an exemption code) to a BPM declaration point. There you can apply for an exemption permit for BPM (tax on cars and motorcycles).
* This information was copied from the official Dutch Tax website. Would you like to read more about what is and what is not allowed, please visit the official Dutch Tax website. Or feel free to contact us.