International relocation and customs
When bringing goods into the Netherlands because you are moving, studying, getting married or receiving an inheritance, you may be entitled to exemption from import taxes. You are usually allowed to bring removal goods, such as your household and personal effects, without paying import taxes. However, this is subject to conditions. It also depends on whether you are moving to the Netherlands from an EU country or from a non-EU country.
You are moving to the Netherlands from an EU country
Are you moving to the Netherlands from another EU country? If so, you do not need to file a customs declaration for your removal goods or personal effects. This is because there is free movement of goods within the European Union (EU). However, there are exceptions.
You are moving to the Netherlands from a non-EU country
Are you moving to the Netherlands from a non-EU country? If so, you do need to file an import declaration with Customs. In most cases, however, you will not pay tax for importing your removal goods or personal effects.
You are moving from the Netherlands
If you are moving abroad from the Netherlands, customs formalities may apply. If you are moving to a non-EU country, you must file an export declaration for your household effects with Customs.
International relocation and other tax matters
If you are relocating internationally, there are other matters you need to settle with the Tax Authorities of the Netherlands.
What is included in removal goods or personal effects?
Removal goods or personal effects include anything intended for personal use by you or your family.
They are mainly movable goods (such as furniture and cupboards) and objects, means of transport for private use, household supplies for normal household use, small pets and riding animals, portable instruments for the exercise of a profession, and so on.
Goods intended for work as a manufacturer, trader or service provider are not included in removal goods or personal effects.